Untermyer Performing Arts opened its 2019 World Fest on a June evening that could not have been more beautiful. The evening opened with master djembe player Arthur Lord leading the audience in “Funga Alfia”, a traditional West African welcome song. Some of the audience took the stage to learn the moves and then Arthur jumped off the stage into the audience, where he was joined by spontaneous dancers.
The 2019 Yonkers Idol contestants performed 3 numbers from their April Disney-themed show, and each contestant treated us to a solo song. Winners Amanda Gentile and Ada Victoria Israel sang a song from their winning performances, plus an additional number.
The evening finished with a rousing performance by the White Plains High School Mariachi Band, which has received state-wide recognition for its infectious, delightful renditions of traditional Mexican music.
Arthur Lord, Djembe Master Teacher
Arthur Lord Leads Audience Members in African Dancing