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ETG 2021 Upcoming Events

ENHACE THE GIFT SUMMER VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS CAMP

We are excited to announce that this summer we will be back IN PERSON for a live 3-day event in the city of Perris, CA. Classes will be held 9 AM-12 PM July 15th through July 17th. We will have professional African Drummers and Dancers teaching us the Sights and the Sounds of the village! Only $50 for the entire 3 Day Event! There will also be a complimentary online evening course for students ages 12 & up on African American History taught by the one and only Pastor Benjamin Briggs II! You don’t want to miss a spectacular time to familiarize yourself with the history of the African American Culture! Check here to register now: https://conta.cc/3uHs0v2

Meet This Year's Summer Camp Instructors​

Sekani Thomas

Nigel Zuniga

Bernard 'Yiriba' Thomas

Sekani Thomas, also known as KAYINBEATS is 3rd generation professional percussionist and Electronic Music Producer who began his musical journey as an understudy with Teye Sa Thiosanne African Drum and Dance Company at the age of 6 under the direction of Yiriba Thomas and Terrence Uzoma Nelson.

While there he began training with Master Djembe Fola Moussa Traore of Mali West Africa at age 12. with Grand Master Mamady Keita at age 14, and with Grand Master Famadou Konate at age 17. With this careful guidance and training, he was able to turn professional, tour nationally and internationally at an early age. Sekani is still currently an active member of Teye Sa Thiosanne African Drum and Dance Company at age 25.

Not only is he an amazing "Djembe Fola" (djembe player), he is versed in various styles of hand drumming. Having traveled and studied in Havana Cuba he is a very skilled "Conguero" playing nationally and internationally in various groups, Funk Bands, Afro Cuban Jazz Bands, and African Drum & Dance Company's. He records his own songs and produces instrumentals for himself, Internet Streaming, and Public Listening. He also produces instrumentals for select artists, Dj's and Performers all across the world. Most recently Sekani performed to a sold-out audience with Magettee Fall’s Group Percu at Barnsdale Theatre and Gallery in Hollywood.

Sekani currently resides in San Diego, California where continues his research and production. He believes that music is magic, healing, and entertainment and welcomes all who come to share and receive these gifts.

Nigel Zuniga has been around Mandingue drum and dance since he was in the womb. His tutelage began with members of his community such as Teye Sa Thiosanne African Drum & Dance ensemble under the direction of Founding Member Yiriba Thomas and Musical Director Terrance Uzoma Nelson. Nigel credits Nana Asiedu of IIe Ayan Cultural Institute of Higher Learning as an early influence as well and he still recognizes and accepts their guidance today as elders.

Nigel also had the good fortune to further his training in drum and dance at an early age with Nimley Napla former director of the Liberian National Cultural Troupe, Moustapha Bangora of Les Ballets Africans, Malian Master Djembe Folas’ Moussa Traore and Basidi Kone, Grand Master Djembe Folas’ Mamady Keita and Grand Master Famadou Konate both from Guinea West Africa..

Nigel’s unique experience as a djembefola and dancer propelled him into numerous collaborations and performances nationally and internationally showcasing his many talents and creating demand for his extraordinary skills. He most recently performed to a sold-out audience with Magettee Fall’s Group Percu at Barnsdale Theatre and Gallery in Hollywood and appeared in ‘Coming To America 2’.

Nigel now resides in San Diego, California where he continues his work. He welcomes everyone to experience his music and dance odyssey.

Yiriba has been a visual artist and percussionist for over 40 years performing, teaching, and studying African and Afro – American expression throughout the U.S. and Africa. Currently, he is based in San Diego, California, and performs in both music and theater settings. He expresses himself in several disciplines as a multi-talented drum and mask maker, costume designer, and singer. He has been carefully trained by some of the best masters of West African folkloric tradition such as Zak Diouf from Senegal and Naomi Geddo from Liberia both directors of Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, Nimely Napla director of the Liberian National Cultural Troup, and Grand Master Djembefola’s Mamady Keita and Famadou Konate both from Guinea. It was Master Drummer Ya Ya Diallo from Fienso Mali who Yiriba also studied with that gave him the name ‘Yiriba’ from Ya Ya’s native dialect Bambara. It means ‘the tree which gives cover to those who gather there to learn and which has great roots’. Most recently Yiriba studied and traveled throughout Mali West Africa with Master drummer Moussa Traore from Bamako Mali. He is presently founder, co-director, lead drummer, and vocalist for Teye Sa Thiosanne African Drum and Dance Company based in San Diego California. Yiriba is celebrated for his vibrant dedication to the presentation, development, and understanding of African and African-American culture.

