KambiGathesha New York Life Undergraduate Scholar, 2008-2009
Kambi Gathesha, an anthropology major at CCNY., is originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Kambi spent most of his youth with his time divided between Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Through his cross-cultural background Kambi has been exposed to the ideologies of individuals across the world. He arrived in the United States justbefore September 11, 2001, to study drama and dance. In its aftermath, he became not just a student of the arts, but also a student of the city. His growing awareness of the dissatisfaction Africans have with the portrayal of their history and culture prompted Kambi to explore who black people really are worldwide and understand the role he can play in their struggles for freedom. His particular areas of interest include the African roots of all forms of dance, the connections between African dance and Black American dance, social construction of the reasons for creative movement, Pan-Africanism, and Africa’s place in human history.
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