This year marks the 16th anniversary for the young Brooklyn-based, Bessie Award-nominated dance company. The unique title of the new work, “Ghana: The Place Where the Chief Sleeps,” requires some explaining. “When people hear ‘Ghana,’ they think of the West African country,” said Williams. “That is correct, from a modern geography point of view, but ‘Ghana’ literally translates as ‘the place where the chief sleeps.’ So we want to go beyond what is commonly understood about Africa. We’ve designed the show as a haven for our community because we know that African drum and dance have healing properties. Via drum and dance, we’ll celebrate the rich culture of the Ghanaian Empire, yes, but the space is also going to be transformed as a place for community healing too.”

“Ghana: The Place Where the Chief Sleeps” will be at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in Manhattan, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at 7 p.m. for one show only. Lumumba Bandele (aka DJ Lumumba) will host this family friendly performance. For more information, visit www.AsaseYaaEnt.org.