The African American Dance Ensemble’s mission is to preserve and share the finest traditions of African and African American dance and music through research, education, and entertainment. With the motto, “Peace, love, respect for everybody,” the Ensemble celebrates traditional African culture, aesthetics, and values as resources to encourage interracial cooperation and cross-cultural understanding. Towards this end, the Ensemble develops partnerships and collaborations with community programs and resources, conducts residencies and workshops in diverse settings, and offers apprenticeships with emerging performers to enhance their artistic skills and capacities.
The 40+ Double Dutch Club was started in 2015 by founder, Pamela Pelt Robinson based out of Chicago, IL – it began with a few women who came together to support a friend and has now ballooned to over 33k members across the United States as well as internationally, Israel, Germany, and Canada. It has become a movement and sisterhood for women 40 and up. They are women from all walks of life who come together for fun, fitness, friendship, and fellowship.
OnlyUs allows the independent artist to reign revolutionary. Based in the heart of Durham, North Carolina, the collective seeks to provide not only music but programming, workshops, and innovative events on a level that revolutionizes how artists traditionally create their path in their music and in their community. The collective, derived from the Afrofuturism makerspace Blackspace, seeks to empower through community building and community empowerment. With a robust roster of artists, OnlyUs seeks to change how the music industry prepares and promotes artists and their communities.
Having started singing at the early age of six years, Hezter Boi is a talented artist who makes country, pop, R&B, and inspirational music. His music is inspired by experiences that can motivate people and bring hope to their lives. As a little boy, Hezter would travel to places with his father in a car, and they both would sing together different songs, mostly old classics, and gospel music, throughout their ride. This is where his obsession with music started and never left. With his music, Hezter Boi paints inspirational stories that can help people overcome sadness and melancholy, and bring back joy and laughter in their lives.
The Mint Condition Tribute Band is made up of a group of friends based out of the Durham and Raleigh area, who creates and covers different genre's of music. With over 20 plus years of music artistry, individually they have played for or sang with major artists such as Faith Evans,Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Rissi Palmer and Ruth La'Ontra. Through every performance MCTB proves that music is a part of life and should be shared around the world.
Alter Egos Band was birthed out of Greensboro, North Carolina, in September of 2015, with the intention of highlighting and showcasing the diverse talents of female entertainers in the city; and breaking barriers to the perceptions of a female-dominated stage presence. The All-Female, Front Line Band, brings a unique style of entertainment through the eclectic sounds of funk, jazz, neo-soul, R&B, and rock. Commanding and captivating audiences while prompting them to dance to the dynamic sounds and beats of GoGo.