The event is co-hosted by Morris Arts and the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Here’s what they have to say about the performers:
African Global Arts and Iwa L’ewa Heritage Dance Ensemble celebrate the African cultural legacy throughout the world, expanding it through dance and teachings and inspiring a new generation who will tell their stories. Under the direction of artist & teacher, Yewande Kelley-Johnson, the ensemble presents performances, workshops for children, youth and adult students, and ceremonies based on African Global heritage, not just from countries like Guinea, Mali, or Senegal, but also from the United States, Trinidad, Haiti, Brazil, Cuba, Columbia and more. If you are interested in West African cultural presentations, enjoy the feel of Africa’s beat in Swing dance, savor Anansi stories from Trinidad, Cuba’s Orisha dance or the U.S. Kwanzaa tradition and love the sounds of African instrumentation such as the balophon, djembe orchestra, udu, shekere and conch shell, you will find much to savor with African Global Arts! Artistic Director and founder, Yewande Kelley-Johnson, has been designated a master teacher of traditional West African dance and is also a recipient of the Mid-Atlantic Artist as Catalyst grant as well as the Washington D.C. Folger’s Library Poetry award.