The African Dance & Drum Ensemble will perform a program of traditional African dance and music Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m., in the Franklin High School gym.
The program features dances and songs that reflect West African life and culture, such as the harvest dances “Kakilambe” and “Sunu,” which are performed with colorful scarves from Mali. This is an authentic, interactive, and highly entertaining cultural experience for all ages.
The Asheville-based company is comprised of African Dance instructor Jada Bryson, dancers Kanydah Bellamy and Jesse Willig, and master drummers Ian Cunningham and Imohtep Dlanod. Jada Bryson is a Franklin native with 24 years of dance experience in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and West African forms.