Dance & Drum Ensemble
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" The dancers entered from the wings like spirits seeking bodies to possess. Their bodies reached upward, in petition of the orisas, or deities. I’ve never seen KoumanKe'le' in finer form. " - Adam Casteneda, theDanceDish
“ This entire workshop series has been in one word, inspiring. ” - Rachel Eckroth, Healing Points Acupuncture
" You had no choice but to groove alongside the powerful ladies of the KoumanKe'le African Dance, whose djembe drummers punished those skins while the danseurs, wearing neon-colored bead skirts and tops, carried off choreography not suitable for the weak minded." - Joel Luks, CultureMap Houston
Houston based cultural dance company, KoumanKe’le’ African Dance & Drum Ensemble, is a dynamic and energetic performance troupe that presents traditional West, South, and Central African Dance and culture and its transitions in this country. Comprised of continental Africans and African Americans, KoumanKe’le’ African Dance & Drum Ensemble’s repertoire includes traditional and contemporary dances of Guinea, Mali, Ghana, South Africa, Senegal and the Congo.
Our mission is to present, educate and preserve African traditions and culture through quality artistic performances.
We want to reconnect current and future generations to the history and traditions of the Diaspora, along with its transitions and current applications through dance, drum and culturally educated performances and presentations..
The Next Thing....
KoumanKe'le' African Dance & Drum Ensemble present and perform in many different venues and through collaborations with many arts organization throughout Houston and the US. Here is the list of our local upcoming public engagements.
JANUARY 29 - AFRICAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 5PM
JANUARY 29 - AMERICA'S GOT TALENT SAN ANTONIO, TX
JANUARY 24 - CARRIBEAN AWARDS CELEBRATION
DECEMBER 26 - CITYWIDE KWANZAA THIRD WARD MULTIPURPOSE CENTER 7PM
DECEMBER 26 - 30 KWANZAA WORKSHOPS 1PM & 2PM
DECEMBER 6 - DWIGHT BOYKINS KWANZAA CELEBRATION / TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY 3PM
DECEMBER 6 - ART IN THE PARK KATY CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM 12PM
OVEMBER 22 & 23 - INTERCONTINENTAL BRIDAL SHOW 12PM
NOVEMBER 14 - S.H.A.P.E. COMMUNITY CENTER 45TH ANNIVERSARY THIRD WARD MULTIPURPOSE CENTER 7PM
NOVEMBER 8 - F.A.A.C.E. FESTIVAL 2PM HBU CAMPUS
NOVEMBER 2 - M.E.C.A. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS 3PM
OCTOBER 25 - EAST END STREET FESTIVAL 4PM
OCTOBER 17 - NBUF SANKOFA-CARAVAN TO THE ANCESTORS 7PM
OCTOBER 4 - 1000 LIGHTS OF PEACE JONES PLAZA 7PM
SEPTEMBER 6 - HOUSTON ARTS PARTNERS ANNUAL CONFERENCE 1:30PM
APRIL 27 - HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 11AM
FEBRUARY 27 - HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE-COLEMAN CAMPUS 11:30AM
FEBRUARY 22 - AKWAABA FESTIVAL FREE CHILDREN'S CLASS HCC NORTHWEST 9AM
FEBRUARY 21 - AKWAABA FESTIVAL HCC NORTHWEST 8PM
FEBRUARY 13 - TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY MASTER CLASS 6PM
FEBRUARY 8 - EVELYN MEADOR PUBLIC LIBRARY 2PM
FEBRUARY 4 - STEPHEN F AUSTIN UNIVERSITY NACOGDOCHES, TX 7PM
JANUARY 12 - UAMINIFU YOUTH ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS S.H.A.P.E. COMMUNITY CTR 3815 LIVE OAK 77004 4PM
JANUARY 5 - DARASA JAMII- OUR ANNUAL FREE COMMUNITY APPRECIATION DANCE CLASS S.H.A.P.E. COMMUNITY CTR 3815 LIVE OAK 77004 5PM
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