Recap of Dance Africa 2015 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
by Alecia James Monday, May 25th 2015
He among you that is Afrocentric, let him stand and declare such truth. I'm pretty sure you made your way to Dance Africa 2015, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). And if you didn't, I took tons of pics, sampled some fare, and will gladly share. Dance Africa 2015 is a three day festival celebrating and showcasing African dance, art, fashion and culture. The street fair did not disappoint, offering eye-catching and unique items easily luring curious shoppers like me.
One day was not enough to capture all the sights, sounds, and flavors, so I was there two days in a row. On my first day, I saw the dance show dubbed "Brazilian Rhythms, African Roots" an energy packed performance with various African troupes from the region. The dances were well choreographed, with each move and each sway, slowly transporting you back to the motherland, most keeping you at the edge of your seat anticipating if the next performance will be as great as its predecessor. The shirtless men displayed such agility in their moves with amazingly toned bodies to match. I could watch them for days. There was a piece featuring some Brazilian dancers which was quite risqué—the ladies were topless! which is fine, except that quite a few of the audience members were young children.
We ventured outside after the show for the remainder of the festivities. The fruits of my iPhone will tell the story from here on.
Surprisingly, there wasn't much African fare for sale, but Caribbean food, specifically, Jamaican, represented where that was lacking. On Day 1, I sampled Escovitch fish with rice & peas, "washed" down with a bottle of sorrel. #bellyfull. Jamaican specialties like jerked chicken, curried chicken, curried goat, oxtail, stewed chicken, escovitch fish, and cod-fish fritters, were sure to make you drool and enter the cephalic phase of digestion.
Day 2's Outfit:
I've had this Rasta dress like forever. It was the perfect time for me to rock these bold colors with matching accessories. Again, my African print head wrap was a must.
One of the highlights of Day 2 was reuniting with the very awesome and talented J-Elijah, Creative Ajay's second guest. When I spotted those blue frames in the crowd, I knew I was about to get lucky. He was donning his favorite color, blue, and was vibrantly clad as usual. I wasn't going to let him go without snapping a few photos.
These intricate works of art, representative of life, tell a real story. I felt like I've won in so many ways, enjoying a free history lesson through the utilization of relevant symbols and artifacts.
I love coconut water. In fact, this is my electrolyte drink of choice when I work out. But holding a real coconut in my hand for the first time in many years, certainly felt good.
This slideshow features different elements that I captured, such as jewelry, crafts, and fabrics.
If you're in the Brooklyn area, today is the last day to catch the festivities. It should be clear now why I had to go back for a second dose. I'm obsessed with art and I love BLACK culture! I was so proud to see so many upholding and embracing their roots and culture. Let's band together and embrace BLACK, because it is rich and it is BEAUTIFUL. Until next time, BE BOLD. BE ALLURING. BE DIFFERENT!
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