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The Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers are a group of tremendously talented artists that grew out of the cultural experience demonstrated in Malcolm X Park.


Every Sunday, weather permitting (at least 60 degrees and sunshine), something quite magical happens in Malcolm X Park, which is located at 16th and Euclid Streets NW in Washington DC from 3pm - until.


Drummers from all walks of life, and from every level of drumming abilities, other musicians of all varieties, and spectators of all nationalities and ages, come together and create a wonderful expression of creative energies.


From this setting, arose a group of performing artists called the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers.


Donald Donga, a Nigerian master dancer formerly with the National Troupe of Nigeria, will bedazzle you with his unusual body distortions.


King Baba James, also, a Nigerian master dancer, and, also, formerly with the National Troupe of Nigeria, will entertain you with his no-hand flips and master dance personality.


Christi Okougdo, another Nigerian master dancer, and, again, formerly with the National Troupe of Nigeria, will intrigue you with dance steps from her native village.


Becky Umeh, Nigerian master dancer and mastersinger, will delight you with her extraordinarily graceful movements and voice expressions.


Afrika M.A.Abney, a native Washingtonian, is a powerful dancer and will interpret life for you by using her feet as instruments.


Sakinah Figgers, originally from Las Angeles CA and a teacher of pre-school children here in Washington DC, will please your eyes with colorful African clothes that she wears while dancing.


Diane Freeman, a native of Trinidad and Program Coordinator of Events at the Market Five Gallery at Eastern Market in southeast Washington DC, will fascinate you by dancing with a basket on her head.


Kombo Omolara, another Trinidadian, drummer, and master stilts walker, does creative dancing while being suspended four feet in the air on stilts, and does not miss a beat.


Roberto Dominich, master Cuban drummer, will challenge you to keep up with his incredible hand drumming speed.


Dion Jacobs, a native of Tobago and former student of Wayne Guerra (Trinidadian master djembe drummer), will demonstrate his extensive knowledge of djembe drumming.


Jaamin Tempo was trained in classical music in Japan, plays 13 different instruments, and has performed with Little Royal and Gill Scott Heron. She is a singer, songwriter, and composer, and plays conga drums for the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers.


Doc Powell, originally from Atlantic City NJ and one of the main coordinators of the creative activities on those Sundays in Malcolm X Park, rounds out the troupe and acts as the Music Director, producer, and lead drummer for the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers.


Some of the performance arenas used by The Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers are Market Five Gallery, The Martin Luther King Library, The Potter’s House, The Cultural Café, Wilson Senior High School, Riverside Baptist Church, Metro AME Church, The National Education Association, Union Temple Baptist Church, and Malcolm X Park.


Upcoming Performances featuring Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers


Tuesday, October 7, 2003. Metro AME Church, 1518 M. St., NW DC.6:30pm, www.democracyrising.org


Saturday, October 11, 2003. Malcolm X Park. 5:30pm.


For more information about the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers and bookings contact Doc Powell at 202-368-8677 or email him at dpowell@nea.org.

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