XRootsFest at South Orange





Saturday, June 24, 2017 12 noon -5 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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Please return regularly for our list of performers and activities

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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!


The phenomenal Usaama Dance Company, is back ! This youth dance company is dedicated to the preservation of African dance and song, as well as encouraging respect for elders, and the community.  Usaama has performed at numerous locations throughout the Essex County Area including sold-out performances at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Montclair State University, The Grand Chalet, Capezio, Fairleigh Dickerson University, Essex County College and many more.



Biwanko the awesome children’s Taiko (Japanese Drumming) group returns. They performed in 2014. and we all had a blast learning to drum after their performance. Biwanko consists of a group of children connecting American and Japan with the sound of TAIKO (Japanese Drum).



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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

Ahrmondylla 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.

Have a look at video & pictures from past festivals:

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