Elegba Folklore Society

Elegba Folklore Society, Richmond: Address, Phone Number, Elegba Folklore Society Reviews: 4/5

Elegba Folklore Society
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The Delfonics at 25th Annual Down Home Family Reunion - WOW!
Aug 2015
We purchased VIP tickets ($30) because the Delfonics were playing and we could meet them. We arrived at 4pm, we sat at the front of the stage, we were given some food and a drink, which were nice. There were a few stalls with clothes, accessories I must say that Designs by Ms Rita was a lovely stall with beautiful fans, copper jewellery and lovely hospitality - we bought some items. We liked the snap back stall, the Rasta stalls and the Senegalese stall. The atmosphere was lovely, really welcoming. The only downside was there was only one food stall, which left a lot to be desired (burnt corn dogs). There were amazing musicians a guest musician from Benin Jah Baba who was brilliant, inspiring and should have been allowed to play for an hour longer. The host has an interesting narrator style to say the least. The Elegba Folkloric dancers and musicians were also electrifying - mesmerizing. Lady E came on and killed it with a 6 year old Blues singer who just had "the blues". We had a blast and I must say it made up for last year. The crowd and Elegba staff were warm and welcoming. The slight downside was they kept letting people into the Gold Circle VIP area so it became overcrowded to the point where your view was being obscured after spending all day in a prime spot. There should be some sort of limit or balance to how many people are let in. (We understood that the funds are needed but to obstruct the views of your advance payers especially after being there all day is irritating). Overall it was an fantastic night. My mother-in-law decided she was coming back next year before the night ended. I actually lost my voice from cheering. Please have more food stalls that would help. The people on the other stalls were so nice and helpful and the book stall - books for $5 provided me with a really nice gift. This Down Home Family Reunion has a special message and should be celebrated countrywide. Thank you Elegba you left us feeling wanted, we felt we belonged and we had a darn good time.
Drumming good but...
Aug 2014
I found out information about this place on line before we arrived in the US. I called them the day after we arrived and spoke to a lady who did not call me back as promised but gave me information about the drumming class on Saturday. We arrived mother-in-law and daughter to quite a frosty reception from the person at the desk. We then met the woman I had spoken to, who was not rude but rather cold in tone and set about selling the idea of VIP tickets to the Family reunion event that weekend, I had said I had printed off some free tickets already for the family reunion and I joked that she was a good sales woman and that went down like a lead balloon.The drummer was there drumming the whole time, we signed up for the class we called up for $7 each and signed the waiver forms. Again the lady at the desk was just not very welcoming, my mother-in-law who was about the same age found her rude and I have to agree. The drummer asked the lady I spoke to how long the class should be for and was told no longer than half an hour,right in front of us. Now considering we were the only people there for the drumming, we'd called twice and were eager this seemed to be a bit mean. We wanted to go on the Trail with them but was told they do not do it for groups of 3, and due to the event on the weekend they could not accommodate coordinating our group with another group who'd called in. So I would recommend you call ahead and provide times that you can attend if you want to do the Trail. On the positive side the drumming class was fun and we did learn to make some sort of musical beats and learnt some valuable information about the historical nature of the drums and the people that made this particular African drumming open to the world. Then a girl came from the back and started trying on a handmade dress from Ghana, the drumming teacher was completely distracted and staring at her, he complemented the fit as did we then instead of having us play together all the things we'd learnt he just said its time and stopped the class before asking us a few review questions about drumming and the history. It was fun but it felt disappointing in so many ways. There was no unified ending considering he had spent the whole time telling us we play together, we tell the story together and although fun it felt like an abrupt ending. We looked over the art work and the artist was there sitting on the sofa she was not really attentive and carried on talking to the lovely girl in her new African dress, I mean if I was an artist hoping to expose my work to others, I would have stood up and shown my work or explained how it came about, basically just shown some interest, especially since the lovely new dress girl was not going anywhere, I mean we may have bought a piece but there was little to no interest in showing us her work. The most friendly person was a little girl I got talking to who showed me some beautiful handmade postcards just as I was leaving and brought me and the family back into the shop. She was lovely and welcoming. I do not like giving this place which I think is a very valuable asset to Richmond this type of review but it is the truth, a tad more customer service rapport would go a long way in making the place more welcoming. When my daughter and I stayed in the Linden around the corner, she did not want to go back to the shop, that is a shame as I am always trying to encourage her knowledge of the African Diaspora. The cultural celebratory nature that the website showed was not reflected on our visit to the space. I will try again when I am next in Richmond, but it was a bit sad the way we were left to feel. Saying that the Family Home Reunion they put on at the weekend was welcoming, fun and exciting and I am glad I still took my daughter to show her what a real celebration of all things African/African American could be fun. The drumming, dancing, food and general atmosphere was great and the Elegba Folkloric Society put on a good show and festival. So don't discount them and maybe it was just an off day?

