"Because, Seeing is
ARTS & CULTURE
We should all respect the
arts of all cultures. Traditions are preserved
through creative art, literary arts, visual arts and especially the
performing arts of dance, drum and music. Below you will
read information that can be referenced to all art forms. However
we will specifically stress the African and the African-American Arts
that we do and specialize in.
To educate and teach African Culture and History through music, art and
the performing arts, especially African Dance and Drum. In addition, we seek
to instill pride, dignity, discipline development and enhance the understanding of the African American
experience in relationship to our African Heritage.
Must Save the Children NOW / The Children, The Future"
"A model, A solution, THE ANSWER"
by Robert Dickerson
" The development of
Self-Discipline is the KEY"
by Robert Dickerson
MEANINGLESS without LOVE and DISCIPLINE"
by Robert Dickerson
LOOK, LISTEN and LEARN"
Mark G - Renowned Philadelphia, Pa. Artist
"It takes discipline
to listen and when you listen, you LEARN"
by R. Mangaliso Davis - Camden NJ. African
"DANCE and DRUM is a MARRIAGE"
by Wanda Dickerson
WHY THE ARTS
WHY WE SHOULD HONOR and LIVE OUR CULTURE OF
AFRICAN ART and THE
AFRICAN PERFORMING ARTS?
Basic Answer: "Knowing the righteous of self,
is the essence of LOVING SELF, FAMILY and others"
"Consciousness precedes UNITY" (Dr.
Molefi Kete Asante)
Questions should be asked:
(1) Who are you?
(2) What are your roots and heritage?
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is
like a tree without roots."
(Honorable Marcus Garvey)
"We must display and be the
beauty, righteousness and love of our culture."
AFRICAN DANCE and DRUM
is where ALL DANCE and MUSIC COMES FROM"
with inspirational and positive entertainment
of the SOLUTIONS
and the MODEL
of what scholars, leaders, historians and educators
about concerning the
SOCIAL ills or the
of our youth and communities
we are one of the greatest
ART: human ability to make
things; creativity of man as distinguished from the world of nature / skill;
craftsmanship / any specific skill or its application /
creative work or its principles; making or doing of things that display form,
beauty, and unusual perception:
art includes painting, sculpture, architecture, music, literature, drama, the
the ideas, customs, skills, arts, etc. of a given people in a given period.
Customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or
A WAY OF LIFE
ROOTS: YOUR SOURCE OR
something handed down from one's ancestors or the past, as a characteristic,
tradition, etc.. The rights, burdens, or status resulting from being born
in a certain time or place; birthright
Diaspora: refers to the communities throughout the world that have resulted
by descent from the movement in historic times of peoples from Africa,
predominantly to the Americas and among other areas around the globe. The term
has been historically applied in particular to the descendants of the West and
Central Africans who were enslaved and shipped to the Americas in the Atlantic
slave trade between the 16th and 19th centuries, with their largest populations
in Brazil, the United States, Haiti, and others. Some scholars identify "four
circulatory phases" of migration out of Africa.[
Black on Black Crime, violence and hatred is the direct result of many African
Americans or Black families being destroyed or dysfunctional in some form or
another. We must stress to all religious, community and educational
institutions the value and importance of teaching our original culture, roots,
heritage, history and love for one another, especially to our young people.
Remember what the Honorable Marcus Garvey said, "A people without the knowledge
of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots." When a person loves and appreciate who they are, they will respect themselves
UNIVERSAL AFRICAN DANCE and DRUM ENSEMBLE (UADDE)-
represents what we believe, our final model of family that understands
and appreciate culture and values. UADDE serves as a proven example of the
success we had in developing and helping to educate young people about their
roots, heritage, culture, the African Diaspora and history. Also,
implement solutions and programs of education, discipline and moral
development. We also believe this is
a must and primary beginning in order to advance as a people in
economics, family and community growth.
by Robert H. Dickerson
Art, dance, music and the performing arts is usually the
best way to get a idea,
vision or a basic understanding of anyone's culture.
The arts have a built in discipline that
increases the ability to achieve academic
excellence. The arts give you an interest, and a better
understanding of global
and world studies. The
arts also enhance critical thinking skills. The performing
a discipline that
keeps you in rhythm with body,
mind and spirit.
To inspire and exemplify hope for all. To help
stop the violence, the killings
self hatred, for those who suffer identity, heritage and pride
● It displays, educate, teach
and encourage cultural pride, dignity and
● Cultural awareness through the arts,
the performing arts has been
proven to be the best way to help present values,
respect, love and
understanding of anyone's culture.
● It helps Africans
and other ethnic
cultural organizations respect and see worth in
as well as themselves. To help understand and appreciate the beauty of
African people and where African-Americans or black people
● It helps everyone and especially
African-Americans or black people to learn and
understand the importance of honoring their place of origin,
At the same
time it helps our African family appreciate that there are
UNITY, through teaching and emphasizing the importance of
AFRICAN DIASPORA, and the
This is why
Africans in America must
appreciate and help African-Americans
love and honor this mission. This will make
it easier and safer for all of us
to live in peace and happiness.
