Hofstra University held their annual Vibe Live concert this past Saturday.
There were acts such as KC and The Sunshine Band, Cobra Starship, Big Sean and Snoop D-O-Double G. As usual, Hofstra brought the entertainment and the crowd brought the energy, but there was a slight difference this year. Hofstra’s very own Hip Hop/African dance ensemble, IMANI, got to perform an eight-minute routine on the big stage. It was also Imani’s 40th anniversary, being founded in 1972.
In the past, the Vibe Live concert only allowed student performances from Hofstra’s dance or cheer team, but IMANI was asked to perform this year after their talents were clearly noticed in their winter blast concert last year. President of IMANI, Camille Cruz, says “performing in the Vibe Live Concert was a great honor for IMANI. The concert is such a big event and we were excited when we were asked to perform.”
As well as performing at Vibe Live, IMANI performs at numerous Hofstra events such as pep rallies, Black Student Union showcases and Hofstra’s Pride Network’s annual drag show. IMANI also holds their own events on campus such as Apollo Night, dance workshops and annual recitals.
If you’re wondering what IMANI stands for, it is Swahili for “faith” and the members of IMANI incorporate these values of faith into their organization. If anyone is interested in joining IMANI, President Camille Cruz says, “all you have to do is audition.”