Each year, BAMÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s annual DanceAfrica Festival is a damn good reason to stay in town over the Memorial Day weekend. In its 31st year, the celebration of everything African brings the motherland to the BK with a grand outdoor bazaar offering crafts, food, and clothes; a film program (including the dramatic documentary Amandala! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony, about music in South Africa during apartheid); art by students from La Yahoushua Secondary School in Accra, Ghana, and the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Norman Thomas High School; nonstop Afrobeat via the Earthman Experience; and, of course, dance featuring live performances by the GambiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ceesay Kujabi and the Bachinab, AtlantaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all-female troupe Giwayen Mata, HarlemÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s LaRocque Bey School of Dance Theatre Inc., and BrooklynÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble. Buy dope stuff, take in some culture, eat tasty food, and then burn off the calories in a dance workshop afterward.
Fri., May 23, 2008
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 20, 2008