About APAA

MamadyMission Statement
The mission of the African Performing Arts Association is to create the stage for:
  • Preservation and sharing of world cultural traditions, heritage, knowledge and experience
  • Innovation by diverse artists
  • Developing increased awareness and understanding of cultural and individual differences throughout our society and communities
  • Sharing the expertise of individuals and groups with knowledge and skills in diverse cultural traditions and heritage

Brief Overview of Organization

The African Performing Arts Association – Gine Nyi Ra, Inc. (APAA) began in 2001 as Gine Nyi Ra, Inc.  The organization was created to fill a need for the small group of extremely experienced and skilled artists from Guinea, West Africa living in Atlanta, GA and nearby. These artists were eager to share their culture with their new community, but lacked the management skills to execute effectively.  The organization was established to facilitate opportunities and funding that will allow these artists and others like them to do what they do best, share their culture and skills with everyone who has an interest.
APAA is a 501c3 corporation and utlizes grants, donations, and fees for services to fulfill its mission.
The African Performing Arts Association is supported by drummers and dancers who provide traditional and contemporary West African rhythms and dances, performing as the “SamaTo West African Drum & Dance Ensemble.”SamaTo and its members are frequently sought to support conferences and performances throughout the U.S., and have performed successfully or taught for the following organizations, events and more:

  • Spivey Hall
  • Georgia Perimeter College
  • Decatur Arts Festival
  • Duniya Drum & Dance Conference
  • Kumandi African Drum & Dance Camp
  • Alabama Dance Summit
  • ArtsFest at Georgia Southern University
  • Academe of the Oaks
  • With Cirque de Soleil at Hard Rock Cafe for opening of 2006  Atlanta show
  • DeKalb School for the Arts
  • South Fulton High School
  • The Children’s School
  • Palmer Middle School
  • Oglethorpe University – accompanied performance of Beloved
  • Agnes Scott College – accompanied modern dance class
  • IolaRobertsElementary School, Pell City, Alabama
  • Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
  • FultonCounty Victim Assistance Program
  • The Georgia Renaissance Festival
  • CampColeman (North Georgia Summer Camp)
  • Washington and LeeUniversity, Lexington, VA
  • University of Illinois
  • FloridaStateUniversity
  • African Drum & Dance Camp, Little Switzerland, NC
  • African Drum & Dance Camp, Clinton, GA
  • Merveilles Drum & Dance Camp, Boulder, CO
  • Oakland, CA school performance tour
  • Charleston, SC school performance tour
  • Remo Drums – release event for a new djembe, Los Angeles, CA
  • Fa Nyere Fa Drum & Dance Conference
  • Wah Wah Drum & Dance Conference
  • Bolo Tenate Dance Conference
  • GA Board of Regents
  • Quitman County, GA
  • Coca Cola

 

SamaTo’s lead drummer was a 2005 recipient of the Traditional Arts grant, and is artistic director for Sehwe Percussion, a local percussion ensemble comprised of American artists and performing traditional West African rhythms. Members of SamaTo also teach weekly drum and dance classes and support the Drum Café Atlanta, which provides corporate team building events through drumming.