NC A&T will participate in the 2022 North Carolina Folk Festival

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EAST GREENSBORO, NC (September 6, 2022) – The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) and other North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Adjuncts will participate in the North Carolina Folk Festival 2022 this weekend with various musical performances, extending an invitation to visit the new University Galleries exhibit and will host a booth in downtown Greensboro to engage with festival attendees. The festival is a “three-day celebration of cultural heritage through music, dance, crafts and handmade food” with a mission rooted in the appreciation of “diverse traditions and contributes to the vibrancy and l ‘community inclusiveness’.

Friday, September 9

* Kaleta Group and Super Yamba
Performance and masterclass for A&T students from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Harrison Auditorium, NC A&T Campus

Kaleta Group and Super Yamba brings the Afrobeat of Nigeria and Brooklyn to their audience. Ligan-Majek, or “Kaleta”, is a singer and guitarist from the West African country of Benin Republic. He lived his teenage life in Lagos, Nigeria where Afrobeat was born. For decades he toured and recorded with Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Lauryn Hill and many more. Kaleta has been leading the group since 2017, including a performance at the Apollo Theater in 2019.”

The band will also perform in downtown Greensboro throughout the festival. For the full schedule of shows, visit the NC Folk Festival website.

Saturday September 10

*E. Gwynn Dancers of North Carolina A&T
Modern and West African dance led by Melanie McLaurin, Ph.D., from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Venue: VanDyke Theater

“The well-traveled and internationally acclaimed dance company, E. Gwynn Dancers of North Carolina A&T State University, will present an array of energetic dance, song and drumming from Africa and the Caribbean. The workshop, led by dance teacher, Melanie McLaurin, Ph.D., and featuring the talented dance students of the E. Gwynn Dance Company, will demonstrate the Dunham Technique, a dynamic modern dance technique that engages body, mind and spirit. ! Created by dance pioneer Katherine Dunham, the Dunham technique draws on a variety of dance forms, including modern dance, ballet and Afro-Caribbean. Come to this workshop ready to connect with your inner dancer!

*Exhibition of university galleries
“The Beauty Within: African American Art from A&T’s Permanent Collection” runs September 1-30
Location: Dudley Building, 202 University Circle Greensboro, NC 27411

“This exhibition examines the beauty, importance and diversity of African American art. The diverse works of art span a century of creative expression in various media including painting, collage and photography and represent many artistic styles ranging from realism to abstract expressionism and popular art. The exhibition will feature North Carolina African American artists Romare Bearden, Vandorn Hinnant and John Biggers; Harlem Renaissance artist Charles Alston; and Alma Thomas, the first African-American woman to have her work in the White House’s permanent art collection. The Beauty Within will offer insight into the University Galleries’ vast and important collections that reflect its long-standing promise to black artists to acquire and display their work.

Additional performance related to A&T:

North Carolina A&T Cold Steel Drumline – Friday, September 9, 6:15-6:45 p.m.
Location: scene of the old courthouse

North Carolina A&T Fellowship Gospel Choir – Saturday, September 10, 6-7 p.m.
Location: CityStage

*- denotes specific events sponsored by the ACSSS and the folk festival


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