Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chesapeake Arts Center trip

It was a chilly day for a field trip to the Chesapeake Arts Center. Students sat in the large auditorium to enjoy the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble on February 3. There was first storytelling by Baba Abiodun. Then, an introduction to the western African instruments played like the Djembe drum, Djun-Djun Bass drum with a Kenkeni and more. A large assortment of drummers and dancers ranging from age 2 to age 70 captivated us as we watched and listened to this artistic performance. We even got to see a stilt walker known as “Chakaba” who acts as a spiritual police. The Dickerson family founded and directed this organization which promotes cultural awareness through the performing arts and we were very lucky to have seen such a great performance!

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