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Sankofa African Dance & Drum Group performs at Lewes Library

Jul 19, 2013
Photo by: Deny Howeth Brandon Carrion, drum captain for the Sankofa African drum and dance group watches over his band of drummers while a ceremonial dance is performed for a crowd of 155.

Dancers and drummers from Dover celebrated African culture at Lewes Library July 11, as about 155 children and adults attended the ceremony. The musical event is part of the summer reading program at the library, funded through a grant from Delaware Division of the Arts.

There are three more musical events in the summer reading program; go to for more information.

Sankofa African Dancers at Lewes Public Library
Norris Williams, 11, keeps the beat during his solo. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Savayah Brown, 8, the youngest performer in the Sankofa African Dance group keeps the pace with a proud smile. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Zachary Brown, 10, and Micaiah Brown, 12, kick it up a notch during a drum performance with the Sankofa African program. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Ninety-year-old Reuben Salters asks Arilyn Staggs, 1, to dance during the audience participation portion of the Sankofa African dance & drum performance. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Cynthia Wharton, 17, is all smiles during a dance performance sharing African culture. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Anna Drevno, 7, sits in awe while watching the Sankofa dancers perform. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Erin Noonan, 3, is thrilled by the drummers and dancers of the Sankofa African group. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Miranda Thomas, 18, expresses the meaning of a dance with shouts, trills and calls. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Reuben Salters, founder of the Dover Sankofa African dance company, explains the importance of involving youth in African history of ancient storytelling. He spoke to a crowd of 155 attendees during the performance. You can learn more about his program at (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
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