ENHANCE THE GIFT LESSONS & SONGS

PIANO CLASS

Piano Lesson #1: by Mr. Patrick - Just click on the link: https://youtu.be/38Aqojyo444

VISUAL ARTS

Visual Arts Lesson #1: by Mrs. Ginger - Just click on the link: https://youtu.be/E0XLygOv574

*NEW LESSON - Visual Arts Lesson #2: by Mrs. Ginger - https://youtu.be/yVBhxV1LEDs

VOCAL ARTS

Students in Youth Vocal should listen to and practice Genesis & Psalm 150.

Children's Vocal should listen to and practice Potter & The Clay. 

Genesis

marshall White & Voices of Unity (Genesis)

Psalm 150 (Live)

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Potter And The Clay ()

West Angeles Cogic Mass Choir And Congregation (Little Saints in Praise)

Listen to song below to write your own lyrics for Enhance The Gift.Thank you Benjamin Briggs III, producer and audio engineer for the music track! You may record yourself singing with your lyrics and send us the video clip. I believe that it must be (3) minutes or less to send by regular email. [email protected] 

* More songs and lessons will be coming. KEEP CHECKING THE WEBSITE!

PRAYING FOR OUR AWESOME TEACHERS & CAMP INSTRUCTORS!

Summer Williams – Dance Instructor

Summer has been training for the past 15 years in hip hop, tap, jazz, ballet, modern, and liturgical dance. She studied at San Diego State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in dance and a minor in business administration. Summer has taught and performed for international groups like Pro Danza Italia and Debbie Allen Dance Academy. She has also danced with contemporary jazz company “Momentum Dance Theater” and professional tap company “Capital Tap.”

Summer has worked as a featured dancer and assistant choreographer for recording artist, Megan Henry, and has been seen on television performing on a Taylor Swift commercial, at the DC Tap Festival, Tap Fever Studio, and many other places. She now holds a Master of Arts degree in Dance and is the owner of Rap A Tap Center for the Arts in San Diego, Ca.,

Derek Brown - Dance Instructor

Mime Dance instructor is 22 years old and currently pursuing his purpose with a vision called Atmosphere; a place where God is in the midst. Some of the things that he would like to accomplish in his life are to make a difference in the world and to be recognized as a role model for Christ. Derek has practiced dance at a young age and recognizes that his gift is from God. He strives to be an encourager to those who feel that life doesn’t matter. His philosophy of life is, “Pray First, Aim High, Be Encouraged & Stay Focused!

Ginger Galloway - Drama Instructor

Ginger M Galloway is a poet, author, playwright, artist, graphic designer and educator. Ginger has written and illustrated a number of books that she hopes serve to offer hope, promise, and encouragement to the 'seekers.'

Rev. Gary V. Lett - Visual Arts Instructor

Visual Arts instructor, experience as a professional artist spans over four decades, and he credits “Positive Roots,” a self published lithograph that features his older siblings and grandmother as his introduction to the fine art world.

From 1977, Rev. Lett’s professional path has lead him into different art careers, and one that lead him to San Antonio, Texas in 2001, and where stands his most notable artistic accomplishment to date. There stands a 24 x 14 feet ceramic tile mural depicting “Texas-born Musical Legends”; In addition to managing a fine art career, he is a noted art director, instructor and former children’s after-school art program director, illustrator, muralist, graphic designer, and children’s picture book author.

Minister Margaret Briggs - Vocal Arts Instructor

Margaret Briggs is the Executive Director of Enhance The Gift Ministries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Arts and a Masters in Education. She began singing at a very young age and has had the opportunity to sing with various musical artists throughout her career. She has provided instruction in the areas of vocal arts development, Praise & Worship, and is currently serving as Co-Pastor with her husband at Greater Light Community Church in Perris. She has served as Praise & Worship Leader and Choral Director for several ministries. She is extremely gifted in discovering potential in others and providing the inspiration and motivation necessary to "stir up the gifts.

Kwesi Williams - Percussion Instructor

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