World City – Kùlú Mèlé
May 9, 2015 | 11:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
W.M. Keck Children's Amphitheatre
From dance and music to puppetry and spoken word, learn more about the cultures which make up your “world city” of Los Angeles through free art-making workshops and captivating performances.
Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble preserves, presents and builds upon the dance and music of Africa and the African Diaspora. Founded in 1969 by Baba Robert Crowder and led by Artistic Director Dorothy Wilkie for more than 20 years, Philadelphia-based Kùlú Mèlé is known for infusing African dance with urban American flair. The company has graced the stages of major venues from New York to Guinea and throughout the African Diaspora, distinguishing itself with beautiful costumes, a thrilling percussion battery and dynamic choreography. The company’s World City performance will feature their Afro-Cuban repertoire with rhythms such as rumba and dances, one with roots in the Yoruba religion and another by way of the Congo. With elements of international Hip-Hop and audience participation, Kùlú Mèlé will bring the joyous celebration of Cuban Carnival to LA.