Barbea Williams Performing Company

Barbea Williams Performing Company (BWPC) is Arizona’s primeire African-centered Dance and Drum Ensemble, directed by Barbea Williams, a recipient of the Southwest Folklife Alliance Master-Apprentice Artist Award. The company’s emphasis is on Afrikan and Afrikan Latino dance, choreography, choreo-poetry, cultural folklore, story dance, using dance to educate and bring attention to current events and social … Read more

SHE PHI Step Team

She Phi was founded in the Spring of 2018 as the first elementary stepping group in Tucson. Paublo Pugh, a former member of Alabama Southern’s Step Group started the club in order to promote teamwork, leadership and self-esteem among the girls at Holladay Fine Arts Elementary School in Southside, Tucson. The movements originated in African communities … Read more

Tariq Rasool and the Songhai Drummers

We are a drum and storytelling group. Our main purpose is to educate the community about the importance of drum, dance and African history. We have been doing this for over 30 years.

General Tchefary

General Tchefary was transplanted to the desert Southwest from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, West Africa. A recording artist and performer since 1998, he performs reggae music rooted in African traditions, spreading a message that traverses International borders and all aspects of humanity. He sings in five languages mixing his own traditional African melodies and Jamaican reggae … Read more

Jaliya

What happens when two different ethnic backgrounds from Africa meet in the Sonoran Desert? The rhythm of unity is born! Jaliya is Elijah Ndoye and Yacouba Traore. Elijah comes from the fishing community of Lebou, an ethnic group in Senegal, West Africa. He grew up in a culture where the emphasis was on piety and … Read more

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