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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 would teach the local youth at Seidman Center .
     Traditional African drum and dance is a family- oriented social entertainment, providing knowledge of history through narratives.
WMJOA  high 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.
    WMJOA is committed to cultural entertainment , by teaching traditional African culture through motion song dance and spirit. We offer teachings on traditional: dance, drum, vocal classes, field-trips, workshops, costume design, jewelry making, residencies, lecture ,demonstration, performances and concerts.

                               Jewellynne Richardson/ Artistic Director
                               (616) 633-8148
                                  email; westmichiganjewelsofafrica@yahoo.com                               
Location:   Community classes
Baxter Community Center
935 Baxter St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone:(616) 456-8593

Friday- 6 pm - 7:30 pm
5 & Under: FREE
Youth 6--16 yrs $5
Adults: $10 
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