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Who is Africano?

Africano is a native of North Carolina (USA). He is a world renowned dancer, spoken word poet, vocal percussionist and visionary. Africano has opened for artists such as Big Boi, Cornell West, Nikki Giovanni, Rakim, the Cold Crush Brothers and the Universal Zulu Nation's 41st Anniversary. He also performed with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in Chicago, and venues such as BAM Café in Brooklyn and the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. As an active member of his community, he believes in constructively using the arts as a vehicle to bridge the gap between cultures, nations and generations. In 2016, Africano debuted his choreographic and spoken word piece, "Walls to Heaven" at the Breakin' Convention in Charlotte, NC which explored his struggles of finding identity as a bi-racial teen. He is currently on tour, and has shared the culture of hip-hop dance teaching workshops in Trinidad & Tobago, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Kenya, Dubai, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Taiwan and served as a resident instructor at the Hinton Battle Dance Academy in Tokyo, Japan. Africano is a member of the international dance crew, Playboyz inc, who are at the forefront of pioneering Bay Area Strutting and Popping to the dance world. He continues to push the boundaries of theater, music and dance throughout the artistic community.