Afriky Lolo

West African Dance Compnay


Afriky Lolo has been performing since 2003. The Company has 75 dancers — ranging in age from 6 to over 60 and 8 drummers. Afriky Lolo, meaning African Star, performs traditional West African dance at community events throughout the year. The Company’s annual performance is its largest event each year.

Afriky Lolo performances are choreographed, staged, costumed, and directed by Diádié Bathily. These performances reflect the rich culture of West Africa, and each dance performed by Afriky Lolo is enhanced by traditional West African costumes. Costuming is a very important aspect of traditional West African dance. Bathily travels frequently to the Cote d’Ivoire and Mali in order to obtain authentic West African cloth, beads, and masks for the costumes worn by the dancers and drummers. All costumes are sewn by Bathily and/or specialists in West Africa.


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  • Afriky Lolo performing at the Drummer Boy 2011 – Dec 22
  • Afriky Lolo performing at the Drummer Boy 2011- Dec 23
  • Afriky Lolo and St. louis Art Museum celebrate Kwanzaa
  • Afriky Lolo New Year’s Eve performance downtown
  • Afriky Lolo performs, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, March 10, 2012
  • Afriky Lolo performs to Dance Africa, Denver, CO. May 18 – 20, 2012
  • Afriky Lolo’s children perfromance / Conway elementary school / St. Louis MO.
  • Afriky Lolo performs, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL. February 21, 2012
  • Afriky Lolo performs at Lewis & Clark Community College, Godfrey IL. April 26, 2012
  • Afriky Lolo performs for Black History Month at Saint Louis University
  • “The Mask” Afriky Lolo performs at Florissant Valley Community College, STL
  • Afriky Lolo performs at Florida State University in Tallahassee, March 23, 2012
  • A Celebration of African Masks and Dance trough display, April 7, 2012
  • “The Spirits Speak” Afriky Lolo performs at Regional Arts Commission, June 29 & 30, 2012
  • Afriky Lolo presents their 9th African Dance Celebration in St. Louis MO. June 3, 2012 at COCA
  • The Drum, June 29 & 30 at 8 p.m. Regional Arts Commission
  • Afriky Lolo performing / National Dance Week, Sat., April 23, 2016
  • Uganda Kids Choir & Afriky Lolo – Sept. 30, 2017
  • 11th Annual Emerson SPRING TO DANCE Festival – May 25 & 26, 2018
  • 15th Annual Dance Celebration – June 9, 2018
  • Afriky Lolo 15th African Dance Celebration June 9, 2018 COCA
  • Afriky Lolo 16th African Dance Celebration June 9, 2019 at The Grandel
  • Soleil du Coeur – West African Dance Performance
  • Mogo Ya – West African Dance Celebration
  • Afriky Lolo Children’s Performance
  • Afriky Lolo at Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel
  • SUNDIATA, The King of Mali
  • Afriky Lolo & St. Louis County Library’s Black History Month – 1
  • Afriky Lolo First Night at Godfrey
  • Afriky Lolo at Crest view Senior Living Complex
  • Afriky Lolo performance in D.C.!
  • African Nights
  • Afriky Lolo’s Annual Dance Celebration
  • Dji Djugu (Dangerous River) – Mother’s Day Show