The Maritime Centre for African Dance is spicing up Valentine’s Day with a free workshop on dances from across the continent.

The Bedford Library is taking names for a waiting list for the Feb. 14 performance and the group will give another show at the office of Halifax MLA Leonard Preyra on Feb. 21.

Both events are part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia.

Mufaro Chakabuda said yesterday that the Feb. 21 event will feature many of the dances the group performed in Washington for Barack Obama’s inauguration as U.S. president.

“The dances we will be doing are from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea and Congo,” the Zimbabwe native said. “African dance is such a community dance, we always encourage people to join us.”

The Deep River Boys are also celebrating Saturday, with a free concert at the Halifax North library at 2 p.m.

“It’s an opportunity for us to showcase our music, which basically represents our heritage,” said Wallace Smith, a member of the North Preston group. “We’re jazz influenced, R&B, some hip hop, southern gospel and traditional gospel.”

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