The world-renowned Jabali Afrika Dance Troupe took the stage during this year’s lineup of Black History Month activities. The interactive performance, Feb. 14, lasted more than an hour, during which time group members invited students from the audience to dance, sing or play instruments along with them.
Hailing from Kenya, Jabali Afrika has appeared on CNN, Lifestyle, MTV, Good Morning America, BET and in Billboard Magazine. Performances include such venues as the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Marley Magic Tour, and the United Radio and Television Network of Afrika Awards, among others. After the performance, Jabali Afrika hosted a workshop to discuss the group’s heritage, how its instruments are made and the significance behind them. The group also held a questionand- answer session.
The month-long series of activities, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Programs, Concerned Black Students and Africana Studies, also included the annual Black Knowledge Conference, this year titled “Alumni Giving Back,” which featured Cedric Collins ’05 and Lamar Lewis ’06, who shared their undergraduate and postgraduate experiences.