African delight to be spread through drum and dance

November 22, 2013 by  

Wofabe is presenting its 8th Annual African Dance and Drum Festival this weekend, enabling people to come together and enjoy dance and music from all cultural backgrounds. This festival has plenty to offer all people, regardless of their age.

Funding for this festival was courtesy of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, both of which were backed by the National Endowment for the Arts. This event offers all-day drum and dance classes, with a free-to-attend African dance class for children at 1:45 pm. During the day, there will be a crafts fair and many other forms of entertainment.

In the evening, people will enjoy performances by four dance troupe, with two apiece hailing from New York and New Jersey. The Honorary Chairman this year is Dr. Baba Chuck Davis, the artistic director and founder of the Africian American Dance Ensemble, as well as DanceAfrica, which is a New York-based group.

Taking its name from the word for “everybody come” in the Guinean language of Sou Sou, Wofabe aims to teach of African culture through dance and music. Likely to be of particular interest to students and musical instructors, although open to anybody, the cost to attend its latest event ranges from $15 to $25 per person.

The festival will be occurring tomorrow, November 23, at the Central High School Theater located at 246 18th Avenue in Newark, New Jersey, just down the road from Secaucus. To learn more about this event, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Wofabe website.