Forestdance is a joyous trio of musicians that plays the traditional music of West Africa and other African regions. With the mbira (African “thumb piano ) djembe drum, and balafon (African xylophone), Forestdance weaves a musical tapestry that tells of the history, challenges, and triumphs of African people’s everyday lives. Interactive workshops demonstrate the instruments and musical traditions of Africa as students learn traditional chants and movements. During the performance, students sing in call-and-response style and are also invited to dance. To bring students closer to the African musical experience, Forestdance is graced by the presence of a true African griot, or djele, from a royal lineage of musicians, storytellers, and historians who remember and recite the traditions and history of their people through music. Grades K – 12.