Our mission is to preserve and encourage the appreciation of African culture by inspiring and educating the American public about Africa’s extensive and unique attributes, regardless of their heritage of origin. Cheza Nami believes in a play-based, experiential approach to education and teaches African culture, through dance, play and movement. We use cultural activities such as dance, drumming, imaginative play and song to provide interactive, educational experiences.
Cheza Nami Core Programs
- Community Assemblies: Cheza Nami artists visit schools, community centers, libraries, museums, and private corporations to expose individuals to African culture through dance, music, games, instruments and art through active participation. These assemblies typically last 1-2 hours.
- Drumming & Dancing Workshops: Cheza Nami artists lead 6-8 week workshops that use drumming and dancing to teach about African culture, songs, language, games and African themed stories. These workshops, which include ‘Mommy and Me’ classes.
- Drum Circles: Cheza Nami artists facilitate community drum circles, allowing children and adults to experience first-hand the power of drumming and community building.
- Summer Camps: Cheza Nami artists introduce Children to African songs, language, games, music, drumming and choreographed rhythmic movement in programs that span a number of days to provide a more in-depth experience of the African culture.
- Teacher Training: Teachers are introduced to a wide range of activities that can help music become a fun part of the classroom environment. Most of the tools and instruments used are African; however, most of the tricks apply to any type of music program
- Other Special Programs: Special tailored programs for your organization that aim to engage your community to African culture. These are available upon request, and we will work with you to design your desired program.