Manga has been an important part of the Atlanta Community for decades, leading after-school programs
around the city and working as featured artists with Woodruff Arts Center and with the Atlanta Ballet.
Manga performed in the 2003 Georgia State University World Music Festival, was featured in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games, and was sponsored by Motorola to perform for the corporate pavilion. Manga hosts two major annual events: the Dance and Drum Conference in April and Osun Festival in August.
Manga not only teaches dance and drum from various African cultures, but incorporates the tenets of daily African life into the curriculum of the school system. Through dance, drumming, and polyrhythmic techniques, students learn to apply skills from the classroom to African performance, benefiting from an interdisciplinary approach to education, health, and wellness. During games, music, and art, students learn to apply life lessons taught in African stories and proverbs. Students study French which is spoken in most of the countries in West and Central Africa.
The company’s high-energy repertoire includes dances and rhythms from Ghana, Senegal, Guinea, Gambia, Mali, Liberia, South Africa, Nigeria, and others countries.