30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Region: Park Slope
Get in the spirit: Baba Chuck Davis, a “Pied Piper” of African-American cultural life in Brooklyn and beyond, hosts the 37th annual DanceAfrica this Memorial Day weekend with a celebration of black dance, music, film, visual arts, food, and crafts. Headlining this edition is Madagascar’s Groupe Bakomanga, led by Malagasy singer Mariette Rasoarinala who also choreographs, plays the traditional “amponga be” drum, and writes the lyrics for her troupe’s songs. Making its U.S. debut, the Groupe shares several programs with Quebec–based singer Madagascar Slim, the Buffalo–based AACC Dance and Drum Performance Company, and Asase Yaa African American Dance Theatre of Brooklyn; completing the packed bill is the BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble, young performers from Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Fri., May 23, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 24, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 25, 3 p.m.; Mon., May 26, 3 p.m., 2014