Pumping Out The Speakers

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Good Working Music

Our creative projects vary extremely.  One day, we are hanging a small canvas painting on our wall, the next, we are designing a shadowbox for a treasured artifact.  A constant, however, is that nothing gets our creative juices flowing quite like a good record.  

Music is one of the most profound forms of art, and frankly one of our favorites.  Whether we’re on shuffle, or playing songs an album at a time, you can be sure something sweet is pumping out of our speakers.  

One of the treats about starting each day at the gallery is deciding which music to cue up.  We can create a cool jazzy atmosphere with the low hum of Nat King Cole’s sultry voice, or what feels like an Afrobeat dance party, courtesy of the booming vocals of Fela.


What genre of music do you like to play while you work?  Sound-off by leaving a comment below!

Learn Swahili with Friends– This Spring!

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Wanting to develop an African language skill? 
You are invited to join us for SWAHILI SATURDAYS!

Speak-Along Practice Exercises Below

Looking forward to visiting East Africa this October?


It’s Swahili Saturday

More Dates TBA
9:30 am  – 11:00 am

•  Introductions &•  Objectives

•  Call & Response

•  Vocabulary & Conjugations

•  Q&A

This class includes a bilingual forum on East African culture and travel!

About Your Instructor

Wisson West is the Director and Curator of Serengeti Gallery.  He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer, fluent Kiswahili speaker, and has 7+ years of working, living experience in Kenya, Tanzania Uganda, and other East African regions and countries.  More…

Practice at Home [Past Lessons]

Lesson 2: Speak-Along

Lesson 1: Speak-Along

Lesson 2: Read-Along

Lesson 1: Read-Along

The 2016 Unity Feast [Recap]

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See you next year for Umoja Karamu, celebrated annually at Serengeti Gallery!

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We hope that you were energized by a hot meal, good company, and positive conversation!

UMOJA KARAMU – Sunday, November 27, 2016


What Exactly Is Umoja Karamu?
“Umoja Karamu” translates from Swahili to mean “Unity Feast”.  The holiday was celebrated for the first time in 1971, when a ceremony of five colors representing historical periods in African-American history, was introduced by Edward Simms, Jr.  The Feast is held the Sunday following Thanksgiving, and offers much more savory objective and back-story: to inject meaning and solidarity into the black family.

A Tradition of Uniting Over a Hot Meal.
We form powerful bonds over a Unity Feast, which honors our royal past and nourishes a promising future.  Join us for Umoja Karamu. #SGholiday

Do You Love Good Vibrations?
Bring your positive self and join us for the annual Unity Feast!  Make new friends, or meet-up with old.  PLUS, this year, fill your plate to selections on the balaphone, kalimba and more, by traditional Ghanaian percussionist, Nana Frimpong.  

Live Afro-Beats.
Nana Frimpong combines percussion and storytelling with an incredible poignance and grace.  Frimpong was cultivated to be a drummer from a young age by his grandfather.

A Ceremony.
Libations, along with a tasting and a reading, are part of the annual ceremony.

A Feast.
A colorful menu, including chicken, cornbread, fish, plantains, black eyed peas, and assorted desserts.

– The After-Party –

A Baby Dance Party followed the feast.  *Babies optional.


See you next year for Umoja Karamu, celebrated annually at Serengeti Gallery!