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Alakande! Spread Joy! is a women’s percussive and vocal ensemble that spreads joy by way of music, dance, song, and verse from the African Diaspora. They play drums from West Africa, congas from the Caribbean, iron bells and shekeres like you haven’t heard them played before, and more. Their harmonies will soothe your soul. The word “Alakande” is an original creation by its founder and musical director Joan Ashley. Alakande means “Let’s go spread joy!” Recently Alakande! Spread Joy! had the honor of performing at Dance Africa’s “Tribute to Baba Chuck Davis.”

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