Founded in 2015, Kofago Dance Ensemble began as a social justice project, highlighting police brutality against African American men. The first version of the company operated as an all male company that provided dance training in traditional West African dance technique from Senegal.
The company’s first performance was at the CityDance School and Conservatory (MD, USA) with the Organization of Umfundalai Teachers “Dancing Our Africa!” performance. Our piece, entitled “NAGNOU FECC – The Men Must Dance“.
Nagnou Fecc is the Wolof words for “Men Dance”. In this world where male normalcy and manhood is defined by popular culture, we were looking to re-define what manhood is through the usage of traditional west African dance technique emanating from the country of Senegal. Nagnou Fecc also served as an artistic protest to the increased and rampant assault on the black male identity.
Kevin would relocated to New York to attend New York University, receiving a graduate degree in Dance Education. It was during that time that he began teaching in the New York City area. After the death of his father in 2017, Kevin would ring Kofago back, but this time, it would be a dance company dealing with both social justice issues and the need for healing through the performing arts.
Kofago’s dance repertoire pulls heavily from Kevin’s 20 years of West African dance experience. The company’s work is steeped in dance traditions from the Senegambia region of West Africa and the Caribbean, but is focused on ritual and community healing through the performing arts.
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