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Kulu Mele African-American Dance Ensemble to perform at Moravian

Bethlehem, Pa., December 1, 2006—The Moravian College Multicultural Club will host an appearance by Kulu Mele: African American Dance Ensemble featuring music and dance from Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, Brazil, Haiti, and Cuba.  The dance evening program will be held on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, located in the Haupert Union Building.  The program is open to the public and admission is free.

The Kulu Mele ensemble was conceived more than 30 years ago in Philadelphia, and has received some of the region’s most prestigious awards and competitive grants during the years.  In addition to performing traditional dances from the sub-cultures it represents, the group engages in more modern genres like hip-hop and cha-cha.  Members have studied around the world in order to perfect their craft, and Kulu Mele’s choreography is created by members or master dancers and choreographers from the cultures represented.  The group incorporates an exciting blend of West African ancestral tradition and African American creativity, and includes master drumming in their performances.  The ensemble includes dancers Zoia Cisneros, Ama Schley, Payin Schley, and Angela Watson; drummers Kenneth Fauntleroy, Omar Salahu-din Harrison, and Gregory “Ishmale” Jackson; music director John Wilkie; artistic director Dorothy Wilkie; and founder Baba Robert Crowder.

Earlier in the day, An African Dance Workshop will be held 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Bahnson Center, Seminary, which is limited to the first 30 people who register.

The Bahnson Center is located at 60 W. Locust Street in Bethlehem.  The Haupert Union Building, located at the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets in Bethlehem.  Please contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at 610-625-7847 for additional information.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.