BAM DanceAfrica Festival 2021 Recommended Reading List

“The future and spirit of DanceAfrica, in person or virtual, lives within audiences and communities of the world.”—Artistic Director Baba Abdel R. Salaam

The nation’s largest festival of African dance pays homage to the ancestral energy of Haiti with the theme Vwa zanset yo: y’ap pale, n’ap danse!, in Haitian Creole, or “Ancestral voices: they speak… we dance!” A virtual program of dance premieres draws inspiration from the lwa, spirits of Haitian Vodou, and brings together a community from near and far. DanceAfrica Artistic Director Baba Abdel R. Salaam commissioned pieces by HaitiDansco in Cap Haitien, Haiti, Rara Tou Limen Haitian Dance Company in Oakland, Àṣẹ Dance Theatre Collective in Brooklyn, and Fritzation in Brooklyn. Including a virtual Libation ceremony and Procession of the Council of Elders that crosses the country, this unprecedented DanceAfrica performance stretches from coast to coast to coast.

Join BAM throughout the month for a vibrant virtual festival featuring dance classes, FilmAfrica, a digital DanceAfrica Bazaar, and more. They'll also be looking to add live elements as it becomes safe to do so. But one thing is certain: in its 44th year honoring the incredible diversity of cultures of Africa and its diaspora, DanceAfrica is still going strong.

Click HERE to shop Dance-Africa T-shirt designs, available exclusively from Greenlight!

Check out the Brooklyn Academy of Music's DanceAfrica homepage HERE.

Below is a list of recommended books to accompany this year's DanceAfrica festival, curated by Greenlight Bookstore. Books are available for pickup or direct-to-home shipping. 


 

The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780679724674
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Vintage - October 23rd, 1989

Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061695131
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Amistad - December 30th, 2008

Everything Inside: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525563051
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Vintage - July 7th, 2020

Breath, Eyes, Memory Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781616955021
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Soho Press - February 24th, 2015

Hadriana in All My Dreams Cover Image
By René Depestre, Edwidge Danticat (Foreword by), Kaiama L. Glover (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781617755330
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Akashic Books - May 2nd, 2017

The Haitians: A Decolonial History Cover Image
By Jean Casimir, Laurent DuBois (Translator), Walter D. Mignolo (Foreword by)
$34.95
ISBN: 9781469660486
Availability: Backordered
Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 19th, 2020

Haiti Noir (Akashic Noir) Cover Image
By Edwidge Danticat (Editor), Madison Smartt Bell (Contribution by), Marie Lily Cerat (Contribution by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781936070657
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Akashic Books - December 7th, 2010

Dance on the Volcano Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780914671572
Availability: Not In Store / Available To Order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: Archipelago - January 10th, 2017

I Am Not Your Negro: A Companion Edition to the Documentary Film Directed by Raoul Peck (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780525434696
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Vintage - February 7th, 2017

Everyone's Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9780062984517
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Harper Wave - May 11th, 2021

The Haiti Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Latin America Readers) Cover Image
By Laurent DuBois (Editor)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781478006770
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Duke University Press - January 20th, 2020

Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage: Haiti Cover Image
By Kehinde Wiley (Artist), Cynthia Oliver (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Mike Rogge (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
Email orders@greenlightbookstore.com for information about this item.
ISBN: 9780991488926
Availability: Not In Store / May Not Be Available To Order (email orders@greenlightbookstore.com for details)
Published: Roberts & Tilton - May 26th, 2015

Freedom Soup Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763689773
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Candlewick - December 10th, 2019

My Day with the Panye Cover Image
By Tami Charles, Sara Palacios (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763697495
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Candlewick - March 16th, 2021

Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings Cover Image
By Francie LaTour, Ken Daley Daley (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781773060415
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Groundwood Books - October 2nd, 2018

The Year I Flew Away Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358272755
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Versify - February 2nd, 2021

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781335910028
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Inkyard Press - December 1st, 2020

I Want to Ride the Tap Tap Cover Image
By Danielle Joseph, Olivier Ganthier (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374312145
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - December 29th, 2020

American Street Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062473059
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Balzer + Bray - May 1st, 2018

Charming as a Verb Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062824141
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 13th, 2020

Urban Bush Women: Twenty Years of African American Dance Theater, Community Engagement, and Working It Out (Studies in Dance History) Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780299235543
Availability: Not In Store / Available To Order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - July 8th, 2010

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781476737997
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Touchstone - December 16th, 2014

Dance We Do: A Poet Explores Black Dance Cover Image
By Ntozake Shange, Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Foreword by), Reneé L. Charlow (Afterword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780807091876
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Beacon Press - October 13th, 2020

Firebird Cover Image
By Misty Copeland, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399166150
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2014

Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American Childhood Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780375870880
Availability: Not In Store / Available To Order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: Schwartz & Wade - January 10th, 2017

The Twelve Dancing Princesses Cover Image
By Rachel Isadora, Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780142414507
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Puffin Books - November 12th, 2009

Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora Cover Image
$36.95
ISBN: 9780190264871
Availability: Not In Store / Available To Order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 20th, 2017

Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781455501373
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 12th, 2015

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984801197
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Published: Random House - March 30th, 2021

Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul?: Essays Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781631496486
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Published: Liveright - March 30th, 2021

Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780063078499
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Published: William Morrow - April 13th, 2021

Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780674052819
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Published: Belknap Press - February 23rd, 2021

Black Futures Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780399181139
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Published: One World - December 1st, 2020

Just as I Am: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062931061
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - January 26th, 2021

African Myths and Folk Tales (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) Cover Image
$5.00
ISBN: 9780486477343
Availability: Not In Store / Available To Order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: Dover Publications - January 1st, 2010

Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780813056616
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: University Press of Florida - March 6th, 2018