XRootsFest at Maplewood, Saturday, June 2nd, 12 pm – 6 pm








Saturday, June 2, 2018 12 pm – 6 pm

Maplewood Memorial Park, Maplewood 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

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           The  COBU Project



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Featuring Johnathan Celestin

Only a few years ago, Celestin, with just $200 in his pocket, moved to New York to pursue his dream. It is the power of that dream that led to his debut music video “12 Steps”, which has accumulated over 200,000 views. Furthermore, he has been featured on national and international television. The young artist even completed his East Coast Spring College Tour in the USA at the same time he was completing his studies at Columbia University.
Critics refer to Celestin’s breakout EP “And then the Rolling Stone Fell in Love”, as a no-holds-barred performance that is worthy of a Grammy. In 2017, Celestin recorded the single “Quicksand” (produced by Nicholas Wright) and will take this title (among others) with him on his World Tour this coming summer. Celestin is an openly queer artist, who, through his music spread not only love and solidarity to marginalized voices, but also an increased visibility.



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!



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.


The Seventh Principle is a one-of-a-kind contemporary dance company that The Star Ledger calls headed for success…a fresh take on African culture in a modem world.
The company’s main
objective is to heighten awareness of African dance and culture through creative expression of this unique art form. In addition to their focus on African dance in contemporary culture, The Seventh Principle also addresses current themes that reflect the role of an “African in America.” The power of the number “7” is present throughout Africa in astrology, numerology, mythology and custom. The company name comes from Kwanzaa, a celebration of African heritage and values that includes seven principles as a system for daily living.


Ahmondylla Best and Wobledoe 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.



 Vietnamese Heritage Center (VHC) whose  mission is to provide support for the Vietnamese immigrant community while educating the general public and local community on Vietnamese language and culture.  VHC strives to be a resource for all to learn about and celebrate Vietnamese lifestyles and customs. Over time, VHC has expanded its activities to celebrate major Vietnamese holidays such as the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (Tết Trung Thu) and the Lunar New Year (Tết Nguyên Đán) with the NYC community at large.


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.



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.


Pat Cannon’s Foot & Fiddle Dance Company is a versatile ensemble of dancers and musicians who present American dance and music in creative new ways. Foot & Fiddle offers audiences a slice of Americana in a dazzling blend of dance and musical styles which include Clogging, Square Dancing, Tap, Irish Step Dancing, Country Music, Bluegrass, Swing, Cajun and Rock’n Roll.




  Z3 Elements – a Zumba team. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba’s choreography incorporates Hip-hop, Soca, Samba, Salsa, Merengue, Mambo, Martial Arts and some Bollywood.
Zumba inspires us to be healthy and motivates us to keep in shape. Doing ZUMBA puts a Smile on your face and it is even more fun to share this experience with others.



Creations Dance Academy – A mainstay at XRootsFest. Choreographed by the accomplished Divya Jain and beautifully garbed, Creations dance academy dancers perform a blend of traditional Indian dance and Bollywood.





Racines is a Haitian Youth Dance troupe founded in 1996 in Jersey City. Racines means “roots” and one of their main goals is to provide an environment where Haitian youth can strive and learn about their culture. Racines prepares them for a future into which they will step with confidence and pride knowing who they are, where they come from and where they are going. Racines welcomes youth of different backgrounds, all are welcome with no exceptions. Our emblem is “United We Stand”.




Maracatu New York – From the swamps of Brazil to the Bayous of New Orleans through the streets of NYC – Maracatu New York is dedicated to the performance and knowledge of traditional Maracatu de Baque Virado and other musical styles from the Northeast of Brazil, while fusing these rhythms with New Orleans Second Line and funk.


 Teens Step Up is a non-profit organization that provides Step Dance instruction and life skills development to youth in underserved communities in New York and New Jersey. Teens Step Up uses the platform provided by the Step classes to provide step and fitness instruction, educational enhancement, career development and other initiatives to empower youth to become good citizens. Teens Step Up either currently is providing or has provided afterschool programs in New York City and the New Jersey cities of Newark, East Orange, Orange, Trenton, Paterson, Camden, Jersey City, and Egg Harbor. We currently provide services to 350 young people. Teens Step Up transforms the lives of its students by providing a holistic program that emphasizes academic achievement, physical fitness, making healthy choices, building self-esteem and developing leadership abilities. By requiring students to maintain strong academic records, Teens Step Up inspires many students that might not otherwise have done so to graduate and go onto college. For more information or to donate please visit our web.



Felisha George & Freetown are a hip-hop band made up of Maplewood/South Orange natives. The band members Eli Gomberg, Titus Smith and Peter Glenn are all current CHS students and the lead rapper Felisha George is a 2012 CHS graduate. The name “Freetown” stems from growing up in MAPSO and being able to connect with youth from all different backgrounds and having the privilege to come together to create music with a message freely. Their music focuses on racial inequalities, systematic oppression, and most importantly self love! Together they hope to bring light to issues that are silenced and bring families of all races together to enjoy good music.





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