Internationally Known African Drummers and Dance Company WACONGO to Perform at TNCC

Published: January 22, 2008

In honor of Black History Month, internationally known drummers and dance company, WACONGO, will be performing in the Mary T. Christian Auditorium at Thomas Nelson Community College, on Feb. 8 at 8:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, this event is being sponsored by the TNCC Cultural Affairs Committee.

Led by artistic director Elie Kihonia, WACONGO Dance Company is a traditional ensemble of master drummers, dancers and musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who perform the ancestral songs and dances of Central Africa. WACONGO artists have extensively toured Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

Shar Wolff, TNCC Cultural Affairs Committee Chair said, “Their costumes have to be some of the most beautiful I have seen. They have an amazing energy.” She added, “We’re very fortunate to have performers of this caliber coming here.”

WACONGO promotes African culture by presenting the arts of 400 African ethnic groups to the public. Africa’s influence is strong within our culture. Everything from jazz to rock to hip-hop bears the indelible stamp of that continent. For more information please call, Victoria Mathis at 825-2779.

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