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We are a not for profit community arts organisation who have promoted the best of African/ World music and dance since 1986 by organising events, performances and workshops featuring acclaimed professional artists.
We offer a range of workshops, participatory performances, and Arts projects to schools, colleges, events, festivals across the community.
African drumming using a wide variety of drums and percussion, dance, arts'n'crafts, costumes and props.
Zumba, Indian dance and song.
Collaborations with different cultural artists.
We are on Facebook under: Shelagh 'Soundjata'.
A multi cultural day festival set in the beautiful environment of Beaumont Park that incorporates music, drumming, dance, arts ‘n’ crafts, and various activities for children. It will focus on musical traditions from different cultures that all live in the same geographical areas –Asian, African, Caribbean, British, and Polish
This event would bring people of all ages and cultures together from across the ward to learn from local professional and community artists and to be educated and entertained in a positive and dynamic programme of events promoting a stronger community and a healthy and active lifestyle.
We have successfully promoted the best of African and world music since 1986 (promoting bands such as Baaba Maal, Toumani Diabate and Salif Keita to name but a few!), moving from Leeds to Huddersfield in 2002.
At present we offer music, dance and arts workshops, performances, productions and cultural events for schools, community groups and businesses. We have held workshop projects in many schools in Kirklees most notably Newsome, Moor End, Crosland Moor, Mounpleasant, throughout Yorkshire and in places such as Hull, York, Whitby, Bridlington, Rotherham etc.
We fundraise to run a community workshop and performing group, plus events, C.D recordings and educational resources. We also offer professional performances at events such as carnival, festivals and theatres etc.
We have featured artists such as Musa Suma, Ade Sose Wallace, Angie Amra Anderson, Seikou Keita, Henri Gao Bi, Dembo and Kausu, Musa Mboob, Chartwell Dutiro, Claudio Kron, Cecil Zinyuku, Mose Fan Fan, Lamin Jassey,Saliou Bah, Grassroots Theatre Company, the Zulu Nation and most recently Alpha Bah and Sombury Arts.
We acknowledge previous support from Youth Music, Arts in the Neighbourhood, Young Peoples Services, Community Support Services, Adult and Community, and Neighbourhood Renewal, Kirklees. Arts Council, LocaL Network Fund, Awards for All, Childrens Fund, MAC, Youth Opportunities Fund and arts@leeds