We are Folade Na Weusi Drum & Dance Ensemble, a vibrant group of young artists who
bring the tradition of West African culture and contemporary Black culture to the
stage through song, music, drama and dance.
In our performances you may hear a story of triumph and celebration, maybe a
story of war and pain. You may see a traditional African Ballet or we may stir you
soul with a modern piece.
Folade’s rhythms are pure energy… energy that ignites an audience … energy that
makes them move… energy that will make them wanting, and ready to dance the traditional
movements with Folade’s dancers.
Folade began thirteen years ago when youth performed for a community Kwanzaa
Under the tutelage of Akilah Issa, the youth performed a traditional African dance
for the program. The performance was a great success and led the way to the beginning
of Folade Na Weusi Drum and Dance Ensemble.
Over the years the company has expanded to include many talented young artists as
well as the celebrated artist and arts educator Busara Whittaker as its Artistic
Folade Na Weusi’s future vision is to create an academy for children of all
ages whereby African dance, music language and culture can be studied, learned and
performed, thereby continuing the legacy of this rich culture. We have begun in
that endeavor by partnering with the Joseph B. Whitehead Westside YMCA’s after school
program to teach African Dance and music to youth in the Whitehead Community.
We invite you to become a part of the Folade experience as we bring to life the
ancient history and culture of a people. Our performances are exciting, uplifting,
educational and most of all, full of fire.
Are you Ready…? …to experience the rhythms of Africa …to feel the energy of the drum …to hear the story of a people