From the bush of Africa, Napoleon, Joseph, Issac, Mosses and JJ Sabbah emerge. The African Showboyz hail from Binaba, a tiny village in the northeast region of Ghana, West Africa. This tribal quintet is a unique blend and remarkable experience of African drum, dance, magic and
adrenaline. In Binaba, the drum is a cultural symbol in child birthing, naming, marriage and funeral ceremonies, as well as festivities marking the planting and harvesting of crops. Dance is a story told. In Binaba, there is no electricity, nor an opportunity for education, but through sheer determination and an intense respect for humanity; the African Showboyz have bridged borders; mesmerizing and enchanting audiences throughout Africa, France, and Germany.
In 2003, the Sabbah brothers crossed the Atlantic to bring their message of peace and unity to a United States audience at the second annual Floydfest in Floyd, VA. Their youthful talent and magical displays ignited the energetic flow of the festival and ensured a repeat appearance. During their stay in 2004, in addition to Floydfest, the Showboyz toured the U.S. wowing audiences at festivals, churches and schools alike from Virginia to South Dakota and all places in between - at times accompanying Speech, (formally of Arrested Development), opening for Eek-a-Mouse and sharing the stage with Acoustic Syndicate. They have collaborated with Babatunde Olatunji, Femi Kuti, Alpha Blondy, Freddie Meiwey, Ras Kimono and others. The African Showboyz were also featured in Palm Pictures, 1GiantLeap, an extraordinary film document on world culture that was nominated for two Grammies.
When attending a Showboyz performance, prepare yourself for a world class raw-roots experience. From tribal drumming and dance to phenomenal glass eating and mystical fire twirling; from comic routines to “African Black Power” exhibits, these beautiful young African men entertain all ages with vibrant heart and soul, it’s contagious!