Kúkátónón Welcomes Our New Executive Director, Ms. Krystal Ngene! About Krystal: Krystal Ngene (pronounced n-ghen-nee) embraces her culture, authenticity, and life challenges to bring about learning opportunities and growth while using her passion, experience, and expertise to serve as a catalyst for positive change. She has spent her career in service at organizations in […]
By Nastacia Voisin on the Portland Radio Project blog. It started with a dream of dancing. As a young girl in Liberia, Rolia Manyongai-Jones dreamed of teaching African dance in the United States. She wanted to share the rich history of her culture to a multiracial audience through music. And finally, in 1983, she had […]
Post written by Taylor Gibson Starting in 2014, Kúkátónón is expanding its dancing and drumming lessons to integrate performing arts with math and science. Kúkátónón is collaborating with arts education specialist Wendy Thompson of Wahkeena Arts and Education to work with its teaching artists to design a pilot curriculum that integrates dancing and drumming with […]
Written by Toby Robboy On Friday, June 20, Kúkátónón teamed up with Sebe Kan West African Dance Company, and Baramokono Drumming Ensemble for The Village: A West African Rhythm and Dance Collective Performance. The dancers and drummers performed traditional music in this delightful celebration of the history of diverse West African nations. Anyone who has […]
Written by Toby Robboy With Kúkátónón’s gala coming up on May 3, we thought this would be a good time to shine a light on some of the amazing people who, through their tireless work and dedication, help make the troupe what it is. Today we are turning our attention to Lionel Clegg, a Kúkátónón […]
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An African Village Comes to Life
The deep smoldering sounds of the Djembe drums rumble in the distance, and a chant is called back and forth between the children.
Drums and voices become a river of sound and the room
is transformed into an African village.
Drummers and troupe dance into view. They begin “KÚKÁTÓNÓN!”
Come see our next performance and you'll know why!