WADaBo – Bringing the Art of West African Dance & Drumming to Boston
WadaBo stands for West African Dance in Boston and they are very dedicated group of local advocates of West African culture, primarily in its forms of dance, drumming and other music. Their efforts also encompass the Diaspora as well. Just in case you are unfamiliar with the term, it refers to the migration of a people to other parts of the world. As you can imagine, when the traditional West African culture is combined with that of other regions of the world, new and exciting dance and music genres emerge.
The main focus of WADaBo is in the area of classes and workshops. They have a full calendar of ongoing classes available, mostly on the arts of West African dance and drumming, held conveniently on evenings and weekends throughout the area. Classes being conducted in other parts of New England are also listed on their website. A highlight of WADaBo’s educational efforts is the recruiting of outside artists to come to the Boston area in order to conduct workshops and master classes as well as to perform. It is hoped that the organization can ultimately keep local teachers and students informed and united as a strong cultural community.
Aside from educational events, WADaBo’s website is a good source of information for names of local artists for hire, updates on upcoming concerts, shows, festivals, and other events, West African travel opportunities, and even dance spaces for rent. Subscribe to their mailing list for updated information. Furthermore, if you want to get involved with the West African music and dance community, well here’s your chance. WADaBo is always looking for volunteers to aid them in their most worthy artistic cause. Oh, and one more thing, be sure and check out their blog!