For our second annual showcase, Mansa Bakary 2, July 7, 2012, we're raising funds for costumes for our teen dancers and other production costs. Keur Khaleyi, (pronounced Hah-lay-ye), means house of the children --we prioritize the transfer of our shared African cultural legacy to young people of all backgrounds. Community classes for children, teens and adults focus on conveying the traditional songs, rhythms and movements of the dances.
Mansa Bakary is a story about the Mandinka King who led an expedition across the Atlantic to the Inca civilization. He realized that both Mandinka and Inca shared a lot of similarities in customs and religions, therefore they celebrated.
The teen company is preparing two pieces for our summer showcase: Lenjeng and Sunu. Your donations keep our company and community programs going and specifically support the construction of traditional beaded tops and dance belts for our teen company members, traditional costumes for our young drummers, payment for musicians and production costs for lighting and sound tech for the 2012 concert.
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