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Diversity astounding at Africas pavilion.

By Manfred Jager

Staff reporter (Winnipeg Free Press)

 

In only its third year of operation, Folkloramas Africa Pavilion may well be Winnipegs best-kept secret this week.

The first thing the audiences at St. Josephs parish Hall, College Avenue and Andrew street, realize as they watch what can only be described as an extraordinary of cultural traditions coming from the African continent.

The variety is astonishing. So is the magnitude of talent the tiny African-Canadian community here has been able to assemble and showcase of their fellow Winnipeggers. Its a whirlwind of music drums and dancing that leaves that viewer breathless and reaching for superlatives.

The Ethiopian Dancers of African communities of Manitoba alone are more than worth the price of admission and wont soon be forgotten by those who cheered them last night. So is solo dancer Casimiro Nhussi, Who starts his routine as arthritic senior regaining

Youth and agility after taking a pinch of snuff.

 

Other parts of call represent Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Congo, Mozambique and Sudan.

Pavilion spokesman Dr.Charles Olweny, a Uganda native cancer specialist at the St.Boniface hospital, says when Folklorama begun in 1970 there was particularly no African Community here.

Two years ago we celebrated our 10th Anniversary as an association, he said Most of our people are quiet happy here, but after the first winter were all convinced this part of North America should have been settled by anyone, let alone Africans.

You get over that, however.