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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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.


USAAMA, meaning “precious” in Swahili, is a pre-professional performing youth company founded in 1995 that strives to give today’s youth a sense of pride, culture, and knowledge through dance. The company has been designed to help introduce inspiring young dancers into the world of dance, performing and assisting in developing self-esteem, self-respect and respect for the arts. The company is dedicated to the preservation of African dance and song, as well as encouraging respect for elders, and the community. The youth are exposed to professional artists and performing venues so they can learn the discipline required of all artists.


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.


 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.



Viva Flamenco – No music better represents the story of an outcast, vagabond people, without home and patrimony but with a culture so rich it’s inspired poets to call it “a way of life.” More than mere dance, Flamenco is a trinity of throbbing guitar rhythms, pounding dance and songs of lament and joy– all born from the struggle and joy of Andalusian gypsies who, with abandon and strength, celebrate the vibrancy and pathos of life. Not for the faint of heart.

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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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