EVENTS THIS WEEK:
The African Dance workshop on Sat 11/18 in Chatham has been cancelled unfortunately, due to low registration. Please stay tuned for more workshops coming up throughout the Cape this winter!
Please help us go to Mali, West Africa in January 2018! Chris and I are raising funds for a trip to Mali, West Africa in January 2018. We will be joining a 3-week student program, led by one of our longtime Malian teachers, Moussa Traore. The financial support that we receive for this campaign means the world to us, in helping us to achieve our dream! Please feel free to contribute any amount:
African Dance & Drum
Cape Cod Community College
Spring Semester 2018
January 24 - May 9
WEDNESDAYS 3:30-6:30 pm
Led by Tara Murphy & Cape Cod African Dance & Drum
Please register through the College at
508-362-2131 x 4711 or x 4712
Payment Plans Available
Try this exciting, beginning course on African dance and drumming from Mali and Guinea, West Africa. In a supportive group setting, we will learn traditional West African dances and rhythms, as well as explore the history and culture of this region. Students will drum, dance, read an ethnographic text, participate in discussion, write a research paper and create a short performance piece with a small group. This is a wellness setting, where participants can release stress while creating community and learning about Africa.
Come dance and drum with us to uplift your spirits! African dance and drumming brings people together in happiness, for rejuvenation, health and community. Release stress, work it out and get into to the rhythms....
Cape Cod African Dance & Drum offers classes, school assemblies and community performances in traditional West African dance and drumming, all throughout Cape Cod and the New England area. We dance and play for the love of African culture and joy and healing of its art forms. Classes are for all levels of experience, background, shapes, sizes and ages. Try one out!
Please contact us if you would like our ensemble to perform at your concert, assembly, party, wedding or festival.
Cape Cod African Dance & Drum is led by master drummer Issa Coulibaly of Mali, West Africa; and Tara Murphy, professional African-American dancer of Cape Cod. Through their love of the cultures and art forms of West Africa, Issa, Tara, and all their fellow dancers and drummers have built a dynamic dancing and drumming community in the area. Cape Cod African Dance & Drum is a beloved and well-known ensemble throughout the Cape, staying active year-round with regular classes and performances. Through their numerous African dance and drum events on Cape Cod and the New England area, they share the healing and upliftment of these art forms, as well as education about African culture and the diaspora.
Issa Coulibaly began studying the djembe and dun dun when he was 11 in his home city of Bamako, Mali, West Africa. As his skill and reputation grew as a multi-instumentalist, vocalist and arranger, Issa toured Africa and Europe extensively before emigrating to America. He continues to travel, facilitating retreats and performing as the lead drummer and music director for a variety of African dance and drum troupes.
For more information about Issa, visit: www.issacoulibaly.com.
Tara Murphy, originally from Washington, D.C., began exploring her heritage through African studies at Yale University. She was awarded a fellowship to study traditional dance and drumming at the University of Legon in Ghana, West Africa. Since returning to the U.S., for the past 20 years, she has studied closely with many African and Afro-Caribbean artists in Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston. Tara recognizes the practice of African dance and drumming as a tremendous force for healing, empowerment and community. It is her greatest honor to share the inspiration of these ancient traditions.
Bounabou Fana Fama
It doesn't matter how long it takes -
your dreams will come true at the right moment.
- Susu proverb of Guinea, West Africa
Photos by Paula Muller (top); Kevin Trimmer Photography (middle); and Alan Belanich (bottom)