NewsDanceAfrica 2024 Celebrates Cameroon Heritage To New York

DanceAfrica 2024 Celebrates Cameroon Heritage To New York

In its 47th year, DanceAfrica is BAM’s longest-running performance series, founded in 1977 by the late Baba Chuck Davis.

Brooklyn Academy of Music’s iconic DanceAfrica festival ushered in Memorial Day weekend with a vibrant celebration honoring Africa’s rich cultural tapestry, casting a spotlight on Cameroon’s heritage.A press release reveals that under Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam’s curation, an unforgettable lineup of soul-stirring dance performances graced the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House from May 25-27. Performances included the DanceAfrica Spirit Walkers, the empowered artistry of The Women Of The Calabash, and the youthful exuberance of The Billie’s Youth Arts Academy Dance Ensemble. Additionally, the captivating Siren: Protectors of The Rainforest took the stage, and attendees were graced with The Origin of Communities / A Calabash of Cultures, a performance that illuminated the profound interconnectivity between dance, music, and culture.

“Now in its 47th year, DanceAfrica explores the past and present of Central African history, arts, and culture, as symbolized by the calabash—a vessel of mystical, practical, and cultural significance,” the multi-arts center wrote on its YouTube channel.

Source: Black Enterprise

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