HOW CAN ART and PERFORMING ARTS
HELPED or SUPPORTED TO ASSIST IN
EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY CULTURALLY?
● (1) Take time out of your busy
schedules to observe performances, workshops and
seminars by African centered organizations to help
teach and spread the beauty of
Encourage your children,
family and friends to observe
performances, workshops and seminars by African centered
● (2) Teach your children, family
and friends the value, significance and love of
the African drums, dance, songs and instruments.
● (3) Encourage your children,
family and friends to support, join and get involved with
African centered organizations.
● (4) Learn as much as possible
teach and encourage radio, television
and print media to help support and advertise
● (5) Encourage radio,
television and print media to promote presentations of
African Dance & Drum organizations for their
listening or viewing audience.
● (6) Encourage PROMOTERS
of Cultural, R&B, Hip Hop, Gospel, Jazz, Blues,
Rock & Roll and Reggae events, to use their
or Superstars to promote high energetic and entertaining
& Drum troupes.
We must encourage our people to appreciate the
original culture of Africa where all music, rhythms and dance comes
Within the news media and our own personal experiences of family,
and nation, we are witnessing BLACK
on BLACK CRIME at an alarming rate.
BLACK CRIME, such as murder,
child abuse, child
intentionally sexually transmitting
diseases and more is basically BLACK
self hatred within the African American
community is the results of a
people and/or race, whose culture has been
results are having NO
and respect of themselves.
NOT, advocating and
supporting the arts and history is very dangerous and
contributes to the major problems and the social ills that
effect Africans and
African-Americans (black people), within the United States
African Dance & Drum Troupes will directly and instantly get to the
heart and spirit of the individual. This will give
your audience the desire
to appreciate their culture and history. It will also help educate
the past and present. Hopefully, this will teach them
themselves and others for the future. This will bring the
respect of order
and safety to your events.
Always add your African Dance & Drum troupes on
your advertised promotions
as additional HEADLINERS to encourage and
display to your audience the value
of culture (The original music) especially for
African Americans or Black people
suffer identity and pride problems. Some
promoters have used Universal
African Dance & Drum Ensemble this way and it has
been very successful in
educating and entertaining their audiences.
promoters and Universal African
Dance & Drum Ensemble have received many accolades,
e-mails, letters and kind
words from their audiences concerning their enjoyment
and appreciation at these
Use us to
inspire and exemplify hope for ALL, especially for African Americans
To help STOP THE VIOLENCE, STOP THE
KILLINGS and SELF-HATRED
ENCOURAGE AND CREATE
HEADLINERS OF THE
On July, 15, 2008, these alleged young men killed two Africans (husband and wife) from
unrelated incident a husband and wife also lost their lives while their
the residence. These
killings are of the highest level of evil, hatred
and ignorance. These
religiously and spiritually deprived.
(Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble)
believe that we have been blessed to
United States of America
to EDUCATE and TEACH at-risk or inner city youth the
values of love,
culture, history, and the African Diaspora. We also believe that
should be used
assemblies, colleges, community and
religious events TO
WE WERE BLESSED
Educating, Saving and Transforming Lives to be productive and righteous"
10 Issues of the Millions More Movement
is very important, it states:
Artistic / Cultural Development -
We demand a greater accountability and
responsibility of our artists, entertainers, industry
personnel and executives,
for them to commit to the redevelopment and upliftment of
our people. We demand an
end to the exploitation of our talent by outside forces.
We will make strides in obtaining
greater control over the means of production and
distribution of our immense artistic
talent and creative genius.
We advocate for cultural
development, and for the
knowledge of our original culture
to be used as a model for future advancement.
● (8) Study the benefits and
value of African Dance & Drum organizations.
● (9) Support financially and
morally to help encourage organizations to continue
the great works of advocating African Art and
African Performing Arts.
● (10) Encourage others to give
THE BENEFITS, KNOWLEDGE and VALUE
OF AFRICAN DANCE
♥ African Drum Beats and Music is the
true root of all music
THE FIRST HEART BEAT
- THE FIRST DRUM - (1st NOTE)
♥ The Pulse of the Drum
- Is the Spirit
of the HEART
♥ IT IS MUSIC THAT HEALS and PENETRATES
► All music including Classical,
Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Rap, R&B, Hip Hop, Rap,
Roll and etc., come from the African Beat
► African Drums are one of the highest
levels of spirituality produced through
BODY, MIND and SPIRIT.
EXCELLENT POINTS OF INTEREST AND FACTS
1 Africa is known to many as the
continent that feeds the world.
2 Africa is very rich in natural
3 Most of all the natural
resources, such as diamonds, oil, gold, silver, minerals and etc.,
were taken from Africa.
4 According to anthropologist,
Africa is the origin of man and THE MOTHER LAND.
THE FIRST HEART BEAT
- THE FIRST DRUM
5 BECAUSE OF AFRICA, WE ALL ON THIS
EARTH, GET A CHANCE TO LIVE THE
WAY WE DO, ESPECIALLY IF IT IS A GOOD LIFE
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