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Our name “Wontanara” is a phrase from Guinea which means “we are one.” As such, it is our mission to celebrate diversity in the Columbia community by focusing on the performing arts of Africa and her diaspora. Through educational outreach, dance and percussion classes, performances, workshops, festivals, and collaborations with other community organizations, we hope to bring our community members together and cultivate an appreciation of what African culture has to offer.


  1. To provide Columbia, MO with easily accessible opportunities to learn about African music, dance, art, and culture.

  2. To promote awareness of and respect for diverse cultures.

  3. To foster individual and group creativity among people of all ages and backgrounds.

  4. To host master drummers and dancers to Columbia, especially from African countries and communities.