KowTeff is Brooklyn’s leading community based African Diaspora folkloric arts institution. Since 1991, the company has used arts to empower people of African descent through education and entertainment. The name KowTeff, which means “coming from above” in Senegal’s Wolof language, fully describes the company’s powerful and diverse arts presentations. KowTeff trains the over twenty member group of dancers, drummers, singers, actors, storytellers, and stilt walkers in a wide variety of African, American and Caribbean folk traditions. For KowTeff, the arts are a tool for healing the community and keeping the values, principles, and customs of African traditions alive.
Under the artistic direction of Sewaa Codrington, KowTeff executes diverse folkloric components of the African Diaspora.
Our mission is to preserve and perpetuate the diverse folklore of African peoples through quality education and entertainment.
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. ~ Marcus Garvey.