The Brooklyn-based Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation’s The Rhythms & Movements of African American Cultural Festival Commemorates the 54th Anniversary of Black History Month. The seven-day extravaganza features 16 performances for all ages and will feature a fusion of African music genres and dance forms from Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, and Cuba, as well as more contemporary forms such as Afro-Cuban, House, Rock, Hi-Life, Hip Hop, Jazz, and modern dance.
The Festival performances are designed for all ages. They will feature a fusion of African music genres and dance forms from Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, and Cuba, as well as more contemporary forms such as Afro-Cuban, House, Rock, Hi-Life, Hip Hop, Jazz, and modern dance.
February 12–16: Hip Hop Kingdom
Performed by the new Asase Yaa Theater Company. A musical that pays homage to the 50th Anniversary of hip hop and its historical and culture-shaping impact on social protest, and community building in New York City and around the world.
February 13–18: Ghana: The Place Where the Chief Sleeps
Performed by Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater. A revival of an original ballet that celebrates Yao Ababio, Asase Yaa’s founder and Artistic Director, which premiered in 2016. It illuminates the profound significance of the Ghanaian Empire, and its influence on many present-day African communities.
February 15: Legacy
A dance performance featuring the Asase Yaa Youth Ensemble and the Ife Youth Dance Theater
February 16: Visions of Africa: A Multi-Media Musical Journey
Performed by Arkestra Africa. An immersive experience and musical retrospective that celebrates the vibrant cultural tapestry and music scene in Ghana and Nigeria during the 60s and 70s.