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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 Congolese 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.
NOVEMBER 2 - M.E.C.A. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS 3PM
OCTOBER 25 - EAST END STREET FESTIVAL 4PM
OCTOBER 4 - 1000 LIGHTS OF PEACE MILLER OUTDOOR THEATER 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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