Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre is a performing arts company based in Calgary, Alberta. Woezo Africa means “welcome to the land of perfection.” The performing arts company pleasures in bringing the uniqueness of the African cultures to a wide audience through dance, music, theatre, and storytelling. Founded in 2006, Woezo Africa focuses primarily on educational initiatives to convey the intricacies of African art forms, providing a creative platform for people from all walks of life to engage in dance, fitness and education. Our company members draw from a rich background of dance styles from Africa to entertain, inspire and build confidence. Woezo Africa was founded to re-ignite an appreciation and love for the cultural values of African music, dance and performing arts. We want to enrich the global dance community through the infusion and celebration of African dance into our world-class performances. We want to share our knowledge of the history of African dance with several communities across Canada.
Woezo Africa created local and international productions, such as Africa Jo, UNITY: Dance Across Africa and UNGANISHA; as well as two editions of Woezo Africa Festival (2007 and 2012) in collaboration with the Guild of Nigerian Dancers (G.O.N.D) and Ijodee Dance Center in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2016, Wunmi won an award for people’s choice Performing Arts in the category of Dancer at the Obsidian Award. In addition, the endless support of Woezo Africa resulted in the celebration of three major achievements and recognition in 2017 and 2018 by being a big part of the inauguration of Alberta’s first Black History Month. Furthermore, Woezo Africa was also awarded a Certification of recognition from the House of Commons of Canada (House of Parliament).
Our vision is is to unify people through the Arts. By working with all cultures and generations to help create a safe zone of artistic learning and creative expression. We accomplish this by:
a forum through; workshops, classes, performances, residencies, where the celebratory style of African dance and music can be used as a universal medium to transcend any cultural barriers.
promoting, and producing performances, demonstrations, lectures, and media presentations which will aid in accomplishing the above stated objectives.
the general public, and thereby increasing the understanding and appreciation of the dance, music, arts and cultures of the African continent.