Looking to thrill audiences with an exciting mix of authentic West African and Afro-Cuban dance? Look no further than Kùlú Mèlé, African Dance and Drum Ensemble!


Known for high-energy performances that leave audiences cheering for more, Kùlú Mèlé has graced the stages of major venues from New York to Guinea and throughout the African Diaspora, distinguishing itself with beautiful costumes, a thrilling percussion battery and dynamic choreography. A variety of programs, at home on your mainstage, festival or school include:


  • Mali Sadjo: The Legend of the Hippopotamus – A tale of love and redemption between a man, a woman and nature, with dynamic choreography, drumming and costumes accentuate this moving folkloric African ballet set in the mythical village of Bafulabe. 

  • Sacred Journeys: An uplifting celebration of faith and the human spirit, with each dance conveying the characteristics of the orishas, or deities, as well as the challenges and everyday events that require their guidance or intervention. 

  • Repertory Performances: Kùlú Mèlé’s extensive repertoire of West-African based sacred and celebratory dances include traditional, folkloric dances from Cuba, Guinea, Nigeria, Ghana and the Senegambia regions. Performances may include audience participation. 

Founded in 1969 by Baba Robert Crowder and now continued by his family, Kùlú Mèlé has been honored with numerous prestigious awards, including Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Apprenticeships, Leeway Foundation Fellowship and Independence Foundation Fellowing. Funding may be available to support engagements within certain regions.