Atumpan – The Talking Drum

AtumpanAbout the Artist:
Teaching artists Corey & LaQuita Marie Staten are storytellers that connect Africa to African-Americans in an engaging way.  Audiences interact in high energy, educational programs that entertain all age groups. Thanks to their rhythmic style of storytelling, Atumpan is often requested for weddings, parties, and festivals, aside from the requests of educational venues such as schools, camps, libraries and museums. Atumpan African Dance is an ongoing project with over a dozen performances annually at festivals, museums and more.

Founded in 1999 as Atumpan – The Talking Drums, this duo has over a decade of professional experience in the performing arts and they have grown to be a favorite with audiences.  Their parent company, Can’t See for Looking Edutainment, Inc., describes their extraordinary style of education through entertainment.

Current Projects:
Atumpan African Dance provides an opportunity to learn rhythms, dances, and songs of West Africa as well as readiness for the stage and an audience.  Otherwise average persons are outfitted with costumes and confidently take the stage after minimal, yet effective, instruction to experience a fantastic production.

Atumpan -The Talking Drums
Tour Contact: LaQuita Marie
Phone Number: 757.672.3022
P.O. Box 1035
Portsmouth, VA  23705
Twitter:  @CoreyLaQuita

Fee Structure:
Single Performance: $500-$1000*
Multiple Performances: $400-$850/ea*
One-day Residency: $1000-$1500*
Multiple-Day Residency: $750-$1000/day*
One-Week Residency: $2500-$4000*
Other: Prices for other structures up to negotiation with presenter.
*These fees do not include housing and transportation.

Artistic Discipline:

  • theater
  • dance
  • music
  • multidisciplinary
  • folkloric/traditional cultural
  • storytelling

Special programs available for:

  • Colleges and universities
  • K-12
  • Senior centers

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Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.