WEST MICHIGAN JEWELS OF AFRICA
Traditional African Drum and Dance Group
(WMJOA) Traditional African Drum and Dance Group is a family- affair based organization located in the greater West Michigan, Grand Rapids area. WMJOA entertains and educates by bringing black history to life.
The three generation of members came together to enjoy performing and teaching the authentic African culture through motion, song, dance and spirit in 2002. The Founding members of WMJOA resided and studied this art in Decatur, Ga. When visiting in Michigan the group would teach at Seidman Center (currently the Boys and Girls Club) in Southeast Grand Rapids, 49507. African drum and dance is family- oriented, original social entertainment that provide knowledge of history during high energy participatory performances.
Performances, classes and workshops are presented with traditional African wear. This activity for all ages 0-99 and up includes physical fitness, art, history,social studies, music, .The songs are performed and taught in the native language. The vibrant heartbeat of the drumming helps to create a culture of unity and respect which strengthens communities and family bonds.
WMJOA is committed to teach Traditional African culture through our life, as an example including teachings on traditional: dance / drum classes, workshops, costume design, residencies, lecture demonstration, performances and concerts
WMJOA One Stop Culture Shop
1541 Eastern Ave. Se. Grand Rapids, Mi. 49503