Kazi Oliver

category: Dance, Music,

Contact & Info

Website: http://www.kazioliver.com/

Phone: 845-401-6744

  • kazi.oliver@yahoo.com
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003177624885&ref=tn_tnmn
  • https://youtu.be/LGjJLoZhAf4

Artist Statement

Drumming is a fun way to strengthen concentration, heighten clarity, and sharpen listening, memory and social skills.  Drumming also relieves tension and builds stamina.  Spiritually, African drumming is a catalyst for personal power and creative expression, also helping to promote cultural awareness and community bonding.  If you're looking for a program that honors authentic African rhythms and culture, look no further.  A master drummer in every sense, Kazi sees the drum as a powerful tool for unity and harmony, cutting through all ages, religions, races, cultures and gender.  He has appeared on PBS and on ABC-TV with Barbara Walters, at MIT in Cambridge, and the World Trade Center and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  He has also conducted classes, workshops and residencies for youths and adults in public and private schools, summer camps, colleges, community centers, organizations, corporations and homeless shelters. Kazi is available for performances and workshops, events and individual instruction in African drumming and singing, as is his professional group, the Kazi Oliver Drummers and Dancers, a multi-cultural, intergenerational ensemble featuring traditional African drum rhythms, dances and songs.  Performances are entertaining, educational, fun... a dynamic, interactive display of cultural celebration. "If every household had an African drum in it, the world would be a better place." ~Kazi Oliver

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