The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York To Perform as Part of Pan-African Cultural Show in Celebration of Black History Month at City College of New York in Harlem on FRIDAY February 21st 2014

Members of The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York in 2012.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Members of The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York in 2012. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

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Harlem, New York — The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York will perform as part of a Pan-African Cultural Show in Celebration of Black History Month at City College of New York in Harlem on Friday, February 21st 2014 at 6:30pm.  The show will be free.

Flyer advertising The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of NY's participation at this First Annual Pan-African Show at City College of New York in Harlem on FRIDAY, February 21st 2014.

Flyer advertising The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of NY’s participation at this First Annual Pan-African Show at City College of New York in Harlem on FRIDAY, February 21st 2014.

The show, entitled UMOJA (Swahili for “Unity”), is being sponsored by the Black Student Union and is this Pan-African Cultural Show is the first of it’s kind at the college.  Students from the campus of City College of New York in Harlem will also be a part of the show.  A Fashion Show is also scheduled to be a part of the presentation.   It will take place at:

Aronow Theater

City College of New York

160 Convent Avenue

New York, NY 10031

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UMOJA First Pan-African Cultural Show at City College of New York on FRIDAY, February 21st 2014.

UMOJA First Pan-African Cultural Show at City College of New York on FRIDAY, February 21st 2014.

The First UMOJA Pan-African Cultural Show is FREE and will take place at City College of New York in Harlem on FRIDAY, February 21st 2014.  The Show is scheduled to begin at 6:30pm.

Members of The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York in 2012.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Members of The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York in 2012. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

 

Founded in 2009, The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York exists to express the dance and music of a people whose language, dance and music was designated an Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001.  This Garifuna Dance company is named after Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer, who was the leader of Garifuna (then known as Black Caribs) resistance against European encroachment on Garifuna land on the island of St. Vincent in the late 1700s.

The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet has achieved notable milestones on their mission to expand awareness of the Garifuna ethnic group.  Notably, marching in the New York Puerto Rican Parade as well as the African Day Parade in 2012, Performing at the United Nations in 2013 as well as performing on a whirlwind tour of Belize during Belize Garifuna Settlement Day festivities in November 2013.

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