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September 11, 2007 > West African Dance Show

West African Dance Show

By Mona Shah

Local residents are in for a rare treat as the high energy music and tempo of Senegal is brought to Ohlone College... no passport required. Get ready to be thrilled by the music, drums, dancing and theatrics of the dynamic Diamano Coura in their season opener.

Diamano Coura, "those who bring the message" in Senegalese, has been sharing their historical recreations of West African village dance rituals since 1975. A nonprofit cultural organization, they are dedicated to the preservation, education, and appreciation of traditional West African music, dance, theater, and culture.

Under Director Dr. Zak Diouf and Artistic Director Naomi Washington, the company has implemented its mission through ongoing workshops, performances, youth programs, touring engagements, lecture demonstrations, community outreach, and creative partnership programs with renowned artists and performing companies. They strive to portray West African music and dance specifically as forms not simply for entertainment or exhibition, but rather, a means by which communities educate, communicate, organize, and preserve their ancestral past.

Diamano Coura embodies an entourage of carefully trained male and female dancers, actors, singers, acrobats, musicians, stilt walkers, and visual artists from Mali, Senegal, Guinea, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Gambia and the United States.

Diamano Coura also embodies a junior company of 15 members and does outreach to over 500 youths between the ages five and seventeen within the San Francisco Bay Area. The Junior Company is a part of Diamano Coura's Youth and Arts-In-Education Program. Exemplifying the importance of the arts in education Diamano Coura's Junior and Senior Company have performed and made a strong impact on countless young people in the San Francisco Bay Area school districts.

Diamano Coura
Saturday, September 15
8 p.m.
Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
Tickets: Adults $25, Senior, Student $20, Youth $15
www.smithcenterpresents.com
(510) 659-6031

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