photo by Peter B Meyers

Voice of Culture Drum and Dance


Since 2008, VoC has served as a core for Black arts and culture in Minnesota. Voice of Culture is a collection of artists dedicated to the study of West African arts and culture.  We are also artists and social activists committed to using our art as a vehicle for social change.  The VoC philosophy explores the connections between many forms of Black art.  We do this through performances, workshops, artist residencies, presentations in schools, and cultural exchange.  

As is custom in West Africa, all company members play instruments, sing and dance in the cultural tradition. As is custom in Black Culture, we get low! We strive to share the beauty and the cultural specificity of the traditional rhythms, movements, and songs of West African people.  As descendants of enslaved Africans, this study is a great honor to us, and an attempt to discover truths about the culture we lost over the Middle Passage. It is through the art of our ancestral people that we come to understand our history, our ancestry, and our places in contemporary society.  


Kenna-Camara Cottman

612-418-1646 or

Voice of Culture Members

Kinyari Al-Ahad

Yonci Jameson

Julian Hines

Kenna-Camara Cottman

Selema Al-Ahad

Deja Stowers

Ashley Akpaka

Jasmine Harris

Khetasar MenHeer

Ebrima Sarge

Averie Mitchell-Brown

HeavenLee Henderson

Muhrjana Henderson

Kamau Rodriguez

Darrius Strong

Carlene Williams »GUGU« 

Wacheke Njoroe

Mukulhi Njoroe

Aparii Tat-Siaka

Mesheer Tat-Siaka

Om Harris

Nafi Diabate

Tamiko French

Zania Coleman


Quanda Arch and I-Rule Time

Ndugi Njoroe 

David Pegg and Yvonne Rodriguez

Mimi and William Harris

Sehet  and Ptames Tat Siaka

Thandi and Kimathi Al-Ahad

Hesat and Pernu MenHeer

Beverly and Bill Cottman