XRootsFest at South Orange, Saturday, June 24th, 2 pm – 6 pm








The Festival will begin at 2 pm Saturday.

Saturday, June 24, 2017 2 pm – 6 pm

Floods Hill, South Orange NJ

Mark your calendars and let your friends know now! The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race will present XRootsFest (pronounced CROSS-Roots-Fest). Musicians, dancers, story-tellers, merchants and food vendors rooted in the cultures of four continents will weave together a fabulous afternoon for you, your friends and family. Enjoy and celebrate the diverse roots of our community and the region!

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Beatrice Carter

Beatrice Carter, Radio and TV

 personality returns once again

 to MC the event!





Red Storm Drum & Dance troupe is a Native American educational and performance group from Staten Island. Margaret and Robert Boldeagle are two of our group’s founders who, with our members of varied Native American heritage, travel the nation using artifacts, song, drum and dance to teach people about the 560 Native American Tribes that exist in the U.S. today. Our mission is to preserve the Native American history for future generations. They will be at the festival all day to perform and share the Native American Culture!



 EgunOmode (children of the ancestors), founded by Baye and MakedaKemit, is Trenton, NJ’s own West African dance & drum, Yoruba folklore performing arts group. Our company is comprised of teachers and students of The Garvey School/EgunOmodeShule, an African-centered independent school in Trenton and professional artists from Guinea, West Africa and others from the greater NJ area. As African-centered educators, musicians and life-long students of African culture, EgunOmode brings the authenticity and excitement of West African culture and tradition to the stage.



Cobu, based in New York City, was created as a Live Rhythm Performing Arts Group in 2000. Yako Miyamoto, the founder of Cobu is a veteran member of the off Broadway-hit STOMP. Cobu is a live rhythm performing arts group, combining elements of the Japanese traditional Taiko drumming with NY style street dancing. Cobu’s motto is `Dance like Drumming, Drum like Dancing`, inspired by the combined sounds of New York and traditional Japanese culture. Our signature sound is created organically through acoustic instruments rather than digital transcription. This juxtaposition of traditional modernity makes us a particularly unique and original performing arts group.


Eindian right 2014 Creations Dance Academy. Back for a fourth year in a row. These beautifully garbed Indian classical performers are trained by dancer, choreographer, and instructor  Artistic director and founder of Creations Dance Academy Divya Jain.  Ms. Jain also hosts a morning show on Radio Dll 96.3 FM. 



Rara Pa Nou is New Jersey’s own band which for the past seven years has been serving the community with a very positive message. Rara is a form of festival music originating in Haiti that is used for street processions and for celebrating the freedom achieved by our ancestors. The music centers on a set of cylindrical  bamboo trumpets called Kone which may also be made of metal pipes. Most of our songs are written in Haitian Kreyol but everybody can enjoy the music and rhythm of Rara.



  Ibn Sharif Shakoor is an American Hip Hop recording artist, songwriter and poet from Jersey City, New Jersey. He is best known for his soulful lyrics along with powerful, creative music videos directed by himself and business partner Lorenzo Pickett. In 2004, he released his first mix tape title “It’s Been War”…[which] earned him attention and respect among his rap peers. In 2006 he released a second mix tape titled “Poetic Justice”, and another in 2015 titled “1986”. Ibn is also a teacher in the Jersey City School System.



Ahmondylla Best

Ahmondylla Best  Drawing on Native American and African ritual as well as personal experience, Ahmondylla, a Maplewood resident,   takes her artistic practice far beyond any particular genre. She is visual artist and musician, author and composer, storyteller, performer, choreographer, filmmaker, director, and educator.




Drums from Heaven – Are you ready to experience the joy of drumming? Founder Tommy Purple Haze has beenmer,  playing various hand drums and percussion instruments for over 25 years. He has been facilitating drum circles for about 12 years.     Individual drumming or the drum circle experience can bring many healthy benefits to your life. Relaxation, stimulation, meditation, healing and spiritual fulfillment are all part of what you can feel while drumming. In general, drumming is lot’s of fun! A drum circle can bring rhythm and harmony to its participants and enhance your musical creativity.



The Ayazamana Cultural Center is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Ecuadorian culture and educate about it’s customs and traditions to the community through the arts. The Ayazamana Cultural Center fulfills its mission by providing programs and services to the community by creating events that highlight the richness and diversity of Ecuadorian culture. Ayazamana also works alongside other community organizations in order to reach a broader, diverse audience.




LaChaney’s Dance and Music Academy. Based in Maplewood NJ, the  goal of the academy is to instill discipline and the love of dance and music in all students. The Academy teaches not only the arts of dance and music, but skills that enable  students to be successful in life. These skills of discipline, cooperation, creativity, confidence, and pride are just a few major factors that contribute to our children’s success, along with positive self-esteem which is very important to each child’s development.


An accomplished musician with no confinements, Mr. Ector is currently the Instructor of Jazz Percussion at Princeton University. He is also the President and Executive Director of Arts For Kids Inc., a non-profit arts-in-education company providing workshops performances and professional development for schools in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Vincent is currently in demand as a recording musician and as a performer at jazz festivals throughout the world with numerous international artists such as, NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston Octet, The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Stars & Big Band, Bobby Watson & Horizon,  Steve Miller, Jose Feliciano, Nat Adderley Jr., and Ben E. King.



Led by recording artist Selah Jendayi, Exodus Supreme boasts unparalleled sound and band members chosen for their performance energy and experience.  Possessing a versatile repertoire, the band is particularly noted for new R&B, Old School, Hip Hop and Club. Being internationally diverse, their Calypso, Reggae African and Latin performances capture the authenticity of the music, as well as the hearts and souls of the people attending.


Featured Activities

 Artist, Author and Poet Antoinette Wood will lead Adults and children on this fun activity based on “Paint and Sip” .  $     

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