When The Drums Call

Credits: C.A.ML.K - Rhythm & Roots exhibition - 2018, Tropemmuseum, Amsterdam NL

When The Drums Call is an ethnology and dance interactive podcast series created, hosted and produced by C.A.ML.K.

It is based on research investigating the Trans-Atlantic cultural memory between Africa and the American
continent, with a focus on dance.
Despite time and geography, Caribbean and American dances still express African roots. Some community
are even still practising traditional African dances.

On the one hand, the podcast follows this evolution.
On the other hand, it also questions the process of this
transmission despite time, geography and very difficult living conditions in the Americas.

Next to come

Spring/Summer 2022

Starting from May, C.A.ML.K is leading theoretical and practical (through dance practice) research in West Africa.
She is part of the program "TRAINING DIASPORA AFRICA" at École Des Sables, Senegal.

Summer/Autumn 2022

The first episodes of the podcast will be launched.


This project is currently (February-October 2022) funded by DIS-TANZEN. 

C.A.ML.K – Christelle Ahia Marie-Laure Kamanan is a creative, born in France and raised in the Ivory Coast and France, and now
based in Berlin. She works as a dance and writing artist, journalist and cultural entrepreneur. Through her
activities, she investigates the African heritage on the continent and in the diaspora, by focusing on art and
cultural expressions. As a third-culture child, she is used to navigating through cultures, observing their
metamorphosis and going beyond stereotypes. She participated in several publications on these topics.
Christelle Ahia finds her dance inspiration in her African heritage, which she combines with her love for Afro-
Caribbean cultures.

photo taken at TANZRAUM Wedding