Written by Staff
By Will Jukes
An audience at Irving Arts Center was delighted Saturday, May 4 when Bandan Koro gave a performance of authentic West African music and dance. Bandan Koro, which in the West African language Malinke means “under the tree,” is a local performing arts group promoting awareness and respect for West African culture in the DFW area with both education and performance. Their performance Saturday tried to do both, using music and dance to tell the story of the African Diaspora, the diffusion of African culture in the new world.
“The intent of this performance is to show that there's a connection between what happened in Africa years and years ago and what's happening in America today,” said Tony Browne, founder and director of Bandan Koro. “Those rhythms and that spirit never died, it came with us from Africa. The show is meant to show that even though today there seem to be some things that aren't tied to Africa, there's actually a much closer connection than a lot of people understand.”
Read the whole story in the May, 6 edition of The Rambler.