ARTISTS

Discover the amazing talents involved in this cultural adventure !

 

KWABO DANCING TEAM 

GRACIEUSE AMAH – Dancer & Creative Director    For over 10 years, Grace has worked as Event Manager, Curator, Intellectual Property Lawyer and Community Leader Activist in the entertainment industry. Specialised in performance, live and visual arts forms, Grace is herself a passionate dancer of salsa and African dances since the young age of 8. She has performed internationally in Australia and France and started to deliver weekly African dance workshops since 2002.

GRACIEUSE AMAH – Dancer & Creative Director

For over 10 years, Grace has worked as Event Manager, Curator, Intellectual Property Lawyer and Community Leader Activist in the entertainment industry. Specialised in performance, live and visual arts forms, Grace is herself a passionate dancer of salsa and African dances since the young age of 8. She has performed internationally in Australia and France and started to deliver weekly African dance workshops since 2002.

LUKAS ENCISO - Dancer    For over 10 years Lukas dedicated time to various latin, African and afro-latin dance styles. Beginning with latin dances like Cuban Salsa and Bachata before moving most of his attention to Afro-Latin and African dances such as Kizomba. Lukas is best known for his experience in Kizomba & Semba becoming one of the most certified and recognised instructors of Kizomba in the Australian scene.

LUKAS ENCISO - Dancer

For over 10 years Lukas dedicated time to various latin, African and afro-latin dance styles. Beginning with latin dances like Cuban Salsa and Bachata before moving most of his attention to Afro-Latin and African dances such as Kizomba. Lukas is best known for his experience in Kizomba & Semba becoming one of the most certified and recognised instructors of Kizomba in the Australian scene.

JAY PRETINHA LINDAJ - Dancer    Jay Pretinha Linda is an dynamic afro latin dancers born in Rwanda Africa but raised in Europe, dancing just for the pleasure for years until Australia set her deeper into it. She soon dived into shows and performances in Festivals interstate and local then started growing the dancing communities in various styles by teaching Kizomba/Semba Afro dances. Jay spreads her passion with energy and love, educationally but never to forget with fun !

JAY PRETINHA LINDAJ - Dancer

Jay Pretinha Linda is an dynamic afro latin dancers born in Rwanda Africa but raised in Europe, dancing just for the pleasure for years until Australia set her deeper into it. She soon dived into shows and performances in Festivals interstate and local then started growing the dancing communities in various styles by teaching Kizomba/Semba Afro dances. Jay spreads her passion with energy and love, educationally but never to forget with fun !

EADIE POCOCK - Dancer   Hailing from Melbourne, Eadie began dancing as a toddler and hasn't stopped since! Originally trained in classical styles of dance including Martha Graham technique, ballet and tap, Eadie went on to study musical theatre at NIDA, where she worked on many dance and music projects inside and outside the program. Hungry for something a little more edgy than classical dance and theatre, in early 2017 she took off to the Caribbean where she discovered her love of dancehall and Afrobeats and hasn't looked back. Having returned to Australia after living in Jamaica, Eadie has begun dancing with the Jungle City Crew and is getting acquainted Melbourne's fiery dancehall and Afrodance scene.

EADIE POCOCK - Dancer

Hailing from Melbourne, Eadie began dancing as a toddler and hasn't stopped since! Originally trained in classical styles of dance including Martha Graham technique, ballet and tap, Eadie went on to study musical theatre at NIDA, where she worked on many dance and music projects inside and outside the program. Hungry for something a little more edgy than classical dance and theatre, in early 2017 she took off to the Caribbean where she discovered her love of dancehall and Afrobeats and hasn't looked back. Having returned to Australia after living in Jamaica, Eadie has begun dancing with the Jungle City Crew and is getting acquainted Melbourne's fiery dancehall and Afrodance scene.

KWAME TOSUMA- Dancer    With a joyful energy and exemplary technique, Kwame Tosuma’s dance performances and workshops are known for both their both skillfulness and soul. Having performed throughout Ghana, Mali, Benin and South Africa and now living in Australia,Kwame is emerging as one of Australia’s most talented in the traditional and afro-contemporary dance forms. Like many of Ghana’s top dancers, Kwame began practicing his art on the street. Finding a passion for dance he was picked up and rigorously trained by the renowned Joe Mensah, (a well-respected Ghanaian dancer trainer) and later joined the Namo Ale Cultural Troupe, where he learned the intricacies of traditional Ghanaian dance.

KWAME TOSUMA- Dancer

With a joyful energy and exemplary technique, Kwame Tosuma’s dance performances and workshops are known for both their both skillfulness and soul.
Having performed throughout Ghana, Mali, Benin and South Africa and now living in Australia,Kwame is emerging as one of Australia’s most talented in the traditional and afro-contemporary dance forms. Like many of Ghana’s top dancers, Kwame began practicing his art on the street. Finding a passion for dance he was picked up and rigorously trained by the renowned Joe Mensah, (a well-respected Ghanaian dancer trainer) and later joined the Namo Ale Cultural Troupe, where he learned the intricacies of traditional Ghanaian dance.

