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African Drum and Dance Classes with Chief Bokulaka

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African Musical Arts is presenting African drum and dance classes with Chief Bokulaka, a noted Congolese dancer, choreographer, and drummer.

The classes will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday every month.

Please RSVP to info@africarts.org. The cost is $10 per person and can be purchased in person at the Kranzberg Arts Center the night of the class or by clicking the above button.

Attendees should bring their own drum, but no pre-requisite experience is necessary. Stop in on your way home from work or before you catch a show at Grand Center!

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About Chief Bokulaka: Chief Bokulaka is an accomplished world traveler, artist, storyteller, and performer. He shares the culture of Central Africa through dance, songs, and stories. Attendees will learn to dance vibrant Soukous dances and feel the pulse of drumming styles from Bokulaka’s home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Considered a master drummer, Chief Bokulaka began performing at age eight. His singing, dancing, and drumming skills were honed through years practice with his father, Ekofo Boyeka, the son of a long line of Griots of Mbandaka. For years Bokulaka performed and recorded with groups such as the National Ballet of Zaire, Franco, Kanda Bongo, Jimmy Cliff, Papa Wemba, Shaggy, Eykah Badu and his own group Eteko Bonyoma before being advised not to return to his native land by family members amid growing violence. He currently resides in St. Louis, where he maintains an active teaching and touring schedule. 

 

*This class is under the auspices of African Musical Arts, whose programs are funded in part by the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council.