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Monday, February 1, 2016

Altadena Public Library Presents African American Heritage Drum and Dance Circle

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[Editor’s Note: We apologize! we omitted the date and time of this event! It will be Saturday, February 13  from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Barbara J. Pearson Community Room of the Main Library.]

Join the Altadena Library District in celebrating African American heritage with a Drum and Dance Circle presentation led by Onochie Chukwurah, the founder & owner of Rhythms Of The Village, located in Altadena. Rhythms Of The Village is a cultural shop that sells many handmade and authentic African goods.

The program, aimed at sharing Nigerian Culture, begins with traditional water libation, a ritual pouring of a liquid as an offering to a god or spirit or in memory of those who have died. Onochie then begins the drum and dance circle presentation with a drum call and storytelling. Once the music and dancing begin, the audience is encouraged to participate in the circle through guided drumming, dancing, and singing.

Whether it is music, dance, storytelling, or art, Onochie Chukwurah brings his own perspective to culture and his dynamic enthusiasm to his students. Coming to the United States from his native Nigeria in 1969 with a touring musical troupe, Onochie has since become a prominent figure in Southern California’s arts community. In 1979, Onochie formed a dance and theatre company that performed extensively in schools, community workshops and major venues throughout California and other parts of the United States sharing his culture through the art of storytelling, drama, songs, dance, drumming and arts and crafts. Onochie resides with his wife, Marilyn, and four children in Pasadena, California. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts from Cal State LA and Master of Arts in Human Development/Social Change from Pacific Oaks College. He is currently teaching, writing, performing and sharing his culture with all.

Onochie’s artwork will also be on display for the month of February in the Reading Court of the Main Library. Please inquire with Library Staff if you are interested in purchasing any of the artwork on display.

The Altadena Library is located at 600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena. For more information please call (626) 798-0833. For a schedule of events, visit the library on the web at



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