Djanjoba LA 2018

A Drum & Dance Gratitude Festival
February 23 – 25, 2018promo1Join Souly Dance Arts in honoring the dedicated teachers and culture bearers of Mande culture active in the Greater Los Angeles area!

A very popular public celebration across the Mande Empire (Mali, parts of Senegal, the Gambia, Burkina Faso, Guinea, & Ivory Coast), Djanjoba brings people together to honor a specific person, concept, historical event or civic action. Souly has participated in these festivities since he was a child dancing professionally in Burkina Faso, and is honored to bring the experience to Southern California.

Over 3 days and across 4 venues, festival events include numerous dance and drum classes, a dinner and roundtable discussion to discuss our past and chart the future; and a Midnight Dance Class. On Sunday, Feb 25th, a traditional open-air festival in Leimert Park, as part of the Leimert Park Artwalk will be the culmination of the festival.

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Sunday, February 25:
2:30 PM Djanjoba Festival Opening with Shine Muwasi
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Djanjoba Celebration
as part of the LEIMERT PARK ART WALK
4343 Leimert Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Featured Teachers: Jahanna Blunt, Nzingah Camara, Nikki Campbell, Ndella Davis-Diassy, Mareme Faye, Dramane Kone, Aboubacar Kouyate, Kara Mack, Mama René Fisher-Mims, Djeneba Sako, Solo Soro, Willy Souly, Magatte Sow, and Malik Sow.

Djanjoba LA 2018 is presented with the support of Alliance of California Traditional Artists Living Cultures Grant; and in collaboration with RhythmQuest, OCTENATE, Leimert Park Art Walk, and Motherland Music. Souly Dance Arts is fiscally sponsored by Show Box L.A., and a 2017-18 residency artist. The Show Box L.A. residency program is supported in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.