Thank you! Curtain closed on the 23rd African Dance and Drum Conference

Thank you, Atlanta community and beyond for contributing to the success of the 23rd annual conference (April 29 to May 1st) hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta-Buckhead.

Thank you, awesome dance and drum instructors for making this year back-in-person a memorable one for our participants.

Thank you, Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta- Buckhead throught Ms. Princess for the opportunity to host the conference there.

Thank you, Fulton County Arts and Culture and the board of commissioners, Georgia Council for the Arts, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta Mayor's Office, South Arts, Little Five Points Community Center, and Volume through Ben Holst.

Thank you, Manga board, members, and organizers for your tremendous hard work.

More pictures about the event here at Dance and Drum Conference over the years!




Honoring Assane Konte fron the Kankouran company

Honoring Papa Assane Konte the "Godfather" of the Manga African Dance & Drum Conference. Papa Assane, a guiding light and inspiration since the inception of theconference in 1999. "In everyone's life, at some time, ourinner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by anencounter with another human being. We should all bethankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” – Albert Schweitzer

"Assane Konte has been that human being for me, and our elders over the years that have joined behind him to continue to support me on this journey. I look forward to celebrating our elders during our silver jubilee of this conference in 2024 Insha Allah!"

-Dr. Ramatu Afegbua - Sabbatt


Shout out to our wonderful participants with the best dance expression and from coming from out-of-state


Cameron from St Louis, Missouri

Tinka from North Carolina

Tracy from Houston, Texas