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Kwanzaa Drum and Dance Celebration

by Afrika Abney (writer), , November 26, 2007

Kwanzaa Drum and Dance Celebration Hosted by Just Us Women Productions, LLC (JUWP)

Kwanzaa Drum and Dance Celebration is hosted by Just Us Women Productions, LLC (JUWP) and will take place on Saturday, December 29th from 1:30 to 4:00pm at Dance & Wellness Studio, 364 North Avenue, Studio 101, New Rochelle, NY 10801.

About the Kwanzaa Drum and Dance Celebration

The African Drum and Dance celebration will be led by master African percussionist Kazi Oliver and principal dancer and instructor Jeri Baker. "Their performance is entertaining, educational and fun…a dynamic interactive display of cultural celebration."

Guests will learn and share in the recitation of its rich history, symbols, principles and practices including the craft segment "create your own Soul wreath."

Fee: $12 Adults
$8 Children
$5 per person craft materials fee

To purchase your tickets send email to or call call 917-945-0765.

About Kazi Oliver

Kazi Oliver is a master drummer and percussionist and founder of the Kazi Oliver Drummers and Dancers, an ensemble composed of artists from the US and Africa. Mr. Oliver has been performing and teaching drumming and percussion instruments to children and adults for over 20 years. Mr. Oliver has performed extensively throughout the region and is well known for introducing audiences to an impressive array of African instruments.

About Jeri Baker

Jeri Baker teaches African dance and has studied with master teachers in the US and Africa. She is the principal dancer and instructor with the Kazi Oliver Drummers and Dancers. Ms. Baker has held residencies at numerous institutions throughout the state of New York. Ms. Baker has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in New York City and has studied at the
New School for Social Research, Mount Saint Mary’s College and the Mid Hudson School of Yoga.

About the Host, Just Us Women Productions, LLC (JUWP)

Just Us Women Productions, LLC (JUWP)" is a multi-dimensional company specializing in teaching busy people, particularly women, how to experience the quintessence of health by taking care of themselves. We engage in activities and provide services which promote healthy living and optimal wellness for personal and professional growth."

For further information about Just Us Women Productions, LLC (JUWP) visit

About Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a "unique African American celebration with focus on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement. Kwanzaa is neither political nor religious and despite some misconceptions, is not a substitute for Christmas. It is simply a time of reaffirming African-American people, their ancestors and culture. Kwanzaa, which
means "first fruits of the harvest" in the African language Kiswahili, has gained tremendous acceptance. Since its founding in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa has come to be observed by more than18 million people worldwide, as reported by the New York Times. When establishing Kwanzaa in 1966, Dr. Karenga included an additional "a" to the end of the spelling to reflect the
difference between the African American celebration (kwanzaa) and the Motherland spelling (kwanza).
Kwanzaa is based on the Nguzo Saba (seven guiding principles), one for each day of the observance, and is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st.

Umoja (oo-MO-jah) Unity stresses the importance of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying, "I am We," or "I am because We are."

Kujichagulia (koo-gee-cha-goo-LEE-yah) Self-Determination requires that we define our common interests and make decisions that are in the best interest of our family and community.

Ujima (oo-GEE-mah) Collective Work and Responsibility reminds us of our obligation to the past, present and future, and that we have a role to play in the community, society, and world.

Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah) Cooperative economics emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support.

Nia (NEE-yah) Purpose encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community.

Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) Creativity makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community.

Imani (ee-MAH-nee) Faith focuses on honoring the best of our traditions, draws upon the best in ourselves, and helps us strive for a higher level of life for humankind, by affirming our self-worth and confidence in our ability to succeed and triumph in righteous struggle. "

For further information about Kwanzaa, visit

About the Writer

Afrika Abney is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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