Dr. Zakarya Diouf
Dr. Elizabeth Grady
Joseph & Alice Hughes
Samuel & Florence Johnson
"African and African diaspora music and dance continue to inspire new generations of Bay Area residents. For the past 25 years, companies led by C K. Ladzekpo, Malonga Casquelourd, the Dioufs, and others have retained the core pan-African belief that one grows closer to both ancestors and the younger generations by keeping dance alive. Dancing with the spirits on Earth is a rehearsal for transcendence to the world of the ancestors. Saved by dance."
By D.M. Roche, NCM Culture Editor
"Diamano Coura West African Dance Company inspired the same
enthusiastic response with the premiere of Bodeor, choreographed by Naomi and Esailama Diouf and incorporating sudden jumps, spinning arms and fierce, powerful ensemble work."
By Valerie Gladstone, Dance Magazine
"...look forward, as well, to the roof-raising West African stampings of Oakland troupe Diamano Coura."
Rachel Howard, Chronicle Dance Correspondent
Click here to check out KQED's Spark Video of Diamano Coura online!