6/15/24 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: DanceAfrica 47

By Walter Rutledge

Memorial Day weekend maybe the unofficial start of summer, but in the Fort Green section of Brooklyn that weekend was the official start of DanceAfrica 47! The four-day festival celebrates the diverse cultures of Africa and their diasporic descendants. The area surrounding the historic Brooklyn Academy of Music was transformed into the DanceAfrica Bazaar- a global marketplace. The bazaar features over one hundred and fifty vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African American food, crafts, and fashion. Continue reading

6/14/24 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Ghetto Kids – Afro Dance Freestyle at Home [ Dance Video]

 

Ghetto Kids are a Ugandan dance group made up of young people raised in the slums of Uganda. Despite coming from a poor background, the kids have made an impact on the world stage with their unique style of dance and creativity. Continue reading

1/21/24 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: Ronald K. Brown /Evidence

By Walter Rutledge

Ronald K. Brown /Evidence presented their 2024 New York season January 16 through 21 at the Joyce Theater. The nine-member ensemble offered two works Walking Out the Dark (2001) and Torch (2012). The program provided an overview of the range and diversity of choreographer Brown and his company in what is best described as an American artist’s declaration of his diasporic roots. Continue reading

1/18/23 O&A NYC REVIEW: Ronald K. Brown/Evidence

By Walter Rutledge

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence began its New York season at the Joyce Theater on Tuesday January 17 and runs through Sunday, January 22. The six-day, seven performance offering presents three ensemble works spanning twenty-four years of Brown’s artistry. The season provides an insight into the thirty-eight-year journey of Brown and Evidence. Continue reading

2/12/22 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Ghetto Kids – Dance Talker 2022

The Ghetto Kids (or Triplets Ghetto Kids) is a dance group founded in 2014 by Daouda Kavuma and composed of children from the Katwe slum in Kampala (Uganda). Continue reading

2/2/22 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ DANCE PARTY: Masaka Kids Africana Dancing To Jerusalema By Master KG Feat Nomcebo & Burna Boy

The Masaka Kids Africana is composed of African children, from the age of 2 and up. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. They represent all the children of a continent and they demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land.

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11/22/21 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WaleStylez: South African Folk Dances- Zulu music, Domba, Volo, Ingoma boys, Ingoma girls, Indlamu & Mzansi

Various interpretations of folk dances from South Africa. Performed by the Ama-Zebra Folk Dance Ensemble, which is based in Kwa Mashu, South Africa. Continue reading

11/6/21 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WALESTYLEZ: D’banj – Stress Free (Feat. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80)

By Adewale Adekanbi

Popular Nigeria Singer and DB Record Boss, D’Banj unleashes the visual to his brand new single title Stress Free, which he features Seun Kuti and Egypt 80.
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5/1/21 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WaleStylez: A – Z African Dance Moves

“It was really hard choosing just one for each letter because there are SO many amazing moves from all over the continent ! Here are some of our favorite African Dance moves ! Continue reading