BAM Dance Africa Festival returns for its 45th anniversary

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell and Nate Palmer

African food and culture were at the center stage of the Brooklyn Academy of Music Dance Africa Festival held during the Memorial Day weekend in Brooklyn.

A storm that blew many tents away at the Bazaar on May 28, 2022, delayed the celebration for a couple of hours but didn’t stop it.

Members of the African Diaspora came in large numbers to support the vendors and watch dance performances choreographed by Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam.

This year’s dance companies included:

Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater

Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble

Farafina Kan: The Sound of Africa

Harambe Dance Company

LaRocque Bey School of Dance Theater

BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble

DanceAfrica Spirit Walkers

Since its inception in 1977, more than 90 dance troupes from more than 15 nations have participated in this annual showcase, including companies from Ivory Coast, Congo, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zaire, Benin, Uganda, Ghana, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Peru, Zambia, Madagascar, Senegal, and the US.


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