West African Dance & Drum festival

On November 1st through 4th,  Jeh Kulu hosted their annual West African dance & drum festival. They bring in guest artists from Mali, Guinea and Senegal to teach their traditions and they attract around 300 participants from all over the United States and Canada.
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In the Bambara language of Mali, West Africa, “Jeh Kulu” means “community” and this is what Jeh Kulu Dance & Drum Theater has worked to build. Founded in 1993, Jeh Kulu brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to honor the joyous traditions of West Africa.
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Their vision is to raise cultural awareness, create a sense of community, and, at the same time, have fun! Jeh Kulu is comprised of 20+ talented artists who share traditional rhythms and dances from the countries of Guinea, Senegal and Mali, West Africa.

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For this year’s festival, the group prepared traditional West African goat sauce, peanut sauce with chicken, yassa (red sauce).