ODUNDE - Troupe Da Da
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ODUNDE

TROUPE DA DA

PHILLY AFRICAN DANCE

Troupe Da Da, by way of Oyin Hardy, has been a part of the amazing ODUNDE celebration in Philadelphia for over 30 years. They have danced, sang, smiled and sharing their passion for West African Dance to the City of Philadelphia.

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Troupe Da Da African Dance and Drum Ensemble

Troupe Da-Da Officially Opens Up the

ODUNDE Celebration In Philly!

When: June 11, 2017

Start Time: 1:30 pm

           Where: Grays Ferry Stage

ODUNDE!

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The Odunde festival grew from an idea conceived by South Philadelphia resident Lois Fernandez and her friend Ruth Arthur following a visit to Nigeria, West Africa, in 1972. Her concept drew from African cultural heritage, specifically the Oshun Festival of the Yoruba people in Nigeria. The first event in 1975, which was initially called the Oshun Festival, was made possible by a small grant from Philadelphia’s Southwest Center City Community Council and the support of Fernandez’s neighbors. After a couple years, driven by the movement in the wake of the civil rights struggle, the festival received local as well as national attention.

 

To date, the annual festival attracts thousands of celebrants and more than one hundred vendors over the space of twelve city blocks.