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Bee B
London, UK75 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
We purchased VIP tickets ($30) because the Delfonics were playing and we could meet them. We arrived at 4pm, we sat at the front of the stage, we were given some food and a drink, which were nice. There were a few stalls with clothes, accessories I must say that Designs by Ms Rita was a lovely stall with beautiful fans, copper jewellery and lovely hospitality - we bought some items. We liked the snap back stall, the Rasta stalls and the Senegalese stall. The atmosphere was lovely, really welcoming. The only downside was there was only one food stall, which left a lot to be desired (burnt corn dogs). There were amazing musicians a guest musician from Benin Jah Baba who was brilliant, inspiring and should have been allowed to play for an hour longer. The host has an interesting narrator style to say the least. The Elegba Folkloric dancers and musicians were also electrifying - mesmerizing. Lady E came on and killed it with a 6 year old Blues singer who just had "the blues". We had a blast and I must say it made up for last year. The crowd and Elegba staff were warm and welcoming. The slight downside was they kept letting people into the Gold Circle VIP area so it became overcrowded to the point where your view was being obscured after spending all day in a prime spot. There should be some sort of limit or balance to how many people are let in. (We understood that the funds are needed but to obstruct the views of your advance payers especially after being there all day is irritating). Overall it was an fantastic night. My mother-in-law decided she was coming back next year before the night ended. I actually lost my voice from cheering. Please have more food stalls that would help. The people on the other stalls were so nice and helpful and the book stall - books for $5 provided me with a really nice gift. This Down Home Family Reunion has a special message and should be celebrated countrywide. Thank you Elegba you left us feeling wanted, we felt we belonged and we had a darn good time.
Written August 28, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Bee B
London, UK75 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
I found out information about this place on line before we arrived in the US. I called them the day after we arrived and spoke to a lady who did not call me back as promised but gave me information about the drumming class on Saturday.

We arrived mother-in-law and daughter to quite a frosty reception from the person at the desk. We then met the woman I had spoken to, who was not rude but rather cold in tone and set about selling the idea of VIP tickets to the Family reunion event that weekend, I had said I had printed off some free tickets already for the family reunion and I joked that she was a good sales woman and that went down like a lead balloon.The drummer was there drumming the whole time, we signed up for the class we called up for $7 each and signed the waiver forms. Again the lady at the desk was just not very welcoming, my mother-in-law who was about the same age found her rude and I have to agree. The drummer asked the lady I spoke to how long the class should be for and was told no longer than half an hour,right in front of us. Now considering we were the only people there for the drumming, we'd called twice and were eager this seemed to be a bit mean. We wanted to go on the Trail with them but was told they do not do it for groups of 3, and due to the event on the weekend they could not accommodate coordinating our group with another group who'd called in. So I would recommend you call ahead and provide times that you can attend if you want to do the Trail.

On the positive side the drumming class was fun and we did learn to make some sort of musical beats and learnt some valuable information about the historical nature of the drums and the people that made this particular African drumming open to the world. Then a girl came from the back and started trying on a handmade dress from Ghana, the drumming teacher was completely distracted and staring at her, he complemented the fit as did we then instead of having us play together all the things we'd learnt he just said its time and stopped the class before asking us a few review questions about drumming and the history. It was fun but it felt disappointing in so many ways. There was no unified ending considering he had spent the whole time telling us we play together, we tell the story together and although fun it felt like an abrupt ending.

We looked over the art work and the artist was there sitting on the sofa she was not really attentive and carried on talking to the lovely girl in her new African dress, I mean if I was an artist hoping to expose my work to others, I would have stood up and shown my work or explained how it came about, basically just shown some interest, especially since the lovely new dress girl was not going anywhere, I mean we may have bought a piece but there was little to no interest in showing us her work.

The most friendly person was a little girl I got talking to who showed me some beautiful handmade postcards just as I was leaving and brought me and the family back into the shop. She was lovely and welcoming. I do not like giving this place which I think is a very valuable asset to Richmond this type of review but it is the truth, a tad more customer service rapport would go a long way in making the place more welcoming. When my daughter and I stayed in the Linden around the corner, she did not want to go back to the shop, that is a shame as I am always trying to encourage her knowledge of the African Diaspora. The cultural celebratory nature that the website showed was not reflected on our visit to the space. I will try again when I am next in Richmond, but it was a bit sad the way we were left to feel.

Saying that the Family Home Reunion they put on at the weekend was welcoming, fun and exciting and I am glad I still took my daughter to show her what a real celebration of all things African/African American could be fun. The drumming, dancing, food and general atmosphere was great and the Elegba Folkloric Society put on a good show and festival. So don't discount them and maybe it was just an off day?
Written August 28, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

teacherjan
Central Point, OR45 contributions
Apr 2012 • Business
Having experienced the Society's slave trail expedition two years ago, I brought my eighth graders from California to experience it. All of them found that it was a meaningful even and had a better appreciation of the experience of enslaved peoples in early America.
Written April 27, 2012
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Jeanette524
Bridgeport, CT318 contributions
Oct 2011 • Friends
Wonderful spot for artistic, soulful and delightful entertainment as well as networking. This is a place where not only art can be exhibited, but it is a place where 'art takes place!" It may be presented on the walls through paint, sculpture, etc. or on the floor with dance and drumming! Find out what they're presenting and plan to be a part of it!
Written November 15, 2011
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