The Cast

Nzengela Holmes

Nzengela Holmes

Nzengela Holmes is the Founder, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Uzuri Dance Theater. She has over 25 years of dance experience. Her dance training includes Alvin Ailey, The Dance Theater...

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Maguette Camara

Maguette Camara – Musical Director – is a recognized West African choreographer, musician and teacher based in New York City. Mr. Camara began his career with the Ballet Bougarabou Dance...

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Rance Nix

Rance Nix

I am a new transplant to New York City by way of Atlanta, Georgia. I graduated from the University of Georgia after studying Advertising and Music Business. I’ve always loved being...

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Kensiwe Mathebula Tshabalala

Kensiwe Mathebula Tshabalala

Kensiwe Mathebula Tshabalala is a trained and experienced South African actress who is excited about being apart of Anansi The Spider one of her first professional productions in the United...

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Portia Genevieve

Portia Genevieve

Portia Genevieve is a New York based actress from Sun Prairie, WI. She pursued her dream of acting professionally back in the spring of 2002, arriving at NY Penn Station...

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Lamine Thiam

Lamine Thiam

Lamine is a world-renowned dancer, choreographer, drummer, actor and instructor. Lamine specializes in West African Dance from his native Senegal and neighboring countries, including rhythms such as Sabar, Djembe and...

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Akim Funk Buddha

Akim Funk Buddha

Akim is a multi-faceted performance artist with talents ranging from high-energy Classic Hip Hop rhymes, beat-boxing and Mongolian throat-singing, to body-balancing, martial arts, tap dance and circus arts. Akim creates...

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Kevin Mbira

Kevin Nathaniel

A pioneer on the world music scene, Kevin Nathaniel was one of the early musicians to introduce New York audiences to the magical sound of the mbira. He is an internationally...

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Fode Sissoko

Fode Sissoko

Master West African Kora player and Drummer, Dancer and Stilt Walker – “I love it!”

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Shawne' Lee

Shawne’ Lee

​Shawne’ Lee born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, resided in Los Angeles for several years where she studied Dunham Technique.  After relocating to New York, she was introduced to West African dance...

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Leon Shubi Crowley

Shubi

I’ve played percussions all my life and later learned to play many other instruments. I have been a roadie and stage crew member. I went to Cornell University. I was...

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N’tifafa Akoko

N’tifafa Akoko

Born in Togo, West Africa, and transplanted to the United States, N’tifafa Akoko began her formal dance training in Flint, Michigan through a youth inner-city ballet company.  She continued her...

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Shanika Johnson

Shanika Johnson was born and raised in New York City. As a young girl, she studied dance at the Dance Theater of Harlem and with The Arts Connection Inc. In...

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Tené Redaja

Tené Redaja

Originally from Los Angeles, Tené spent her early years as a gymnast. She studied ballet, jazz, and hip hop in high school and was introduced to West African dance while...

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Yuko Tsuji

Yuko was born in Japan. She began her training in Jazz, Hip-Hop and House at the age seventeen. She came to U.S.A. and attended at Peridance Capezio Center in NY...

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Dakota Holmes-Dodge

Dakota Holmes-Dodge has been dancing since the young age of 3 and has trained at Alvin Ailey School of Dance, Djoniba Dance Center, Batoto Yetu Dance Company and the Professional...

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Raven Holmes-Dodge

Raven Holmes-Dodge

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Amber Holmes-Dodge

Amber Holmes-Dodge

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Forest Holmes-Dodge

Forest Holmes-Dodge

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