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African Drumming in the Oaks

Join us in the Arboretum’s oak collection for a lively performance of African drumming and dancing, with Malian musician Joh Camara and his award winning dance company Troupe Sewa. This professional international ensemble of dancers and musicians offers exciting, masterful performances of traditional West African drumming and dance. Their work is based on traditional rhythms and dance steps, woven together through original stories.

This performance will take place on the grass: blankets or camp chairs are encouraged.

Sidi Mohamed Camara, popularly known as “Joh,” is a Boston-based musician, dancer, and educator. Originally from Bamako, Mali in West Africa, Joh now teaches traditional Mande culture, language, music, and dance at schools and community centers around Boston. He also collaborates with organizations such as Boston Ballet, Boston Symphony Youth Orchestra and Choir, Upward Bound, Planet Aid, and Metropolitan Museum in New York City.

Accessibility: The performance location is a level, grassy area just off the paved Valley Road.

Audience: This program is appropriate for all ages.

Inclement weather policy: Participants will be notified via email at least 24 hours in advance if a program needs to be cancelled due to inclement weather, and will be notified by phone if a program must be cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice. Click here to view our full inclement weather policy. If you have questions about the status of a program, please email or call the Visitor Center desk between 10:00am and 4:00pm at (617) 384-5209.

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Jun 23 2024


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Learn about accessibility at the Arboretum.

Oak Collection

By subway

Take the MBTA Orange Line to its southern end—Forest Hills. Exit through the door marked “Arnold Arboretum,” cross Washington Street, and take a left and walk half a block up Washington Street. Enter the Washington Street Gate on your right and walk along Blackwell Footpath. Cross the road and enter South Street Gate. Continue straight up the hill for 10 minutes: the oak collection will be on your right just before Centre Street Gate.

By bus

Take the #35 or #38 bus to Centre Street @ Faulkner Hospital. Cross Centre Street, walk north up Centre Street for a few minutes, and enter through the Centre Street Gate on the right. Take a right at the intersection and walk a minute down the hill: the oak collection will be on your left.

By car

There is limited parking near the oak collection at Centre Street Gate. Please plan to park on Bussey Street or Arborway and walk the 15 minutes to the oak collection.