ASI has been enthralling audiences worldwide since 1998! Our professional ensemble shares the amazing culture and history of Africa through dance, drum, storytelling, stilt walking and song. We are the only bi-coastal W. African Dance Company throughout the US.
We've performed for Grammy winning artist Youssou Ndour throughout West Africa, stars such as Debbie Allen, Martin Lawrence and Patti LaBelle as well as many universities and schools.
African Soul International is a premiere company, led by professional artists with a lineage of Master Artists and over 50 years of combined experience. Our organization caters to your specific needs and promises a memorable addition to your event!
The entertainment was wonderful
Brought a twist to the event
Engaging with the guest
Response from African Soul International:
Thank you Mrs. Cynthia! We had an amazing time with you and your family!
They were very professional, friendly and patient. Everyone enjoyed The performances and we will definitely work with the team again soon.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS GROUP
What to Expect
The amazing, pulsating rhythms of the drums- the vibrant, colorful syncopation of the dance- the harmonious melodies of the songs of Africa...this is what you can expect to see, feel and experience with African Soul International.
We feature: An Amazing Youth Ensemble, Up to 12 drummers, Our All-Women's Drum Core, up to 30 Dancers, Stitlwalkers, Fire Eaters Kora Players, Balafone Players, Singers, Storytellers and more!
Our passion for the arts is only matched by our focus on great customer service. We show up early and on time, guaranteeing all the experiences that were agreed upon and often surpassing all expectations.
Musical Director: Solo Soro is a native of the Ivory Coast. He has lived in the Los Angeles area for over 12 years, after a year international tour with the UniverSoul Circus. He now performs regularly throughout California, having served as the Musical Director of the International African Dance Conference at the Claremont Colleges, in November 2012. His work throughout Hollywood, has led him to television roles on "So You Think You Can Dance", "America's Got Talent" and more. His AMAZING musical talent leads our ensemble of 12 drummers to rhythmic perfection!
Our Founder: Adama Jewel Jackson is one of only 2 African-Americans that have been admitted into the Mandinka Music Society of The Gambia. She has studied with Ballets National Du Senegal, Ballets Africains, Ballets Merveilles, Ballet Joli and more from Senegal, Guinea, Liberia and the Ivory Coast. She has been named as a Master Artist by the National Endowment of the Arts and has received several Congressional Awards for her work in the arts, advocacy and Africa.
Adama Jewel, has been studying and performing West African Dance for over 22 years and maintains a tone of excellence through the arts that has brought her to expand the work of ASI from the East Coast to the West. She has traveled internationally 5 times, working with Master Artists from throughout West Africa.
From setting the opening for the "Lion King" at the Palace Theater in 2006 to performing at the Museum of Tolerance and the Claremont Colleges in the Los Angeles area, Adama Jewel Jackson has led a team of over 50 Master, Professional and Semi-professional artists in West African Dance, Music and Culture, creating unforgettable and exhilarating displays of colors, choreography and creativity.
Our Musical Director: Solo Soro is a native of the Ivory Coast. He has lived in the Los Angeles area for over 12 years, performing throughout Hollywood, the local school districts and professional venues and tours. His AMAZING musical talent has been seen for various television and live shows throughout California.
Let your special occasion be the one of a kind, memorable event that you've always dreamed of, African Soul can bring the fire, energy and joy of Africa, right where you are.
Our presentations can also feature audience participation, offering your guests the opportunity to get up and participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to release all their tensions and stress and jam to the African Drums.
We offer a myriad of variations to our programs, contact us so that we can develop a specialized program just for you and your event!
Additional Booking Notes
We have a full technical rider in accordance to the capabilities of the respective venue. Our riders are written for a Union House, but can be varied contingent upon the venue's specs. Please contact us with your layout and we will forward the respective tech rider, as well as hospitality.
Upcoming Booked Events
|April 14, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Fundraiser|
Past Booked Events
|July 08, 2017 • 8:00pm - 8:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|September 15, 2016 • 6:00pm - 6:15pm||Nonprofit Event|
|August 25, 2013||Other|
|April 13, 2013||Festival|
|Adama Jewel Jackson, M. Ed||Director|
|Master Drummer Solo Soro||Musical Director|
Influences & Inspiration
Ballets National du Senegal
The Mandinka Music Society
Dr. Chuck Davis and the African-American Dance Theater
The Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago.
The Kankouran West African Dance Company of Washington, DC.
The Maimouna Keita Company of NYC.
Alvin Ailey of NYC.