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How An Oakland Based West African Dance Company Became One Of The Biggest In The US

Diamano Coura West African Dance Company

The National Endowment for the Arts named the artistic directors of Oakland-based Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, Zakarya and Naomi Diouf, 2020 National Heritage Fellows. 

In this interview, Naomi Diouf, who is known to students as Mama Diouf, talks about how they became one of the biggest West African dance companies in the country.

We do not just move, we are telling stories.

Diamano Coura holds classes every Saturday on Zoom. Find more information here.

This interview originally aired on Nov. 25, 2015