Wongai! Rhythms of West Africa, Brazil & the Caribbean

Type: Performance
Art Form: Dance
Grade Level: Pre K - 12
Scheduling Request

Discover celebratory West African dances and their adaptations in Brazilian and Caribbean cultures, set to the rhythms of African drumming in an interactive performance that is guaranteed to bring all ages to their feet. This program features authentic costumes and instruments and can be adapted to include narration on African art, culture, and history.

Remote Adaptations: Marilyn and Sekou perform a live version of the program via virtual conferencing, complete with dance, drumming, cultural contexts, and audience Q & A. A pre-recorded version, featuring all three performers, is also available.

Length: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 250 (in-person)
Curriculum Connection: West African/Caribbean Dance, Music, Folklore, History

Remote Single (Live or pre recorded): $625

Single Show: $775
Back-to-Back: $1,315
Three-In-A-Row: $1,860
Four-In-A-Row: $2,400
Travel Fee: $100 per day

Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Processing fee of $30 added to all contracts

Remote (live): School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artists co-hosts. Screen share must be enabled, however please turn off ‘annotation’ feature. Artist may need to sign on 20-30 minutes prior to the meeting to check sound levels. A representative from the school must be on the call to spotlight artist video, facilitate Q+A and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performers as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts ensemble.

Remote (pre-recorded): School has access to the video for one week unless otherwise stated in contract. Do not distribute video link outside of the agreed upon parties. Please introduce the artists as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts Ensemble.



  • 1 reserved parking space
  • 1 armless chair
  • Microphone (if available)
  • Water for 3 performers (if performing more than once)

Performance Space: 20’ by 20’ clean wooden floor (swept and wet-mopped)
Arrival time before first performance: 30 minutes
Strike time: 10 minutes
Time needed between performances: 15 minutes

Teacher participation is appreciated.

Please introduce the performers as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts ensemble.

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Visiting artist, available in person March 2022. This program is available online year round.