Konjo! West African Dance Troupe was founded in the fall of 1998 by Yetsa Tuakli-Wosornu, Eyi Tuakli-Wosornu, and Yemi Getahun. They saw the need To promote the aesthetics of African culture on the Yale campus through dance and music. Thus Konjo!, which means “beautiful” in Amharic, came into existence, and made its debut at the Black Solidarity Conference Talent Show. Since then, Konjo! has been, and continues to be active in the Yale-New Haven community, thrilling audiences of all ages. The dance troupe has participated in several campus-wide events, including the annual Yale-Harvard Talent show, Communiversity Day, the Black Solidarity Conference Talent Show, and Black Graduation, as well as events at local New Haven public schools.
In its 13th season, Konjo! West African Dance Troupe continues to be dedicated to showcasing the beauty of African culture through music and dance, particularly through repertoire from Senegal, the Gambia, Mali, and Guinea. This year Konjo has chosen to take a sabbatical from its company schedule, running a regular workshop series instead as the company re-organizes for the 2014-2015 season. Dance and drum workshops will be held multiple times over the course of the year and will be open to all levels. We welcome all who are interested, regardless of dance or drum experience. Please contact our Executive Director, Shizue RocheAdachi for more information.