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Keepers of Afrikan Tradition: Elegba Folklore Society

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Melanated Woman is proud to introduce to you, from Richmond, VA, the amazing,  Omilade Janine Bell, founding president and artistic director of Elegba Folklore Society. Elegba, from the Yoruba cosmology of West Africa, is an Orisa or intercessor who opens the roads, bringing clarity out of confusion. The Elegba Folklore Society is a year-round, lively celebration of African and African American culture. Enjoy art and imports in our cultural center. Sway with our performance company in the warmth and feel of an African village. Awaken YOUR spirit! Or, participate in a guided heritage tour along the trail of enslaved Africans and other notable sites. The Capital City Kwanzaa Festival, Down Home Family Reunion, a Celebration of African American Folk Life, and Juneteenth, A Freedom Celebration are events that have delighted audiences for 22 years. The Society offers the best in African Diasporic cultural experiences, promoting an understanding of the present by valuing the past.

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