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Arts Commission

Bantaba Circle and Community Performances

Hadley Park-TSU, Midtown, South Nashville, and Antioch in Districts 17, 21, and 28

Sankofa African Drum and Dance Company was awarded $4000 to facilitate seven Bantaba Circles which are communal African drum and dance circles. These Bantaba Circles will provide a communal space for both expert and novice drummers and dancers to be taught traditional West African technique. Along with the community gatherings the Bantaba circles will showcase dancers of all leveles in a cultural community performance setting. These Bantaba Circles will take place for one hour each month at various public festivals and parks (e.g. Centennial Park- 20th Celebrate Nashville Festival; Hadley Park- 34th Annual African Street Festival; Nashville School of the Arts- Kwanzaa Celebration; and Ray of Hope Community Church located in Antioch).