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Chief Bokulaka at the Symposium on Social Equality

  • Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Blvd St Louis, MO, 63121 United States (map)

Chief Bokulaka will be a featured performer at the upcoming Symposium on Social Equality presented by JCI.  

The Symposium is free and open to the public. It takes place from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM, and Chief Bokulaka's performance will be between speakers from 11:30 AM to 11:50 AM.

African Musical Arts will also have a booth at the event where they will be selling items from the African Music Publishers (AMP Records) catalog, collect email addresses for our e-blasts, and be able to speak about our organization and programming.


ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM: This empowering event will unite local, regional, national and international leaders and experts and provide constructive conversation on how we can sustain social equality for all people. These important conversations and engaging discussions aim to empower active citizens and inspire community action to ensure human dignity for all.

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ABOUT CHIEF BOKULAKA: Chief Bokulaka is an accomplished world traveler, artist, storyteller, and performer. He shares the culture of Central Africa through dance, songs, and stories. Attendees will learn to dance vibrant Soukous dances and feel the pulse of drumming styles from Bokulaka’s home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Considered a master drummer, Chief Bokulaka began performing at age eight. His singing, dancing, and drumming skills were honed through years practice with his father, Ekofo Boyeka, the son of a long line of Griots of Mbandaka. For years Bokulaka performed and recorded with groups such as the National Ballet of Zaire, Franco, Kanda Bongo, Jimmy Cliff, Papa Wemba, Shaggy, Eykah Badu and his own group Eteko Bonyoma before being advised not to return to his native land by family members amid growing violence. He currently resides in St. Louis, where he maintains an active teaching and touring schedule.