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Community of the Beat

For one weekend, a diverse community came together in Champaign-Urbana to celebrate West African culture at the Midwest Mandeng. The festival of drum and dance involves three days of demonstrations, workshops, shopping and partying.

graphic courtesy of CU West African Drum & Dance Collective

graphic courtesy of CU West African Drum & Dance Collective

Master artists are flown in to perform and teach classes. Most of them teach techniques from Mali and Guinea. 

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