Emanuel Yawson Tengey founded Nkrabea in 1995. The group is affiliated with the Centre For National Culture and a member of the Ghana Dance Association. Making up the ensemble are 25 talented members with a passion for culture and dance, ranging in ages from 18-30.
Nkrabea is culturally committed and every performance represents an African celebration. The group is skilled in the dance of their ancestors along with modern interpretations. Their performance includes acrobatic displays, African drumming, folk music, and fire eating.
The group has performed at international festivals throughout the world including Scotland, England, Malaysia, Togo, Ghana, and many more. Nkrabea has had former U.S. President, Bill Clinton, former World Bank President, James Wolfensohn, and former U.N. Secretary General, Dr. Kofi Annan as audience members.
Ghana is a country in West Africa known for diverse wildlife, old forts, secluded beaches, colonial buildings and castles, and treetop canopy walkway rain forests. Ghana is named after the Medieval Ghana Empire of West Africa. Ghana was the title of the kings that ruled over the kingdom and some of the inhabitants of present Ghana are descendants of those from the Empire.
The 33rd Edition of North Carolina’s Official International Folk Festival begins July 21 and runs through July 31, with parades (new parades in Asheville and Franklin), cultural events, festivals within the festival and – of course – those glorious, dramatic and colorful dance performances at venues all over Western North Carolina.
New parades & events will spark Folkmoot Festival 2016, the 33rd edition of North Carolina’s official international folk festival set for July 21 to July 31.
The schedule of events has been announced and in addition to new events all over Western North Carolina, the line up includes new public parades in Asheville and Franklin, international issues discussion forums, a new children’s carnival and the always popular – and free – Parade of Nations through downtown Waynesville moved from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning to better serve busy families.
Folkmoot performers are primarily college students who are acting as cultural ambassadors for their home countries.
For the 2016 Festival groups will travel from China, the Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Ghana, Japan, Peru, Poland, Romania and a special U.S-Mexico collaboration. The 2016 Festival will also include performances by the Eastern Band of Cherokee and other local Appalachian dance groups and bluegrass bands .
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Folkmoot, literally a “meeting of the people,” provides programs based on cultural exchange, designed to build global relationships, foster cultural understanding and develop community prosperity. Folkmoot creates opportunities for individuals and communities across the globe to build a deeper sense of connection, mutual respect and shared purpose.