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“So many groups who perform here have interactive sections of their programs, but it is rare that I see the children respond in the lively and uninhibited way that they did with Wula.”
-Margaret Wages, Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Steeped in the African arts, our programs are educational and entertaining for all ages and walks of life. Our instructors include world renowned master drummers and dancers from Africa with years of teaching experience. We are happy to design a custom program that fits your group’s needs. We love what we do and would love to show you how music and dance promote cultural diversity and build confidence through self-expression.
Our artists are ready to travel and bring an exciting program to you!
Our assembly program consists of group repertory performance, audience participation, and general history of the rhythms, dances and culture. To begin our program, we greet the audience with a call and response exercise. Then we introduce the instruments, dances, and the people. In West Africa, there are 3 main reasons why people drum and dance. To call the community, celebrate, to help people work. We show examples of this and have a great time learning about the culture and feeling the power of the drums and movement it inspires!
Drumming is great for co-ordination, concentration, memory, focus, team work, and self expression. We provide drums for each student to play and build skills like sharing, responsibility, and teamwork through jamming together. We are flexible to teach any size group, but the ideal group size for drumming class is 30 or less. Students will play rhythms from West African and learn about the ethnic groups, history, purpose, and cultural context of the music.
West African dance is one of the most fun and high-energy activities on the planet. Participants will move, step, slide, and jump, to the rhythms of live drumming accompaniment. We will demonstrate how African dancing, drumming, and singing work together to create a sense of community and joy.
Discover the joy of crafting your own Djembe drum with Wula’s experienced drum-makers! Our workshops provide an interactive fun-filled learning experience for children, parents, camp counselors, and teachers! We start in Guinea, West Africa where our skilled craftsmen specially carve Melina wood djembes for your group. Our Wula drum-makers arrive at your location with the drums and materials prepped and ready for easy assembly.
Workshop participants are given the opportunity to pick their very own drum shell. The shell is the foundation of the drum-building experience – as participants will transform this into a playable instrument – as well as a work of art! We encourage each drum to be artistically decorated by students, parents and teachers alike.