Chiku Awali African Dance, Arts & Culture performs and teaches dances such as Lamba and Funga, which are dances of welcome. KouKou and Gundi are celebration dances for a good fishing catch. The dance Sounou, shows off dancing ability and beauty; and Soli, Kassa, and Sinte, are dances about the coming of age. In all African cultures, dances are participatory.
Chiku Awali is proud to work with the Nyack Library in sharing the beauty and magic of these types of dances at the Juneteenth remembrance on June 26, 2021. At the event Chiku Awali staff, Yahaya Kamate, dance instructor and Gabriel Roxbury, drummer, will teach you, the audience, one of these traditional West African dances. Chiku Awali is a multifaceted community organization of African dancing, drumming, storytelling, arts, and cultural enrichment.