Diaspora West African Drum
and Dance Traditions
Exploring some of the ways African Diaspora performing arts practices are used to affirm community, communicate values and inspire dialogue, this program includes storytelling, dance, mask dance, music and song from Mali, Guinea, The Ivory Coast and Ghana.
Pennsylvania Curriculum Standards
(A=Assembly; W=Workshop; R=Residency)
9.1 Production, Performance and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts A, W, R
9.2 Historical and Cultural Contexts A, W, R
10.5 Concepts, Principles and Strategies of Movement W, R
15.4 Learning Through Experience A, W, R
25.3 Pro-Social Relationships with Adults W, R
25.4 Pro-Social Relationships with Peers W, R
Art Form(s): Music, Dance, Spoken Word/Literary Arts
Aerophone/ Membranophone: Voice
Membranophones: Djembe, Doundoun, Sangban, Kenkeni
Idiophones: Gankogui Bells, Kenken Bells, Wooden Sticks, Shekere, Axatse
Assembly, Workshop, and Residency Offerings
Featuring: Jeannine Osayande & Dunya Performing Arts Company
Dunya Performing Arts Company members specialize in laying the groundwork for cultural sensitivity through intense study of the elements of various Diaspora West African drum, dance, song, storytelling and masquerade traditions from Mali, Guinea, Senegal, The Ivory Coast and Ghana. Our programs offer an artistic platform for participants to create, imagine, ask questions, think critically, and add value to their community.
Jeannine Osayande is a teaching artist, choreographer and performer of West African dance (Mali Empire) for thirty-five years. She is founder and director of Dunya Performing Arts Company. Ms Jeannine apprenticed with De Ama Battle, The Art of Black Dance and Music, Boston, MA; Ibrahima Camara, Koumpo/Sahal,of Senegal; and Prof. F. Nii Yartey, Noyam African Dance Institute, Ghana. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Temple University, and a Certificate in Traditional and Contemporary African Dance from Noyam African Dance Institute and the Ghana Board of Education. She serves actively on the Boards of The Philadelphia Folklore Project and The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation. Ms Jeannine teaches technique and repertory courses at Ursinus College.
Joined Musicopia: 2016