KIBIBI AJANKU


Kibibi Ajanku is an accomplished dancer, griot, choreographer  and percussionist. She is in love with art. Her passion embodies the traditions of African movement… and music… and folklore. She brings a soft, flowing nuance to the pulsating tribal movement and rhythms of Africa through her dance and is lauded for her approach to traditional Senegalese movement. She celebrates the beauty of women and the Diaspora of African music through song and percussion as the originator of the Ebe Yiye Shekere Ensemble and the Sankofa Women’s Drum Ensemble.  Kibibi creates magic on stage with her charismatic movements as she becomes overtaken by the spirit of ancestral dance and folklore. The spell-binding performances of Kibibi Ajanku have been enjoyed by audiences in the Baltimore/Washington area premier locations to include:  The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institute, The Kennedy Center, The Great Blacks in Wax Museum, The Meyerhof Symphony Hall, The Lyric Opera House, The Lincoln Theater, The Baltimore and the Washington, DC Convention Centers, as well as, numerous smaller theaters, schools, churches, colleges, and universities.  Performances and workshops have carried her to cities and towns across the United States, the Caribbean Islands, Europe, and to the African “Motherland” itself.

Kibibi Ajanku is the Founding Mother of the celebrated Sankofa Dance Theater. The Company has been in active and joyous existence for over two decades and is a Baltimore-based institution established to promote authentic African art forms.  Sankofa Dance Theater creates and presents world-class, authentic African art in the form of dance, music, and folkways for national and international audiences. The work of the Company is rooted in the definition of the word “Sankofa” which means to learn from the past in an effort to build for the future.  Sankofa Dance Theater reaches back into the rich legacy of African culture and history to move forward into greater intercultural awareness for the global community. Sankofa Dance Theater transports audiences to ancient villages by presenting exciting performances which combine ancestral rhythms and heritage through dance, music, storytelling and audience participation.