We create performance opportunities
We offer an alternative form of artistic expression through our performance of African traditional, popular, and art music facilitating the exposure to new music from Africa. We do this to strengthen our multicultural community. With just the desire to want to learn, we create performance opportunities for aspiring musicians, dancers and other performing groups. By so doing we also provide opportunities for artists to expand and diversify their audience.
The company literally transforms every performance arena into a vibrant African village and incorporates the audience in the dancing and singing.
New York African Chorus Ensemble’s concert series begins in January and ends in December; honoring the yearly birthday celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. organized by Our Lady of Lourdes and Back History Month. Other performances include Calaloo Roots with the late Nori NkeAka @ St. Gregory's Cathedral Brooklyn, NY. Yet Still We Rise: a celebration of African Music in the Diaspora, @ Our Lady of Lourdes NY. Techniques Dance And Cultural Arts Fundraising Concert, New York NY. Life Changing Ministries' 1st. Year Anniversary, Brooklyn NY. Powerhouse of God Ministries' 11th Anniversary Concert, New York NY, Columbia Hospital Department of Family Medicine Black History Celebration, New York NY. Church Alive Community Church HIV/AIDS Awareness Gospel Concert, New York NY. Sweet Sixteen Celebration @ Our Lady of Lourdes, New York NY. The 24th Bronx Church Day Gospel Concert & Festival, Bronx NY. St. Peters Church in Chelsea, New York, NY. Christmas Concert, Shades of Our Spirit @ Amarachi Lounge, Brooklyn, NY. Jo-Lee Dance Studio Gala, New York, NY. Carl's Place Brooklyn New York. A Lecture Demonstration/Concert Featuring Chief Oyelami From Nigeria @ Sister' Uptown Bookshop NY. 1st Annual SACIDS Humanitarian Awards Gala and Reception @ The Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture, New York, The musical, "Iwa Pele" at Our Lady of Lourdes, NY. 122nd. Street Block Association Street Fair, NY. 2nd Annual Sister's Uptown Book and Street Festival , NY. Kwanzaa Extravaganza at Amarachi Lounge, Brooklyn NY, KidZone @ Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York .Community Works New York, NY. Hostos Community College, Bronx, NY. End of Year Concert @ Philip De Souza Middle School, Bronx, NY. Natural History Museum. Good Morning America. Black Entrtainment Television (BET) NYC Multicultural Festival, and numerous other occasions and venues.
The following are actual statements of some of our members:
“NYACE performers seek to excite every heart it encounters through graceful, energy infused dances performed to the songs they sing. Encouraging people to express joy through songs and dance, the manifestation of love is at the cornerstone of this group's success. Their infectious, explosive energy has brought audiences to their feet.”
– Peter Thomas
a. We perform at hospitals and nursing homes. We believe an illness should not exclude anyone from viewing highly artistic presentations. We derive joy in knowing that we have replaced someone's pain with joy through our performance even if only but for one hour.
b. We provide the cultural music component to fundraising events especially those that are geared toward the raising of funds to alleviate the sufferings in Africa.
c. We perform at cultural events, schools, and anywhere we are invited to perform.
d. We present our annual concerts and festivals to members of our community. This enables the underserved to view highly artistic concerts fro free. At the same time, it gives people in our community the opportunity to take part in a professional artistic endeavor.
e. Let us make your wedding a memorable one. Performances are tailored to individual taste and budget.
