African Dance Party: Celebrating life, community and culture

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BRATTLEBORO >> African Dance Vermont presents a DJ dance party with African beats and performances by our local African dance teachers and drummers on Friday at 118 Elliot in Brattleboro from 8 to 11 p.m. Beverages will be offered for sale by Metropolis. It is a benefit to raise funds to support the family of Raoul Ombang. The suggested donation is $10 to $100.

Every Wednesday evening The Brattleboro Stone Church offers African drumming and dance classes. Raoul Ombang, originally from Cameroon, is the drum teacher, accompanist for the dance classes and more recently has been teaching dance.

Raoul's younger brother, Songolo Tresor, a dancer and singer from Salapoumbe, Cameroon died last January at the age of 29 from malaria.

The tradition in Cameroon is to have the funeral a year after the death to formally end the mourning. Songolo had been a member of the Singo Dance Troupe since 2006 along with Raoul. Singo was founded by their close friend, Georgette Adjie from Cameroon who also teaches African dance in Brattleboro.

Proceeds from the evening will go to raise funds for Raoul to send to his family for the expenses of his brother's funeral. At the same time it will be a celebration of Songolo's life and coming together to enjoy African music and dancing.

There is a GoFundme campaign for Raoul's family at https://www.gofundme.com/Songolo

For more information visit www.africandancevt.com, or call 802-380-5152.


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