Jabali Afrika is starting to get a name for itself around CVTC. With its second visit to CVTC, students knew what to expect from the energetic music and dance group from the east African nation of Kenya. Jabali Afrika helped kick-off Black History Month by performing at CVTC’s Business Education Center on Monday, January 30.
The group’s members Joseck Asikoye, Justo Asikoye, Donald Bossadi, and Jojo Wlacko performed their “shake and bake” rhythms to more than 100 CVTC students, staff, and faculty.
Jabali Afrika sang their songs to an audience that did not mind turning the aisles into impromptu dance floors, taking over the stage and bringing the auditorium to life.
From Kenya, Jabali (Kiswahili for "rock") Afrika is a multifaceted group with a unique blend of fusion and African rhythms. Original compositions and traditional African melodies came alive on a wide variety of instruments, accompanied by vocal harmonies that formed the foundation of modern rock, jazz, gospel and blues. Drawing upon their shared history from the Kenya National Theatre Dance Troupe, the group's choreography and African tribal outfits made for a truly multicultural experience.
“Jabali Afrika puts on a great show and everyone I talked to had a great time,” comments Mike Ojibway, CVTC’s Diversity/Equal Opportunity Specialist. “This group is known to have audience members on the edge of their seats and some of the students were even dancing in the aisles.”