LAM LAKIZ - Dancer   Lam is originally from the Congo – Brazzaville (Central Africa). Dance has been his passion for as long as he can remember, intrinsic to the culture and community he grew up in. Lam was dancing Soukous, Ndombolo and other of the traditional Congolese dances shortly almost as he learned to walk. In early adulthood he moved to Mozambique (South East Africa) where he developed a love for the partnered dance styles of Kizomba and Semba (styles originating from Angola and danced throughout many of the Palop countries).  Lam has travelled and performed as the choreographer and dancer for 'Afro Bongo Dance' (a Congolese band based in Melbourne), and as a teacher and guest instructor at festivals internationally. Lam subsequently founded African Soul, his own African Roots dance school, based in Melbourne. He specializes in teaching Soukous, Ndombolo, Kizomba, Semba, Afrobeats and traditional African dances.

LAM LAKIZ - Dancer

Lam is originally from the Congo – Brazzaville (Central Africa). Dance has been his passion for as long as he can remember, intrinsic to the culture and community he grew up in. Lam was dancing Soukous, Ndombolo and other of the traditional Congolese dances shortly almost as he learned to walk. In early adulthood he moved to Mozambique (South East Africa) where he developed a love for the partnered dance styles of Kizomba and Semba (styles originating from Angola and danced throughout many of the Palop countries).

Lam has travelled and performed as the choreographer and dancer for 'Afro Bongo Dance' (a Congolese band based in Melbourne), and as a teacher and guest instructor at festivals internationally. Lam subsequently founded African Soul, his own African Roots dance school, based in Melbourne. He specializes in teaching Soukous, Ndombolo, Kizomba, Semba, Afrobeats and traditional African dances.

 

KWABO DJ'S TEAM

Chris NG   For over 12 years & counting Chris NG has been one of the leaders of the vibrant & ever-changing Melbourne House scene. With a dedication to great music & the art of DJing Chris has gained a reputation for continually pushing new music, creating dance friendly environments & reaching out to a diverse music-loving community.

Chris NG

For over 12 years & counting Chris NG has been one of the leaders of the vibrant & ever-changing Melbourne House scene. With a dedication to great music & the art of DJing Chris has gained a reputation for continually pushing new music, creating dance friendly environments & reaching out to a diverse music-loving community.

DJ DAWN   DJ Dawn, has been igniting venues across Melbourne with her dj sets and brings to the dancefloor an infectious energy with her rhythmical afro beat infused house and funky style. She Dj’s Saturday’s on KissFm Australia between 4:30-6:30 with Mr Chris NG and you can catch her every second or third Saturday at Glamp cocktail bar located on the top floor of PolēPolē Bar+Kitchen, from 9pm-Close.

DJ DAWN

DJ Dawn, has been igniting venues across Melbourne with her dj sets and brings to the dancefloor an infectious energy with her rhythmical afro beat infused house and funky style. She Dj’s Saturday’s on KissFm Australia between 4:30-6:30 with Mr Chris NG and you can catch her every second or third Saturday at Glamp cocktail bar located on the top floor of PolēPolē Bar+Kitchen, from 9pm-Close.

DJ DATBOY   Datboy (Afrocan, PolePole) Introducing & straight out of Zimbabwean best known as DaTBoY behind the decks. He has blessed the Dj booths since an early age. With an aptitude for good sound, he has travelled most of southern Africa making crowds dance to the beat. Relocated & spent 15 years till 2013 in London, UK & enjoyed playing at parties all over. Moved to Melbourne in 2013 & has represented Afrocan since day 1. "Music has always been in my blood, I have tried to run away from it but I somehow get trapped back into it with even deeper & stronger emotions".

DJ DATBOY

Datboy (Afrocan, PolePole) Introducing & straight out of Zimbabwean best known as DaTBoY behind the decks. He has blessed the Dj booths since an early age. With an aptitude for good sound, he has travelled most of southern Africa making crowds dance to the beat. Relocated & spent 15 years till 2013 in London, UK & enjoyed playing at parties all over. Moved to Melbourne in 2013 & has represented Afrocan since day 1. "Music has always been in my blood, I have tried to run away from it but I somehow get trapped back into it with even deeper & stronger emotions".

COSTUME DESIGNER

 
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KWACHA LUKA

Designer Bio Kwacha Luka a confident Malawian born woman, came to Australia with her parents at a young age. Since then she has always been inspired by fashion . 
Kwacha having a vibrant, enthusiastic and witty personality, was not interested in being a normal student in school. Throughout her school years she showed her loud personality and was usually sketching clothing. As the years went by Kwacha continued to develop her passion for clothes into a fashion line called "Kwacha Fashionista". She also decided to teach herself sewing through watching Youtube videos.
Kwacha's clothes line shows a twist of Malawian and Australian designs. She uses a variety of inspiration from other fashion designers as well as what she sees around her. It is the dynamics of her passion, culture and personality that shows in her clothes line.

Website : 
http://kwachafashion.wixsite.com/khaf

 

PAINTER VISUAL ART

 
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CHRISTA MYRTHE

My name is Christa Myrthe, I am originally from Mauritius Island. In my 3 years in Australia I studied Psychology at Victoria University In Foostcray Park and worked with children of different age groups across Melbourne.  Art in general is an integral part of my life; painting, drawing and crafts are my passion. Art is also one of the reasons why I started a blog ‘afrocheets’ on natural hair on Instagram. The blog is dedicated to embrace the beauty of curly, kinky and coyly hair. I believe that these hair types are versatile for its texture and just like a canvas it gives the opportunity to create the most amazing masterpiece. In addition to the blog I also helped my sister Donna Myrthe to create her project called Creole Craftwhere we used African flags as an inspiration to do earrings. As an Island girl I love music and dance, therefore it was a pleasure to participate in Grace’sKwabo festival project.