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








The Festival will begin at 12 pm Saturday.

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 and the region!

Vendors, you can now register online!  Click here

Please return regularly for our list of performers and activities

 Major Sponsors:


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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!


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.



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.


  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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