Check it out: The Coffs Harbour-based African-Australian dance crew.
Check it out: The Coffs Harbour-based African-Australian dance crew. Bruce Thomas

Dancing to beat of jungle drums

A GROUP of African-Australian students will tonight make a statement of culture through hip hop break dancing to the beat of jungle drums.

The Orara High dance group will accompany the Rafiki Connection drumming group at a performance in the Coffs Harbour Anglicare Hall from 5pm.

The dance group is made up of students with Burundi, Togolese, and Sudanese heritage.

“We came up with the idea as a way of showing our African-Australian culture,” dancer Mary Adjikou said.

“The idea happened after a group of us African kids got talking on National Refugee Day in June. We wondered what we could do to show our culture.”

Dieudonne Ininahazwe, a teacher’s aid at Orara High, said the students were breaking down barriers through their dance.

“It’s been very beneficial for them,” Mr Ininahazwe said.

“The Rafiki Connection has also achieved great things. Rafiki means ‘friend’ in Swahili and it has taken African drumming to the wider community.”



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