Kings & Queens
Using performing arts and interactive presentations to educate, motivate and inspire.
Baba Ayubu Bakari Kamau founded the Ayalode (pronounced Ay-ya-low-day) and Iantunga (pronounced Eye-an-tunga) Sacred Afrikan Drum and Dance Society in 1993. In 1996 the group was renamed as the Ayubu Kamau Sacred Afrikan Drum and Dance Society and the Ayubu Kamau Kings and Queens, a youth mentoring program in honor of Baba Bakari Ayubu who passed away on September 20th, 1995.
Ayubu (meaning perseverance) Kamau (meaning quiet warrior)
Sacred Afrikan Drum and Dance Society
The purpose and function of the society is to re-establish and exemplify the long rooted traditions and legacies African culture through African music, dance, storytelling, family and community centered activities. Understanding history and culture as an essential part of personal and community life and development. The Ayubu Kamau sacred African Drum and Dance Society used the art of music, dance rites of passage (coming of age) programs and storytelling as cultural ambassadors to promote and nurture harmony in humanity. Understanding the connection and relationship to our environment and the spiritual bond and commitment we have with our elders and ancestors.
For the past twenty four years the
organization has performed throughout the
United States and is committed to exude the beauty, resilience and integrity of
the Diaspora of African Culture in music, dance, education and the arts.
In 1995 a youth focused group The Ayubu Kamau Kings and Queens Children's
African Drum and Dance School was formed and continues to grow under the
direction of Iya Ile (pronounced E-yaah E-lay) and Baba Kwasi
(pronounced Baa-baa Kway-see or Kwa-see).