Dance group carries West African culture to Chippewa Valley for the Arts
Individuals in the Chippewa Valley were treated to receive an evening of traditional West African entertainment Sunday at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls.
Oumar Niancho Sanneh has been traveling around the nation for 10 years. He says he loves sharing the culture and history of Senegal, a little nation in West Africa, through traditional songs and dance.
Sanneh says it has consistently been his fantasy to share his nation’s culture to the world and unite individuals.
“Some kids come to touch me and say, ‘oh you are African’ and they are really happy and say, ‘we’ve never met African people before,’” Sanneh says. “You’re happy to share the culture because you love kids and share with them the culture.
Sanneh says he has been to everything except two states in America, Hawaii, and Alaska. He initially came to America to represent Africa at the Worldfest International Dance Festival in New York City in 2001. He says he travels every year from September to June, sharing his Senegalese culture.
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