Artist in Residence

Foundry Hall is hosting Ugandan musician and dance instructor Samuel Nalangira as he shares his talents with our community and surrounding area.  His residency goals are to share his music, dance and culture through workshops and performances in the area and to work with local musicians and dancers to develop new cross-cultural work.  Foundry Hall sees this residency as an amazing opportunity to have Samuel teach and create while connecting our community with a culture on the other side of the world.

“It was such an amazing experience for the students to learn how to play Samuel’s handmade instruments and participate in traditional tribal dances.”

-YDC/PAL mentorship leader KariAnn Johnson.

Samuel is an inspired, hard working musician, supportive and friendly teacher and available for opportunities in schools, after-school programs, youth groups, events and parties.  In performance, Samuel uses a looper that allows him to layer multiple instruments and harmonize his voice to create rich, original songs based in the folk traditions of African music.

Weekly dance and drumming workshops:

For kids: Tuesdays at 5pm @Epiphany Church (410 Erie St, South Haven)

For adults: Fridays at 7pm @ Epiphany Church (401 Erie St., South Haven)

Upcoming performance/workshops beyond South Haven:

SUN 2/3 2pm Community Collage First Baptist Church (315 W. Michigan, Kalamazoo)

MON 2/4 Covert Public Schools dance/music workshops

SAT 2/9 Kalamazoo Family Dance and Drum Workshop @ First Baptist Church (315 W. Michigan, Kalamazoo)

SAT & SUN 4/26 & 4/27 Dance Workshops at Herrick District Library (Holland)

To schedule a class, workshop, performance in your space, school or to meet with Samuel, email or  Click here for a one sheet about workshops and performances.  Feel free to contact us with questions!

Photos, Videos


promotional photos by Marissa Hoard


promotional videos created by Julian Lauzzana

more videos of Samuel’s work in South Haven:

Community concert at South Haven Memorial Library

Dance  and Music Workshop with 3rd graders

Fun with a looper!

Samuel Nalangira’s website>>


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