Nkiruka Drum and Dance Ensemble founded by Tiffany Buddington is based in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Nkiruka's inaugural concert, entitled "Voices of Congo Square," will be held on May 16, 2015 at Dillard University's Samuel DuBois Cook Theatre. The original piece will use "edutainment," education through entertainment, to tell the story of Congo Square, from the 17th century to current day, which gave birth to New Orleans' unique culture. The concept and inspiration of "Voices of Congo Square" came from a lecture-demonstration created by Shaka and Na'imah Zulu, pivotal members and keepers of culture in the city of New Orleans.
Congo Square was the most popular place for enslaved people in New Orleans to congregate, dance, sing and drum each Sunday. Coming from Africa, Haiti and the West Indies, enslaved people spoke many different languages but were able to communicate through their common language of dance and music. This congregation became a true melting pot, or gumbo, and the joining of many different traditions, cultures, music and dance converged creating traditions we know today, including brass band and second line cultures.
"Voices of Congo Square"
Artistic Director- Tiffany Knighten Buddington.
Narrated by Indian Chief, Shaka Zulu.
Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 7:00PM
Dillard University- Samuel DuBois Cook Theater
2601 Gentilly Blvd New Orleans, LA 70122
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