Angelo designs and coordinates annual cultural tours to various countries in West Africa. These offer a unique opportunity to study with master African drummers and dancers, who are star performers on the local and international scene. Travelers stay in private rental accommodation, in “real” neighborhoods, dining on local cuisine and enjoying unique contact with neighbors, children, and artisans.

In 2005, for example, we traveled to Mali and Senegal. In Senegal we stayed in a seaside neighborhood of Dakar, taking dance and drum lessons on the beach. We also visited sites of historical interest, such as the sobering Gorée Island, the last African soil on which stood those who were shipped out to slavery. The Malian leg of the trip included a visit to the incomparably fascinating Dogon villages on the Bandiagara escarpment, as well as the music, dance, and puppet festival in Ségou on the banks of the Niger River.

Segments in both countries included local performances and lessons by major drum and dance artists. Trip duration is from two weeks to one month, depending on participants’ availability. Bookings are made in November, for the following January or February when the weather is most favorable in Africa. Specific activities are designed to fit the group’s interests.

For more information, contact Jenny or Angelo at 479.244.5425,
afriqueaya [at] sbcglobal [dot] net

Sojourn through West Africa