Manimou communicates his love of his native country, Guinea, and his pride in it's traditions through a skillful blend of demonstration and active participation. Assemblies incorporate demonstrations of musical instruments and dance, and culminate in audience participation. Workshops and residencies may culminate in a performance of a traditional dance where students have the opportunity to demonstrate for family and friends what they have learned.
Guinean music and dance teaches rhythm, call and response singing. spacial awareness, physical endurance, cultural significance of the movements and music, and cultural sensitivity. It is our hope that learning about Guinean music and dance will inspire students to learn more about African culture as well as their own unique cultural heritage.