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Adding Heart to Their Art

Tribe Sankofa

When Tribe Sankofa stages its first official performance, dubbed Word-Soul: the Redbones Edition, their intention will not merely be to present an eclectic night of performing and visual art, but also to raise approximately $200,000 as part-scholarship for two students at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

Founder and artistic director of Tribe Sankofa, Fabian Thomas, explained that the collective hopes to make the scholarship a regular element of their activities. He notes that  it will attempt to focus on financially needy but dedicated students.

The 15-member group combines spoken word, music and visual arts and the night’s performance will be paying homage to the life of ska legend, Don Drummond.

“The audience can expect a potpourri that will tickle the senses on several levels,” Thomas said. He explained that the Tribe’s offerings will be bolstered by the talents of a slew of guests performers including Tanya Stephens, Michael Harris, Mijanne Webster and Christopher Hutchinson.

“Our guests have been just on-point in terms of their generosity as well as their commitment to rehearsals,” Thomas said. The lengthy roster of guests also includes Jesse Jones and Tevaughn Gordon of the Seaview Allstars, Kevin Nelson and Renee McDonald from the Company Dance Theatre and Roxanne Webber and Ramone Gordon from Quilt Performing Arts Company.

Word-Soul: The Redbones Edition takes place at Redbones the Blues Cafe, Argyle Road on Wednesday, December 5, at 8:30pm.