The ensemble, which is composed of dedicated multiracial, and multicultural performers, demonstrates the power of music which can, and does, transcend all racial, ethnic, and religious barriers. Our performances celebrate LIFE; encourage HEALING, and foster UNITY in our communities. In addition to our annual concert , the annual NYC Multicultural Festival and other events we organize, past performances include:
Calaloo Roots with the late Nori NkeAka, Brooklyn, NY., Techniques Dance and Cultural Arts Fundraising Concert,NY., Life Changing Ministries' 1st. Year Anniversary Music Celebration, Brooklyn, NY., Powerhouse of God Ministries' 11th Anniversary Concert, New York, NY., Our Lady of Lourdes Celebration of Black History Month, New York, NY., Columbia Hospital Department of Family Medicine Black History Celebration, NY., Church Alive Community Church HIV/AIDS Awareness Gospel Concert, NY., 24th Bronx Church Day Gospel Concert & Festival, Bronx, NY., Amarachi Lounge Grand Opening Celebration, Brooklyn NY., Jo-Lee Dance Studio Gala, NY., Christmas Concert @ Amarachi, Brooklyn, NY., Carl's Place Brooklyn, NY., 1st Annual SACAIDS Humanitarian Award Gala & Reception, NY., 122nd Street Black Association Street Fair, NY., 2nd Annual Sister's Uptown Book & Street Festival, NY., Amarachi Kwanzaa Extravaganza, Brooklyn, NY., Heathee Kwanzaa Celebration, Bronx, NY., Bronx Lebanon BLSLC's Black History Month's Special, Bronx, NY., Our Lady of Lourdes Fundraising Gala Dinner & Concert, NY., Hostos University Holiday Special, Bronx, NY., Community Works Children’s Program, NY., Harvard University, Boston Mass, Kwanzaa celebrations at the Museum of Natural History, Fountain House, NY., NAACP 100th Year Anniversary, Holiday concert at the World Financial Center, Gala for Trickle Up at the Rainbow Room, Private event for Pepsi Co, Benefit Concert for the People of Haiti at the Nuyorican Café, 1st Annual Harlem Arts Alliance International Arts Event, Harlem For Japan Fundraiser, Sing for Hope community concert series, Tributes to the life of Nelson Mandela on Good Morning America and BET, NCA Tribute to Elizabeth Catlett at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, “Thank you from Japan” concert held at Apollo Theater and other performances at the Riverside Church, to name but a few.
Gloria A. - The words I would use to describe NYACE are dynamic, flowing, diverse, growing, wonderful. I have been a member of this organization from the very beginning. Lion King ain't got nothing on us!
Imani - I first joined the chorus because I was looking for a group that performed African or World music similar to the concept of Zap Mama. I like this organization because everyone is given the opportunity to learn how to sing, dance and play an instrument. I look forward to improving my voice and familiarizing myself with African melodies and rhythms.
Nunu - My initial reason for joining the organization was because I love to sing. Back home in South Africa I was a soloist and I led many singing groups. In this organization we learn many songs in different African languages, different dance movements and the differences and similarities in the various African cultures.
Aya - What I have gained since becoming a member of this organization is true human passion demonstrated by the members and audience at each concert. Tears come to my eyes when I see how we move our audience even though they may not understand the language of the songs we perform. What I hope to gain is higher quality.
Aki - I joined this organization two months ago and since then I have gained so much. I love what we are doing so much that I practice every day. Singing the songs lifts my spirit when I am down and tired.
Zailyone- I joined the choir because I enjoy singing. I love to hear the different harmonies when we sing. I have a passion for Africa and African music. By becoming a member of this organization I look forward to increasing my knowledge of African music.
Jen - I joined NYACE in order to sing with the organization and learn more about African composers.
James - I am an entertainer and this group gives me the opportunity to do what I do best. I am looking forward to learning so much more.
Read What Others Say
Mary Thomas - Encouraging people to express joy through song and dance, the manifestation of love is at the cornerstone of this group's success. Their infectious, explosive energy has brought audiences to their feet. If there is a secret in Harlem, New York African Chorus Ensemble Inc. is definitely it.
Prof. James Small - The New York African Chorus Ensemble Inc. is a refreshing expression of authentic African forms representing dance, music, and drama. The ensemble is an attempt at using metaphors to link the World to an understanding of African spiritual culture and history. They're a must see for anyone involved in experiencing Africa.
Rev. Lillian Gold - The voices of the Chorus are so rich and spirit filled. They really sing from their soul. The congregation was so deeply moved and inspired by the Chorus singing the songs of Africa. They had us all standing on our feet!
Columbia Hospital, Department of Family Medicine - We were all impressed by your group, and I hope that this is the beginning of a long term relationship between us.