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The African Showboyz combine drumming, dance, magic, and adrenaline in spectacular performances that have taken them around the world. The Showboyz’ five Sabbah brothers – Napoleon, Joseph, Isaac, Moses, and JJ – grew up in Binaba, a tiny village in the bush country of northeast Ghana without electricity or schools. When the Showboyz took their show on the road to the rest of Africa, aided in their early years by Babatunde Olatunji, the “father of world music”  their music and messages of peace and unity connected with audiences everywhere. We are joined by Elder brother/father Napoleon with special guest, musician educator Val Serrant. The show opens with an archival interview with Joanna Haigood and visual artist Charles Tapolin who collaborate in Zaccho Dance Company's The Monkey and The Devil (2011). We close the show with a special interview with writer, visual artist and educator, Opal Palmer Adisa and her two daughters: Teju and Shola Adisa Farrar. Teju Adisa Farrar will graduate from Wesleyan University SPR '13. Teju’s main area of study is Sociology and Political, Critical, Cultural, and Social Theory, but social justice and global awareness are two of her main passions. Opal Palmer Adisa is a writer, photographer and full professor at CCA teaching in the MFA program and undergraduate Writing and literature programs. Her latest, novel is Painting Away Regrets. Shola Adisa-Farrar hails from Oakland, CA. A trained Singer and Actress, Shola Adisa Farrar has studied at Fordham University, where she earned a BA degree in Music.
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African Showboyz at Ashkanez Music and Dance Ctr
Music Literary Arts Napoleon Sabbah with Val Ser
Opal Palmer Adisa Shola and Teju Adisa Farrar
The Monkey and The Devil ZACCHO Dance Company
Joanna Haigood Charles Trapolin
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