DanceAfrica—the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance—returns for its 37th year, bringing together performance, art, film, and an array of community events for an exhilarating celebration of culture from Africa and its diaspora.
This year, the spotlight shines on Madagascar-based music and dance troupe Bakomanga, making its US debut. Led by Malagasy music star Mariette Rasoarinala, Bakomanga embraces a rich variety of indigenous cultural forms, using jubilant drum- and accordion-driven music and movement to honor its ancestors, usher in the harvest, and preserve tradition. Catch them and select New York State artists in the annual Memorial Day weekend performances, hosted by Baba Chuck Davis. And don’t miss the DanceAfrica Opening Celebration, the one-and-only outdoor bazaar, and many other events. Ago! Amee!
DanceAfrica is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
Chuck Davis is one of the foremost teachers and choreographers of traditional African dance in America.
BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble celebrates ancestral roots and the modern-day community.
An internationally awarded artist, Okore was recently featured in Sculpture magazine.
The Malagasy-Canadian guitarist combines folk and blues in his own award-winning style.
Bakomanga has performed in Japan, France, La Reunion, and Gabon.
Artistic Director Yao Ababio founded Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater in 2001.