Drum/dance group to perform in Petoskey
Dunuya Drum and Dance will offer a workshop for Petoskey Middle school students on Wednesday, March 6, with a public performance that evening. (Courtesy photo / March 1, 2013)
Dunuya Drum and Dance is a global drumming collective presenting music of West Africa and the diaspora, including Cuba, the Caribbean, North Africa and Brazil. The fundamental mission of the group is to manifest spirit in community through sacred public performance. Their goal is to create an environment of healing and celebration for people from vast socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and age demographics. The fundamental guiding principle of the group is that art should be accessible, affordable and available to everyone. They strive to work with agencies and venues that share in this vision.
A central attribute of their show is the opportunity for audience's interaction, be it through singing, dancing, or playing instruments along with the group. Their shows reach audience members of all ages, and make for an opportunity for families and community to come together.
Dunuya performances emphasize respectful scholarship, immersion and proficiency of the musical literature they present. Group members have traveled to many regions in Central and West Africa, Brazil and Latin/Central America to study these rich cultural traditions. Each member is committed to their own musical and artistic growth and development, coupled with a passion to share and teach these traditions to others. They each continue to train and study with master musicians and dancers within traveling distance of their home-base in Kalamazoo and abroad.
The Dunuya Drum & Dance includes Carolyn Koebel, percussion and vocals; Calvin "Shangojinmi" Ruff, percussion and lead vocals; Heather Mitchell and Kama Mitchell, dance and vocals. The program will include drummers, dancers and feature West African master drummer Francis Kofi.
For more information, call the library at (231) 758-3100.