African heritage on campus

Del Mar College invited African Soul International to visit the Heritage Campus to display their talents and share their knowledge of traditional African dances for Black History Month. 

African Soul International’s mission is simple. “We present and preserve the best of African Culture through the dances, songs, rhythms, and stories of the African and African-American experience,” according to the group’s website.

This dance group has participated in and alongside performances of some of the top names in the music industry, including Beyonce and Stevie Wonder. The group has also been involved with some major motion pictures as well, such as “Black Panther” and “Coming to America.”

African Soul International was formed in 1998 by Dr. Jewel, formerly Sista Jewel, an artist who strived to make a difference not only within her community but also throughout the world. By educating, empowering, and bringing the music, and the traditional dances of Black history through classes and workshops for both corporate and educational settings. 

Based in Los Angeles, California, the group offers a corporate wellness program that has been used by companies such as NASA, Adidas and UCLA Healing Arts. Their corporate programming includes workshops, drum circles, corporate speaking engagements and other events that help corporations reach their goals and increase their productivity through an unique artistic teaching. 

Del Mar College is offering a Black History Month Speaker Event on Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Harvin Center Retama Room. Speaker Alberto Rodriguez, associate professor of history and director of the Mexican American Studies Institute, will cover everything “From Slavery to Snoop.”

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