African dance, drum fest
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Namory Keita
Namory Keita
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BRATTLEBORO- African Dance Vermont and the Arts Council of Windham County present the 10th annual Abene African Dance and Drum Festival, August 21 through 24, at the air-conditioned Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main Street. Also coming back is Namory Keita, on drums, and Caro Diallo, Senegalese choreographer and lead dancer of the dance troupe Black Soofa. Diallo is the primary teacher and inspiration for the festival, which was named for his village in southern Senegal, West Africa: “Abene” means “place where good is encountered.”

On Saturday evening a gala performance at the Brattleboro Stone Church will be preceded at 6 pm by a Malian meal offered for sale by Dienba Macalou (of Brattleboro Farmers Market fame). World music percussionist and beat poet Tony Vacca, along with Wyoma, will set you on the journey into a celebration of Africa. This year an original storyline is being developed and choreographed especially for the Abene Festival by Pape Ba and Kabisko Kaba. The piece is being rehearsed all summer and will be presented by the festival dancers and drummers during Saturday night’s show.

For a full schedule and fees see www.africandancevt.com. Tickets for the classes and performance are available on the website. For more information email africandancevt@gmail.com, or call (802) 380-5152.
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