Thanks to a grant from EFA, we were lucky enough to have Rhythm Life Collective visit us to teach us about drumming and movement.
Drum and Dance | Rhythm Life Collective is a global drum & dance collaborative presenting music of (West) Africa and the Diaspora (including Cuba, the Caribbean, North Africa, and Brazil). For ten years, the fundamental mission of the group has been to manifest spirit in community through educational and interactive public events. Our goal is to cultivate an environment of healing, celebration, and understanding for people from differing socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and age demographics. Furthermore, the fundamental guiding principle of the group is that art should be accessible, affordable, and available to everyone. We strive to work with agencies and venues that share in this vision.
Group members have traveled to many regions in Central and West Africa, Brazil, Latin/Central America, Japan, Turkey, and China to study these rich cultural traditions. Each member is committed to their own musical and artistic growth and development, coupled with a passion to share and teach these traditions to others. As such, we each continue to train and study with master musicians and dancers within traveling distance of our home-base here in Kalamazoo and abroad.