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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 Of Atlanta.
When visiting in Michigan the troop Jewel's of Africa would teach the local youth at Seidman Center, currently called the Boys and Girls Club.
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, 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
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. Our educational entertainment on traditional West African involves: dance, drum, vocal classes, field-trips, workshops, costume design, residencies, lecture ,demonstration, performances and
Jewellynne Richardson/ Artistic Director
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
You have a location we can bring the village to you with our Traveling African Museum. This includes various family of authentic drums, cloth art, clothing and collectibles. This treat can come with a Griot/ Curator.
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