Saturday, December 14 at 8PM-11PM

Rumba Notes

5041 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118


Live Drumming and African Dance

Thione Diop and Friends

Saturday, September 21, 2019


Wa Na Wari

911 24th Ave, Seattle, WA


Percussion In The Park 2019

Featuring Thione Diop and Guest Instructors

Learn West African Drumming and Dancing!

Every Sunday

June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21

Pratt Park ~ 2-5PM

800 South Main Street, Seattle, WA 98144


(All levels Welcome!)



Saturday, June 29th, 2019


The Spirit of Africa Festival is a FREE celebration of the music, dance, and culture of Africa. We will bring high quality musicians, dancers, and other artists to the festival to showcase the richness, diversity, and joyfulness of African music and dance and to educate the community about African culture and the importance of music and dance in Africa – both today and throughout history. The Spirit Of Africa Festival is a day long event that will take place @ the Seattle Center Armory.

This project brings out of town artists to perform individually and also together with local African artists. The project will showcase the amazing talents of the out of town guests such as Yancouba Diebate, master Kora player from Senegal, Massamba Diop (featured on Black Panther movie sound track) but also celebrate the excellent talent from the Seattle area. Together this group will represent the music, dance and culture from many different West African countries.


Noon / 1:00 West African Dance Workshop with Awal & Sheimawu (Ghana)
1:00 / 2:30 African Drum Workshop with Manimu Camara from Guinea (2nd floor)
1:00 / 1:30 Intermission – Chairs & Stage Setup
1:30 / 2:00 Zambuko Marimba Band (Zimbabwe)
2:10 / 2:40 Yao Amponsah, Master of the Ashanti percussion (Ghana)
2:45 / 3:15 Afro-Fusion Dance Connect
3:25 / 4:10 Boka Kouyate & Djeliya Band (Guinea)
4:20 / 5:05 Massamba Diop (Senegalese Sabar Drumming)
5:15 / 5:45 African Fashion Show by Zeinab & “Seattle Fashion Week”
5:55 / 6:25 Diery & Diona (International Soul from Senegal & Seattle)
6:35 / 7:20 Yancouba Diebate & Wato Sita (Master of Kora from Casamance, Senegal)

7:25 / 7:55 AFRO Hip-Hop with Yirim Seck
8:00 / 8:30 Providence Kamana & the Africa Boys (Music from the Congo)

By “La Teranga”, a local Senegalese restaurant located in Columbia City, Seattle.

There will be authentic African goods, including handmade African items both traditional and modern with a variety of accessories…


*African Films (@ the 2nd Floor)

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES (Each shift is 2 hours):
Welcoming Guests
Hand out flyers and programs
Stage Assistant
Info Booth Attendants
Green Room Attendants
Help with Musicians Load\Unload
Festival Close/Clean Up

Please reach out to us via Facebook, Twitter, Email ( check our website @

Spirit of Africa Festival!

2017 Spirit of Africa Festival

Saturday, May 13th

12-8 PM

Seattle Center

Welcome to the Spirit of Africa Festival, formerly known as the Spirit of West Africa. The festival celebrates the whole African continent and the African Diaspora. Our mission is to bring people together in peace, love, and unity. Please come enjoy traditional and contemporary music and dance from different parts of Africa, an amazing fashion show, art, food, an African Marketplace, dance workshops, children’s art activities, cooking demonstrations, and more…


12:00-12:40 pm West African Dance Workshop with
Awal Alhassan & Abubakari Sheimawu

1:00-1:30 pm Mogador – Moroccan traditional music

1:35-1:50 pm Oromo Dance Group – Ethiopia

1:55-2:10 pm Yirim Seck – Senegalese Hip Hop

2:10-2:25 pm Somali Dance Group

2:25-2:55 pm Naby Camara – Traditional balafon music from
Guinea West Africa

3:00-3:10 pm Ethiopian Dance by Selam

3:15-3:45 pm Mark Lilly & Bembe Olele – Afro-Cuban

3:50-4:10 pm Thione Diop Kutiro Drumming with Adama Dabo

4:10-4:40 pm African Print Takeover Fashion Show by
Nansare Consolata

4:50-5:50 pm Obo Addy Legacy – live performance from Ghana

6:00-6:40 pm Zambuko Marimba Band – music from Zimbabwe
featuring Sheree Seretse

6:50-7:20 pm Hagucha Gariñagu – Garifuna Music & Dance
from Honduras

7:25-7:55 pm Senegalese Sabar Drumming featuring
Massamba Diop on Tama

8:00-8:30 pm L’orchestra Afrisound -Soukous Music feature
Frank Ulwenya on guitar

1:00-7:00 pm African Film and Music Videos (upstairs)

All Day:

Food by Senegambia Cooking Restaurant

African Marketplace

Children’s African Doll-Making Activity with Marita Dingus

Artist Eric Salisbury, SOA poster designer, will be present to
sign posters and display his art.

* Festival MC: Kenju Waweru


Rise and Shine
Love i Products
Africa Mama
Out of Africa
Nana Yesman African Craft
Artisans International
Amandi African Artifacts
Dolo Kura African Shop
C Art Gallery
Mavisa Carvers
Senegambian Cooking Restaurant
Africatown Central District
My World Dance & Fitness Studio
BilliElePhant Designs

Official Festival T-shirts for Sale (Info Booth)


*Children’s African Dollmaking with Marita Dingus (upstairs)
*Poster Signing with Poster Artist Eric Salisbury
*African Films and Music Videos

Thank you for considering a donation to the Spirit of Africa Festival. We couldn’t present all this great music, dance, art and culture without you!


Spirit of West Africa Festival 2016

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Spirit of West Africa Festival 2016


at Jaam Rek Studios

2000 S. Jackson Street

Seattle, WA 98144


Please join us this Saturday for an evening of music, dance and cultural connection! We are happy to share this unique opportunity for friendship and community in celebration of the many peoples of West Africa and the Diaspora.


4:00 – Doors Open with Set by DJ Marley | JAMAICA

5:00 – Sabar Drumming by Mapathe Diop & Gora Diop | SENEGAL

6:00 – Thione Diop & Yeke Yeke ft. Dora Oliveira & Maxie Jamal | SENEGAL, BRASIL, & US

7:00 – Fashion Show by Nansare Consolata & Best of Both Worlds | AFRICAN DIASPORA

7:30 – Yaw Amponsah & Anokye AGOFOMMA ft. Mohammed Shaibu | GHANA

8:15 – Mark Lilly & Bembe Olele | AFRO-CUBAN

9:00 – Argan Band | MOROCCO

10:00 – Comfort Food | “Bitches Brew meets Fela Kuti!”


Senegambian Cooking by Awa Jaye
food & beverages available for purchase

Free Admission

All Ages – Family Friendly

Peace & Bless…

SOWA 2016 poster