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Share African culture at Pleasanton Library program this afternoon

Maasai songs, dance, storytelling part of 1 p.m. presentation

Experience the vitality of Africa as the Friends of the Sironka Maasai Dance Troupe perform at the Pleasanton Library at 1 p.m. today.

Clad in distinctive Maasai red, with beaded jewelry and head wear, the troupe will present traditional Maasai songs, dance and storytelling from Kenya in their native tongue.

Troupe founder and Fulbright Fellow Nicholas Sironka was born in the heartland of the Maasai region, in Kenya's Rift Valley. He currently lives in Spokane, Wash., where he started the Kenyan Arts & Culture Center and formed the dance troupe.

The co-sponsor of Saturday's visit is the Cheza Nami Foundation, which is named for the Swahili term for "play with me" -- its mission is to preserve and share the uniqueness of African culture.

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