Ribbon Rouge Presents: SANGEA


SANGEA is back at Ribbon Rouge for another fun filled year and will be presenting again at this year’s Gala!  Below is our quick chat with them and some information on how they grove out to the beat!

Most of the rhythms and songs SANGEA plays are from West Africa. This group has members from both the Latin and African community. The African and Latin culture are very similar and because of our similarities and a few little differences, when combined, they have a great connection. Like the Latin culture, the African culture has rhythm in every movement. There is rhythm in the way we walk, speak, work and everything else we do.


The human body was made to move and create. The SANGEA African performance group take this idea literally and consistently create wonderful and energetic experiences for their audiences. This dance and performance group has been performing together for about three years with many of its members having performed on their own for many more years. Their union now creates an excellent performance that will get you up and moving. SANGEA is passionate about sharing and celebrating the beauty of Africa and African culture.










What They Stand for!

SANGEA is defiantly interested about being involved in the community. They are supporters of many causes such as Breast Health and Action for Healthy Communities.  You can also find them performing at community events and festivals such as Peace Day, Latin Festival, Africa Day Festival in Calgary, Cari West Festival, Corn Festival, Heritage Festival. SANGEA also perform for the Teachers Association (via Safe and Caring communities), weddin  gs, and parties. They are excited to spread positivity and African culture wherever they go.  SANGEA is also an award winning group being recognized as the Fil Fraser Award 2015, for Outstanding Performance, winner of the Afro Canadian Heros, Artist of the year 2014, and also the winner of the 2013 and 2014 Excellent Community Initiative Group Award by Action for Healthy Communities.

 Their Advice!

SANGEA gives some sound advice for anyone in every situation who have goals or want to make a change:

“…persevere,  work hard and never lose sight of what you are doing. Always surround yourself with positive people.” ~Reckie


About Ribbon Rouge!

 There is no doubt that SANGEA is excited to be part of Ribbon Rouge this year. Firstly, they are eager to help support a great cause (HIV awareness). The second reason is simply that they are passionate about being involved and contributing to the community.


Look out for SANGEA in and around the community.  They have a school named Sangea Academy that teaches, African Dance, African Drumming and their History. They also do workshops in schools, corporate events, summer camps and more!

The wonderful SANGEA performance group will be shaking it to the beat on Nov. 28th, 2015 at Ribbon Rouge in Edmonton! www.ribbonrouge.com.

And don’t forget to buy tickets for Ribbon Rouge 2015!  Tickets can be purchased online here.

Ribbon Rouge #8

When: November 28, 2015 Doors open at 6pm; Show at 7pm

Where: ATB Financial Arts Barns


Nine Years and Counting….

It is truly incredible that Ribbon Rouge is here in 2015. It has been 9 years of people from all sorts of walks of life coming together to make this idea a reality. This idea that art can be such a powerful tool in stirring emotion and igniting passions in us all to be better… to do more. And cheesy as it may sound, to remind us that we have a soul…to remind us to be the change we really want in our communities.

It is not a coincidence, that I have chosen to put together our annual installation of art during the 16 days of activism against gender violence from November 25th to December 10th. Gender based violence is a real epidemic in our world, and I believe it should be addressed as such. A public health concern that must be eradicated. To that end, we must shine a spotlight upon it, advocate against it and take action against it. Gender based violence is also an important determinant of the spread of HIV globally. To get to zero HIV, we must eliminate gender inequalities.

We must each spread the idea of an equitable state of being and play our parts.

This year we will have fun as always…lots of fun.

We will enjoy fine art from Ryan Postic, Tim Okamura and me. I have not drawn in 7 years (I can not believe it either, but life gets away from us sometimes), and so understandably, I am nervous about sharing these pieces.{Eeeeek! *laughing*}

We will listen to the very talented Sierra Jamerson’s politi-soul music, lust after our homegrown designer clothing then dance with DJ SQ …then with Mayito Rivera!

Sangea will dance for us and our STEP team will get our juices flowing…Our thoughts will be awakened to words spoken by Nasra Adem, and we will laugh at Rapid Fire Theatre’s improv performance…

This is the beauty of this particular show; it is a display of local artistes, artists, fashion designers, musicians all speaking with different voices the same message to immerse ourselves in the arts, and in so doing, get to Zero HIV. A simple message, that spreading ideas does in fact change the world.

We will have a tonne of fun!

…and in this way, we will be imbued with new ideas, thoughts, knowledge of powerful Queens, serious social justice issues, real resource needs.

Ribbon Rouge is maturing; we’ve gone from an annual student event to a full fledged Foundation with a vision and objectives; now we are at the horizon of becoming a Charity. The vision has always been to get to Zero HIV,  and we have many plans …many dreams. So, stay with us…Join us.

I am so very proud, to invite you to join us for our 8th Installation of Ribbon Rouge, as we walk steadily towards elimination of gender inequalities, closing resource gaps, getting to zero mother to child transmissions and Zero HIV globally.

To Zero,

Morenike Olaosebikan

President, Ribbon Rouge Foundation