Sister Africa will be the 17th annual culture show of the African Student Association. The show will be an exhibition of cultures from all over Africa. From songs in different African languages to the performance of traditional dances through the use of masquerades, the show will be a celebration of Africa’s diversity, beauty and its influence on the rest of the world. The goal of Sister Africa is to use art to show Africa’s impact on cultures from around the world. We hope that people leave the show with more of an understanding and appreciation for Africa and a renewed hope for unification of its descendants from around the world. This year, several fashion designers from all over the United States of America are allowing Sister Africa’s models to showcase their work. In addition, we will be having dance and musical performances from not only African entertainers but also from those inspired by the African culture like Latin@(s), Caribbean and many more
Any student at the University of Michigan will be able to participate and also attend the event.
This year, our host will be a Nigerian comedian and YouTube personality named Foxy P. We believe that comedy will be a means of engaging and unifying our audience through laughter.
The Amala Dancers are an all female West African dance group started almost ten years ago on campus. They will be performing a dance set along with a group of selected men at the Culture Show.
Oga Boyz is an all-male West African dance group that aims to promote various forms of modern African dance. During their performance, they will present popular dance moves from different regions of the continent.
Zuzu Acrobat Dancers
An East African acrobatic group, who was once featured on America’s Got Talent. Their performance will involve the use of masks, drums and clothing that are shared by cultures all over the continent.
Splash Josh is a rapper who will highlight important issues within the African community through song and rap.
Uprizin Steel Band
A steel band that is heavily influenced by Caribbean and African music. They will perform some of their works for the audience.
Omoregie & the Black Opera
Omoregie is a rapper and poet. He and his group, the Black Opera, will be performing a poem that will focus on Africa’s influence on the world.
Michigan Center for Capoeira
Michigan Center for Capoeira specializes in developing the art of Capoeira through cultural exchange. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. This group will share this Afro-Brazilian art with our audience.
The Fashion Show
The goal of the fashion show is to highlight the evolution of music and fashion in the African diaspora. We will show how African clothing and accessories have influenced fashion in the Caribbean, in Latin America, and in other cultures throughout the world.
Michigan Gospel Chorale
Michigan Gospel Chorale (MGC) is a faith-based group on campus. They will be performing Negro spirituals to showcase the roots of African-American culture.
Two members of the Michigan Latin@ Assembly will be performing a Bachata dance
Stepping originates from South Africa in a form of dance called the “boot dance.” This group of steppers will show how the boot dance has influenced modern stepping by performing a step routine.
Dolapo + Drummers
Dolapo is a University of Michigan student. She will perform a poem that focuses on African unity and the importance of the diaspora.