Welcome

Harambee Institute is a non profit organization that promotes personal and social development through experience in the cultural arts.

The Harambee Institute organization is located in the City of St. Louis, State of Missouri and was established in 1994. Its organizers have been involved in African-centered cultural activities presented to audiences in a variety of settings since 1977.

Harambee offer diverse active arts' programs to the community and at off-site locations throughout the St. Louis's area. Highlighting dance, storytelling, jewelry-craft and traditional West African drum instructions.

Harambee Institute's goal is to provide a valuable learning experience to youth and their families; an avenue for expression through the arts; increase self-esteem and to instill ethnic and cultural awareness.

Kenya Ajanaku with audience

Who is Kenya Ajanaku?

Kenya Ajanaku is founder and Executive Director of Harambee Institute. Kenya is also a nationally known drummer and storyteller whose talents have captivated his audiences for over 26 years. His signature program, "Rhythms and Folklore of Africa," is a unique combination of storytelling, drumming, and dance.

What is Harambee?

Harambee is a Kenyan tradition of community self-help events, eg. fundraising or community development activities. Harambee is also the official motto of Kenya and appears on its coat of arms. more >>

African Drumming

Kenya Ajanaku Drumming