African Caravan

Traditional Music Society (The) (Master Teaching Artist) (Lighton Prize) [ view artist bio ]

African Caravan

Along with an introduction to the geography and sociology of West Africa, the ensemble shares with the older students the dances of two of Africa's greatest empires-Ghana and Mali. Centers of world trade from 235 AD to 1500 AD, these empires controlled world trade routes which included the cities of Cairo, Tunis, and Timbuktu.


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Grade Levels: 3,4,5,6,7,8

Fees: $568 for 1 performance; $864 for 2 or more performances on the same day / The break between performances must not exceed 90 minutes to receive the reduced rate.

Maximum Audience Size: 250

Availability: Fridays are best

Program Length: 50 minutes

Location: At Your School

Teachers' Guide: African Caravan TPG

Requirements: Wood floor or stage (24' x 28' preferred); dressing area; PA system with minimum of three microphones (five preferred) on boom stands; large world map (or map of Africa); area should be clean and clear of students 30 minutes before performance. Note: If a wood floor is not available, program content is adjusted for lower impact dance styles. Teachers must be present at all times during performance.

Standards: 1.1 1.1 Knows how a culture's art works and artifacts reflect its values and beliefs.3.1 3.1 Knows various age-appropriate cultural activities practiced in the target culture (e.g., games, songs, birthday celebrations, story telling, dramatizations, role playing).4.2 4.2 Knows major physical and human features of places as they are represented on maps and globes.12.5 12.5 Understands dance in various cultures and historical periods.& 13.1

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