I would like others to experience some of the benefits that I have received from music and dance. Music helps people to live.
The rhythm of music and the movements of dance can help people to release the stresses of everyday life. Playing music and dancing gives you energy and excitement. I love sharing with children, young adults and older people these art forms that can help them to enjoy themselves. West African music is also unique. The rhythms all have a history, a meaning, and stories attached to them. Much of contemporary music such as Reggae, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, as well as Rock and Roll has roots in African music. Understanding traditional African music can help people to have a deeper understanding of these other musical forms. I also believe that music is a deep form of therapy for troubled individuals. I have worked with young adults in juvenile detention centers. Drum and dance helped those who suffer from anxiety to feel more calm and uplifted.