Africa within reach

The rhythms, patterns and flavors of Africa are closer that you think — at least this weekend. On Saturday, July 21, the Kukundi Dance and Drum Project, along with Motherland International International Relations, brings an evening of African drumming and dancing to the new Terpsicorps studio at 129 Roberts St. in Asheville.

The Saturday-night party runs from 6:30 to 11 p.m. and includes an African dinner, performances, dancing, drumming and a silent auction. Tickets are $20 ($15 without dinner, but who wants to pass that up?); info at

The drum-and-dance party is part of a full-weekend workshop event featuring Ivory Coast instructors Cheik Sosokko and Adama Dembele. Classes in West African dance and drumming are taught Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22. A more extensive camp is slated for Oct. 5 to 7 at Camp Merrimac in Black Mountain.  Call 298-7408 for info or to preregister.

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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