Nzinga’s Daughters are a group of women from Central Connecticut, Plainville, Bristol & Hartford, who have developed a theme around Underground Railroad, and through poetry, stories and songs, they reveal coded messages that where hidden within Negro Spirituals and everyday objects. The mission of Nzinga’s Daughters is to educate through entertainment using music from the African Diaspora. The troupe celebrates the family and models family values. Nzinga’s Daughters promotes cultural diversity integrating the troupe’s experiences as American of African descent. They are positive powerful, strong African American women’s Ensemble that shares their culture through storytelling, prose, poetry and song.
For many years, Nzinga’s Daughters provided cultural workshops for Bristol Youth Services. Acting as role models and musicians, Nzinga’s Daughters supported the Girls Empowerment program PRIDE.
Nzinga’s Daughter is comprised of very talented women. Each woman plays musical instruments in the larger group called Nzinga’s Daughters and Friends. In addition, Taffie Ann Bentley is a professional photographer with a focus on nature. Alison Johnson is a visual artist and board member of Queen Ann Nzinga Center Inc, Gail Williams is a fashion designer and retired state employee. She is the Historian of African American History for the town of Plainville and member of the Connecticut Freedom Trail Committee. Joanne James is a visual artist and teaches African percussion and dance. Dayna R. Snell is a licensed clinical social worker, founder and Executive Director of the Queen Ann Nzinga Center. Each of the members has received several awards and recognition throughout the state in their own right.