Emerse Yourself in a Weekend of African Culture @ the 4th Annual Ndaje Festival

June 25, 2010 at 5:04 pm Leave a comment

Watch a performance of Les Enfants du Soliel.

 This multi-dimensional African extravaganza, now in its 4th year, begins on Friday afternoon (6/25) and the action continues until Sunday evening (6/27). Is easy to see why the Ndaje Festival of African Music and Dance has sustained its popularity thus far as its has so much variety to offer its attendees. There will be workshops given in native music and dance, a concert, and a huge after party to follow. In addition, all this wonderful activity will be highlighted by the presence of the vendors displaying their African wares including clothing, crafts, and food. Ndaje or Wolof means come together, and this special celebratory gathering is the creation of its distinguished master of ceremonies Pape N’Diaye and his non-profit cultural organization, the Ndaje School of African Arts, Inc. N’Diaye is a highly esteemed authority on African dance and shares his talents with the rest of the world through his choreography, teaching, and own personal dance and music performances. His was originally a member of the National Ballet of Senegal and has extensive knowledge of both traditional and contemporary African, as well as Western modern and jazz dance techniques. He teaches classes locally and choreographs for many area dance companies including, the Kinodance Company, Harvard Pan-African Dance and Music, and MIT’s African Dance Group.


The festival workshops will be held on all three days of the event. Internationally acclaimed instructors will be conducting classes in West African drumming, dancing, and singing. And guess what? Students with all levels of expertise will be accommodated, so even if you just happen to be one of those curious types dying to tryout something new and different, well then here’s your big chance. On Saturday evening there will be a performance by Les Enfants du Soliel. This very popular African dance theater is directed by Pape N’Diaye himself and never fails to totally entrance the audience with their mesmerizing rendition of native folk-lore. These virtuosos of music and dance from Senegal, Guinea, Mali, and the U.S. put on a dazzling display of color, action-packed choreography, and infectious rhythm that will beg you to sing and dance right there in your seat, or out of it for that matter, along with the rest of the crowd. Then the celebration continues at the Doundounba or Sabar themed after party featuring African drumming and dance performances by artists taking part in the festival and special guests. And, of course, the crowd in general will also be dancing up a storm,  not only to the beat of the drum but also to a dj’s selections of reggae, hip-hop, mbalax, and Afropop tunes. Thanks to Pape N’Diaye’s ingenious design, this single event offers so much variety to its attendees that there is literally something  of  interest here for everyone indeed!




When: Friday – Sunday, June 25th – 27th       

                 Workshops – 6/25 – 6/27 (See schedule for times)

                 Concert – Saturday, 6/26 @ 8:00 p.m.

                 After Party – Saturday, 6/26 @ 11:00 p.m.

Where:  Workshops – Dance Complex (Central Square)

                                   Further directions

            Concert – Kresge Auditorium (MIT)

            After Party – YMCA of Cambridge

Tickets: Workshops (See registration info for pricing)

                      Purchase online for a discount untill 6/22

             Concert: $20.00 (Purchase online until 6/25) 

                           $25.00 (At the door)

             After Party: $10.00 (With Concert ticket)  

                              $15.00 (General Admission)

More Info:  Email: ndajefestival@papendiaye.com 

                           Join the mailing list to receive festival updates in your inbox 

Out of Town Guests: Transportation/Lodging                          




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