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Through drumming and dancing during school assemblies, residencies, workshops and public performances, Charles promotes multiculturalism and unity while offering students a fun, social and physical activity.

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Learning About Africa
Charles provides multicultural lessons by giving students authentic, hand-on experiences with African culture. He creates an authentic African village ambiance in your school and uses ceremonial African clothes and traditional instuments to teach about the culture in West Africa. Often Hwendo, a talented group of master dancers, master drummers and a gifted storyteller, accompany Charles.

Charles incorporates a variety of activities into his educational programs depending on the length desired. Students could be introduced to Africa using maps and photos and discussions about African culture and fashions may occur.

African Dancing

Traditional African dance movements were often drawn from observations of the external world – for example, watching the animals, the elements (water, earth, wind and fire) and everyday movements of people.

It is very athletic and high energy and teaches how to move every part of the body to the rhythm. Students warm up with basic African movements and learn an authentic African dance.

African Drumming

Drumming is an essential component of African dance. The energy of the drums forms a triad of music, dance and song which is very important in African Tradition. There is a certain heartbeat you feel when you connect with the rhythm of the drums.

African rhythm activities use traditional instruments – Zinli drum, Beoun Beoun drum, Kpawle drum, Djembe drums, cascagnetes, gongs, balafon, talking drum, and water percussion. If resources are available, students can create their own instruments.

African Language

In Benin, the people speak French and Fon, an African language. Learning simple words, numbers, and phrases in those languages and a welcome song and good-bye song in French could also be part of the presentation.

African Crafts
Students may also be able to make masks, headbands, ankle bells, jewelry, shakers and stamped cloth.
Charles Ahovissi's Lesson Plan & Curriculum Information

African Dance and Drumming Residency (15 Days): View

Classroom Sessions Overview (15 Sessions): View

Ahovissi Drumming Sessions: View

Traditional African Music History: View

Inquire about Charles Ahovissi & Hwendo teaching at your school.

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