AFASA started the African Festival in 1998 as a way to celebrate the African’s rich and diverse cultures with the Africa community. Apart from the fact that it brings people from African communities together, it is also a way of giving back to the community.Read More
It has been around for 45 years adding to the landscape of the Brooklyn Cultural community as a world-class event. The Annual Festivals are open to children and adults, Local and International Artists and performers such as musicians, drummers, poets, fashion designers, and carvers.Read More
We are proud to introduce Shannon Nia, a captivating performing arts company that offers a glimpse of West African culture through performances of drumming, dancing, singing, and storytelling. Kawambe-Omowale is a Phoenix-based arts company celebrating more than 20 years in the Valley of the Sun! Members perform throughout the Southwest and give the public a first-hand opportunity to experience West African music for themselves through our weekly community class.
Our members have traveled to Senegal, and The Gambia in West Africa, to study the music and dance of the Mande cultures. We have also studied with master artists from other African countries such as Ghana and Nigeria, and with master artists of Afro-Cuba de Mantanza, an international performing arts company from Cuba.
We have performed for events such as the Festival of Nations, the Yoruba Arts Festival, the International Youth Arts Festival, the International Percussive Arts Society's National Convention, and City of Phoenix Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast.
We are roster artists listed in the Arizona Commission on the Arts Artists Roster in the Performing Folk Arts category. We are available for school-based residencies, after-school programs, and community outreach workshops.
Our performances are educational, entertaining, and engaging while appealing to audiences of all ages from preschool through senior adults. Performances include audience participation so anyone can join in the fun!
Learn more about Kawambe-Omowale African Drum & Dance Theatre - http://www.kawambeomowale.com/