A TRADITIONAL WEST AFRICAN PERFORMANCE
AND EDUCATIONAL ENSEMBLE BRINGING THE SPIRIT OF WEST AFRICAN MUSIC AND DANCE TO NEW ENGLAND SINCE 1993!
Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater invites you to join us in celebration through traditional West African music and dance. In the Bambara language of Mali, “Jeh Kulu” means “community” and this is exactly what we hope to build with our audiences! Founded in 1993, Jeh Kulu brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to honor the joyous traditions of West Africa.
Our vision is to raise cultural awareness, create a sense of community, and, at the same time, have fun! Jeh Kulu is comprised of 20+ talented artists who share traditional rhythms and dances from the countries of Guinea, Senegal and Mali, West Africa.
Jeh Kulu is comprised of several well-known Master Artists from Guinea, West Africa, and many highly-trained American Artists, with extensive experience in the art form. We are also proud to include an Apprentice Company, and an ever growing Junior Company!
What we offer
Our talented ensemble offers exciting, high-energy performances that give a taste of the vibrant culture. Through music and dance, people of all ages and abilities can experience a taste of West African culture. Dance and music are part of daily life there, used to celebrate birth, death, marriage, the harvest and other rites of passage. In Jeh Kulu’s performances, we seek to re-create this community experience and foster insight into a different and fascinating culture. Following the African tradition of participation, we welcome audiences to join us in dance, music, and song.
We are happy to tailor our programs to meet your needs. Whether you want a full length main stage show, school assembly, wedding entertainment, or music festival talent, we will infuse excitement and energy into your event! Because we offer small, large, and full ensemble packages, we can work with you to create a program that suits your needs and your budget.
Residencies and Workshops
Jeh Kulu has offered school residencies and workshops for more than 10 years. Our educational programs are sure to be a memorable learning experience for students of all ages. We have found that these programs enrich the lives of school children, teachers, and parents who have participated in them. We teach about African culture, music, and dance, getting people up on their feet so they have the opportunity to learn traditional dances and rhythms.
Bringing hands-on experiences into the classroom is a great way to share information, engage students in interactive learning, and open hearts and minds. Our residencies foster greater self-esteem through positive risk taking, cooperation with peers, and empathy and respect for others. A Jeh Kulu “Artist in Residency” program is sure to stand out as a unique and valuable addition to your students’ education.
We will work with you and your organization to tailor programs to meet your needs!