CU Presents: Step Afrika!


Not only are the rhythms of Africa the source for so much of the world's music, song, and dance, but they continue to produce new forms of expression to communicate and educate.


Step Afrika!, performing at CU Presents on February 2nd, features an explosive hybrid of the art form of stepping, a folklore tradition, found in Black fraternities and sororities with its origins in South Africa. “We use our hands and feet, our bodies and our voice to make music,” explains Step Afrika! founder C. Brian Williams. In addition to its hand and foot rhythms, drums and other percussive instruments add to the beat.

The company repetoire includes dances that explore the origins of stepping, plus historical events such as the Stoner Rebellion of 1739 and the Negro Act of 1740 (Drumfolk) that responded to the protests and outlawed blacks using drums, as well as the tragedy of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others lost to police violence (The Movement).


Last summer, the group performed (Drumfolk) at the White House along with other black artists to celebrate Juneteenth Day, comemorating the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

CU Presents Step Afrika! February 2nd at 7:30 PM at Macky Auditorium. For tickets: Step Africa!.

Bob Bows

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