Learn about African culture through dance and drumming

The art can take many forms, but for a dance group in Lake Worth Beach, they teach their members and the community all about African culture through the rhythm of drumming and traditional African dances.

“Dance is art, it’s movement, it’s a different form of expression,” said Khinuu Nefer CEO/Founder of Afrique Ngozi Dance and Drum Group Inc.

Africa Ngozi Dance and Drum Group Inc. rehearses from the Downtown Dance studio, inviting young girls to experience their heritage in a hands-on way.

“Learning about it is like painting a picture in your head, but when you’re actually involved in it, you see the whole picture,” said dancer Fanaa Haynes.

For others like Captain Sarai Franklin, she became a mentor to the younger members of the group.

“When I first came here I was 12. Now I’m 16 and I’m 17, still proud to be here,” Franklin said.

For Franklin, she became a mentor to the younger members of the group.

“I know where they’ve been, and I’ve already put their shoes on…And I watch them grow like they watch me,” Franklin said.

“I look up to them a lot, seeing me isn’t just about segregation, it’s what’s inside,” Haynes said.

Africa Ngozi Dance and Drum Inc. was founded 8 years ago.

And performances at events like Kwanza and Black History Month are a way for them to share their culture with the community.

“It’s so diverse and you can see other people’s cultures, their backgrounds and what they’ve been through,” said Naomi Masters, a dancer from Africa Ngozi. “Our ancestors definitely built a platform for who we are today, and I feel like they would like to see more of it.”

The group performs throughout Palm Beach County and hopes through their arts and presentations that the city will create more cultural activities throughout the year.

“Black History Month celebrates the past, present and future accomplishments of African Americans, and they are our future,” Nefer said. “They’re going to remember the connections; they’re going to remember the performances. I feel like I’m building a character one dancer at a time.”

Their next performance will be February 19 from 10-11 a.m. at the Main Branch Library located at 650 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach.

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