Sankofa is a symbolic, Ghanaian expression represented by a bird whose head turns back looking towards the past.
The Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble retrieves the cultural essences of the past and brings them into the present.
Sankofa presents dance and theater works expressing the dynamic presence of African culture in America. Some of the presentations are replicas of traditional African prototypes; and some are re-creations, employing contemporary themes and movement motifs.
The members of the African Dance and Drum Ensemble of SUNY Brockport represent the rich cultural heritage of Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas, and Africa that exists within our university community.
Clyde Alafiju Morgan served as artistic director from 1985 through 2015, before he retired from his position as associate professor of dance. Assistant Professor Jenise Akilah Anthony is currently serving as Artistic Director. Music director Khalid Abdul N’Fally Saleem joined the ensemble in 1994.
If you are interested in bringing the Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble to your community, school, or organization, please email the Dance Touring Manager, write or call:
Dance Touring Manager
Department of Dance
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420
Phone: (585) 395-5048
Fax: (585) 395-5134