Celebrate Africa

Uganda Kids Choir & African Dance

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 12:00pm


African vendors, dancers, and singers will take the outdoor plaza stage at the Rock Hall. Jump in for a drumming workshop, learn how to dance, watch captivating performances.

PNC Plaza Stage Performance: Uganda Kids Choir at 12:30pm & 2:30pm

The children in the Ugandan Kids Choir bring a message of hope—sharing the power of God’s love through traditional music and dance. As they tour the US, they delight audiences with their high-energy performances and infectious joy. The choir is made up of 10 sponsored children who come from the poorest parts of Uganda. The children are chosen for their enthusiasm, ability, and dedication—all of which make them potential leaders when they return to their communities. They are eager to perform for you, and provide you an opportunity to help poor children around the world, put an end to poverty, hunger and corruption.


PNC Plaza Stage: The Kent State African Ensemble at 1:30pm

The Kent State University African Ensemble was founded by Halim El-Dabh in the 1980s. The ensemble educates students and audiences through an exploration of traditional and contemporary musics and dances of various countries in Africa, and its diaspora. Many students of the ensemble learn cultural sensitivity by respectfully performing music and dance repertoire from cultures other their own. Others join to connect with aspects of their heritage and identity. The ensemble typically performs for educational workshops and events on and off campus in northeast Ohio, USA. Last summer the ensemble performed in Glasgow, Scotland for the International Society for Music Education conference. 

PNC Plaza Stage: Djapo

Djapo is a non profit Cultural Arts Organization dedicated to preserving the Dance, Music, Art, History and Culture of Africa and throughout the Diaspora.

The word "Djapo" is a Wolof word meaning Come Together. Talise Campbell founded Djapo Cultural Arts Institute in 2009 in hopes of bringing individuals together to learn about self and others through music and dance. Djapo is dedicated to preserving and sharing African culture and history with all whom embrace the culture. Each season Djapo presents its Annual International Dance Conference & Concert in Cleveland, Ohio. The weekend dance conference features traditional African dance, drum and song workshops. Each year this amazing weekend culminates with an Annual Juneteenth Production along with a variety of guests artists and musicians presenting an electrifying stage performance featuring our Community Dance Participants, Djapo Members, and invited international and local Guests. The focus of the International Conference & Concert has been to share and aid in the preservation of traditional African and African American cultural traditions while bridging the cultural gap between people from all backgrounds.