BGJHS performs with West African Dance group… students AND teachers!
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A couple of Bowling Green middle schoolers are now wiser in the art of African dance.
Bowling Green junior high schoolers got to perform on stage with one Nashville famous West African Dance Group.
Baba Musa & Nature’s Drummers have shared their West African culture through performance for 30 years.
Thursday morning, they came to Bowling Green Junior High School to sing, dance, and teach parts of their culture.
They told stories of the wealthy West African Mansa Musa, explained what their cultural instruments were, and talked about the importance of keeping black history alive.
“History is not only black history…but it’s history,” said lead singer Bab Musa. “In junior high school, they are the most receptive to this different type of information and sharing.”
Bowling Green Junior High School band teacher Christi Shores said, “I don’t know how a group can mix history, humor, music and a powerful message all in one In about 45 minutes, but they did it very successfully! I’m already planning to push this to my colleagues and other schools.”
Most of all, Musa and the performers push the students to strive for excellence during their performance.
Musa said, “[The students] are the world changes. If we give them a chance to be great as to who they are and inspire them, they’re gonna do excellent.”