Africa is large, imposing and omnipresent (Rockwell, 1981), not just because of its size and the harshness of its territory (Africa is four times the size of the United States), but because it is the birthplace of all humanity, and that in itself makes the continent appear larger than life. African music and dance reflect this primeval and embryonic attribute, throbbing with the primal beat of indigenous drums and instruments, accompanied by communal rhythmic stomping and gyration. The performing arts play a vital role as common language in a land mass populated by more than 2,000 tribes that speak anywhere between 800 and 2,400 dialects and languages (Rockwell, 1981). More than provide a means by which different tribes commune, the earthy candor and unapologetic directness of African music and dance make them both somber and inspiring. Nelson Mandela aptly said, ‘The curious beauty of African music is that it uplifts even as it tells a sad tale. You may be poor, you may have only a ramshackle house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope…’(Lincoln, 2010). One is drawn to contemplate on the ‘negro spirituals’ that may use language different from native African music, but which convey the same message of hope in the face of adversity. While much of Western music and dance are studied, intellectual, and technically refined, African music and dance have remind close to the heart and soul.