Join LEAF Resident Teaching Artist Adama Dembele and dive into the sounds, rhythms and customs of West African culture in this online class. Adama Dembele is a master djembefola (djembe player) from the Ivory Coast, West Africa and born into 33 generations of musicians where his family home was known as Djembeso, “the house of djembe.” In this class, Adama seeks to share a holistic understanding of his deep cultural roots including language, the rhythms of the djembe drum and accompanying dances and customary dress, the historical context and storytelling properties of the music, a sense of place and more.
Each class we will explore a writing tradition from a different continent, learning about the art form and its origin, and then create collaboratively in that form. Additionally, students may create their own compositions to submit via email. Poetry, stories, and songs will be shared after class in an online journal on the LEAF website!
An All-Ages Hip Hop Dance class led by LEAF Schools & Streets Master Teaching Artist Otto (Aquaboogy) Vazquez. Get up and get your body moving every Saturday morning, with this great family-friendly, fun class! Classes will be posted at 9am every Saturday in April! Video will go live at 9am day of class, and will remain accessible for viewing at any point afterward.