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West Michigan Jewels of Africa (WMJOA)
Traditional African Dance and Drum Troop is a family affair based organization
located in the greater West Michigan, Grand Rapids area. WMJOA entertains and educates while bringing black history to life.
WMJOA three generation of members came together to enjoy performing and
teaching the authentic West African culture through motion, song, dance and spirit
in 2002. The Founding members of WMJOA
resided and studied this art in Atlanta, Ga with the Uhuru Dancers.
When visiting in Michigan the troop Jewel's of Africa would teach the local youth at Seidman Center
Traditional African drum and dance is family- oriented social entertainment. This traditional art form provides knowledge of history through narratives,song,dance and drum.
energy participatory performances, classes and workshops are presented with traditional African wear. This is a
family activity for all ages 0-99 and up. The songs are performed and taught in
the native language including the vibrant heartbeat of the drums.WMJOA creates a
culture of unity and respect which strengthens communities and family bonds.
is committed to cultural entertainment , by teaching traditional West African culture through motion song dance and spirit. We offer teachings on traditional West African: dance, drum, vocal classes, field-trips, workshops, costume design, jewelry making, residencies, lecture ,demonstration, performances and
Jewellynne Richardson/ Artistic Director
Location: Community classes
Baxter Community Center
935 Baxter St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Friday- 6 pm - 7:30 pm
5 & Under: FREE
Youth 6--16 yrs $5
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