The internationally traveled Wacongo Dance Company, will bring African arts to the stage of the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus at 7 p.m. Friday, February 29. The ensemble of master drummers, musicians, and dancers, all residents of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have captivated audiences throughout Asia, Europe, and North and South America, with their cultural excursion into ancestral songs and dance of Central Africa.
The Pittsburgh-based dance company’s mission is to inspire and educate audiences about African heritage and culture. Their performance explores music from 400 ethnic groups, including Luba, Mongo, Kongo, Mbala, Chokwe, Pende, Kuba, and Mbunda.
Tickets for the dance company are $5 per person. This event, which is being co-sponsored by the Black Action Society, Student Programming Board and UPJ Student Senate, is part of the college’s Black History Month celebration.
Founded in 1927, UPJ is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, UPJ offers a first-class educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.