African dance and drumming workshop

Apr 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Updates

MaObong Oku performs traditional African drumming rhythms. She will be leading the Community Healing Workshop on Saturday, April 28, at Cates Hill Chapel on Bowen Island.

MaObong Oku is coming back to Bowen Island. If you were at Africa Night in October – or if you heard about it — you’ll remember the thrilling dance and drumming performance by MaObong and her Kokoma African Heritage Ensemble.

Now MaObong invites you to the Community Healing Workshop: An African Cultural Experience on Saturday, April 28, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm at Cates Hill Chapel. This workshop combines the spirit and technique of dance, drum and African cultural life. It is designed to create a sense of understanding of the common values and human relationships in African life that help to build and transform the community.

Africans celebrate life and create healing through musical dance and drumming derived from the movement of nature and animals in their elements. The workshop will give you the opportunity to explore and express yourself through this drum and dance tradition. You will challenge your body, improve your attention span, discipline your mind, and teach yourself balance through African culture.

You’re invited to come, relax, participate freely and dance to a different beat. Bring your own drum or any other percussion instrument, and dress in loose and comfortable clothing. Light snacks and water will be provided. This workshop will be a non-judgemental environment and maintains the tradition of dancing barefoot. It is recommended for those in high stress-level professions, caregivers, teachers or those who are looking to release.

Tix are $25.00 and are available at Phoenix or by calling Sheena at 947.2811. Watch MaObong on YouTube and visit her website. This workshop is a fundraiser for the Africa Village Project Association.

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