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2019-2020 Children’s Classes Now Enrolling

Registration for Kulu Mele’s dance & drumming classes for children ages 5 to 18 is now open for the 2019-2020 school year.

CLICK HERE to download a 2019-2020 registration form. For more information, email Kulu Mele or call 917-238-0756.

Kulu Mele offers weekly West African dance & drumming classes for children ages 5 to 18.  No dance or music experience necessary. Classes meet weekly during the school year, and end with performance for family and friends.

Called “Omo Kulu Mele,” Kulu Mele’s children’s classes offer many benefits. Participants get great exercise, improve coordination, develop their self-esteem and experience the pride of accomplishment. Classes are a chance for children of African heritage to explore their cultures of origin, while other students embark on a cross-cultural journey.

Enroll your child today!

Kulu Mele’s all-new 50th Anniversary production to premiere in Philadelphia on November 30, 2019

Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble — now celebrating 50 years! (1969-2019.) PNC Arts Alive is the official sponsor of Kulu Mele’s 50th anniversary season, including the world premiere of Ogun & the
an all-new work of American dance theater, inspired by Afro-Cuban performative traditions.






Ogun & the People has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and is co-commissioned by the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.





Ogun & the People will make its world premiere at the Annenberg Center for one performance only, on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets to Ogun & the People will go on sale Monday, July 15, 2019 at the Annenberg Center Box Office at 3680 Walnut Street; online (CLICK HERE); and at (215) 898-3900. Order soon for best seat selection! Kulu Mele’s 2018 annual show SOLD OUT to standing-room-only capacity, so advance purchase is strongly recommended.

Additional support for Kulu Mele’s 50th anniversary season has been provided by The Orisa Community Development Corporation, Joe Quinones, Chairman. Recognizing the survival of Orisa traditions globally as both a miracle and blessing, The Orisa CDC serves practitioners of Yoruba Orisa tradition within the New York and Philadelphia metro areas. Connect with the CDC on Facebook.




Kulu Mele to perform at 1619Fest

On Saturday, August 17, 2019, Kulu Mele will perform in Jamestown, VA, as part of 1619Fest, in  commemoration of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to arrive in the American colonies 400 years ago (1619-2019), at the actual site of their arrival. 1619Fest will pay tribute to the memory of those first Africans, who, along with their descendants — right up to this very day and for many more years to come, contributed so much to the development of the American nation.

“1st Thursday” African dance classes for adults 16+

Next class: Thursday, September 5, 2019

Join Kulu Mele dance captain Ama Schley for African dance classes for adults age 16+, the first Thursday of most months, September to May (no class in December). Next class: Thursday, September, 2019. All classes held at Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave., 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. $10 cash only at the door (exact change appreciated.) NO prior dance experience necessary. Come for FUN, community, a great workout and a cultural journey. TIP: Arrive early for a chance to find free on-site parking behind the building.


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Kulu Mele performs at Jacob's Pillow.
Highlights from Celebrating Senegal, the all-new show that Kulu Mele premiered at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, during November, 2015
Hip hop encore at Jacob's Pillow.
Omo Kulu Mele children's show, June 6, 2015
Kulu Mele performance as part of the Pope's visit to Philadelphia, September 26, 2015
Kulu Mele performance as part of the Come Together Dance Festival in Philadelphia, July, 2015
Kulu Mele dancer Tekeytha Fullwood sings as well as she dances -- check out her new music video!
Kulu Mele's cultural immersion trip to Santiago de Cuba, September 2018



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