Photo of Kimani Fowlin by Tony Turner, Megan Minturn by Matthew Hoffman, and Okai Musik

Song, Dance, and Rhythm: Honoring Ibo Warriors

with Kimani Fowlin, Academy Fellow Megan Minturn, and Okai Musik
at Prospect Park
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Registration is closed.
Deadline: August 14.

Come celebrate the Ibo’s fight for freedom with singing, dancing, and drumming. Experience the music and movement that embody strength, as created by Kimani Fowlin, Okai Musik, and Megan Minturn in a Brooklyn Academy of Music residency at Brooklyn International High School. 

Kimani Fowlin is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. She is an assistant professor of dance and the director of the Dance Program at Drew University, and co-founder of Boom!Beep!Bop!—a children’s dance class rooted in the African diaspora. She has also served on the Mason Gross Dance faculty at Rutgers University for over twenty-three years and teaches dance residencies at Brooklyn Academy of Music and DreamYard Project. She has worked with many artists internationally and was awarded the New York State Dance Education Association’s Outstanding Dance Educator Award. This year, Fowlin received Drew’s Center for Civic Engagement Faculty Leadership Award “for her commitment to Civic Engagement through advocacy, teaching and project development.” 

Megan J. Minturn is a New York-based dancer, educator and choreographer. She has performed across the United States and internationally with Movement of the People Dance Company, Catherine Gallant/Dance, and her own company, MJM Dance. Megan holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University and teaches in Brooklyn; she was awarded the New York State Dance Education Association’s Outstanding K-12 Educator of the Year and Education Update’s Outstanding Educator of the Year. She has taught and written curricula for many institutions, including the Kennedy Center’s Teaching Artist Initiative, the National Dance Education Organization, and the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects. 

Brooklyn-born and of Haitian descent, young Okai was beating on anything that he could get his hands on to help his imagination grow. The sounds of hard boom bap drum loops of Hip Hop and roots music from the Caribbean led him on a musical path to find rock, jazz, samba, salsa, rumba—pretty much anything that involves percussion. Okai began on the trap set, then played congas for several years; once he was introduced to the West African Djembe, he concentrated on that for over ten years. He is also an accomplished emcee who has worked with many artists and has released two solo albums. Okai is the lead singer and percussionist of Brown Rice Family, and co-founder of Strings N Skins. He has performed at venues throughout the United States, including Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall, and internationally.

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