African American Cultural Center toHost African Dance & Music Festival Friday May 28 and Saturday May 29

By Engracia Sampaio-Dunn

pictured: Dance Director Lynette L. Simmons/Photo Glenn Murray

Finally a chance to dance, relax and have fun!

The African American Cultural Center’s Dance and Performance Company will host a community African Dance and Music Festival on Friday May 28  at 7 p.m. and Saturday May 29  at 5 p.m. in Martin Luther King Park.  The event will honor the late Baba Chuck Davis- founder of Dance Africa, The African American Ensemble and a holder of the Bessie Awards.  It’s also being held  to support  our local artists and musicians who have been negatively impacted during this pandemic.

Kakilambe, the African  American Cultural Center’s  Dance and Performance Company, under the direction of Lynette Simmons and Eric Ansuade, will headline both nights of the festival. The featured artists/ groups will include local Reggae Band “Neville Franceis and Riddim Posse” as the opening act, followed by Ghanian acts Al Hassan Yawusa, Christian Horla Kutte, David E. Nyadezor and Esther Dordzo. Local Buffalo performers Griffin Brady and Ringo Brill will be showcased as well. 

To support small local businesses, The African Marketplace will be present with vendors selling food and merchandise. 

Sponsors such as the City of Buffalo, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Jericho Road Community Health Centers, and many more have agreed to provide much needed health information/ resources to all attendees.

Additionally, through these donations, the AACC will also be providing PPE bags with sanitary items as well as grocery bags with food items, snacks and drinks for all attendees. 

As we all emerge from pandemic isolation, let’s all be mindful of all CDC, New York State and Erie County COVID regulations.

Social distancing will be enforced as well as mandatory usage of masks.