Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble premieres Journey, Dec 1

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble, a Philadelphia cultural institution for nearly 50 years, will premiere an all-new show of traditional West African dance and drumming, plus Afro-Cuban works and hip hop. This highly celebratory event is appropriate for all ages and is the perfect way to begin a season of celebrations.

Philadelphia arts writer Lew Whittington (The Dance Journal) called Kulu Mele’s 2017 show “an altogether dazzling artistic journey.”

Dorothy Wilkie, Kulu Mele’s artistic director for more than 30 years, assures that this year’s show will be even more spectacular. “Kulu Mele just returned from studying Afro-Cuban dance and drumming in Santiago de Cuba, thanks to major support from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage,” said Wilkie. “This all-new show features several spectacular Afro-Cuban works that reflect our appreciation of the love we received in Cuba,” she added.

Tickets to Kulu Mele’s “Journey” are on sale now at For more information about Kulu Mele, visit

Kulu Mele presents Journey
Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 7:00 p.m.
Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts, 3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia
Tickets: $30 adults / $15 students & children
Online at or at the door

Photo Credit: Jaci Downs | Pictured: Edward Smallwood

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