Emmy Sportifs Ayafor was born in the West African country of Cameroon. His career as a wood sculptor, Djembe drummer, traditional singer and juju dancer goes back to his experience as a young boy growing up in Africa.
Africa Tam-Tam was launched in Phoenix, Arizona on September 25, 2004 at the African Festival where Emmy's tribal drumming skills and folkloric ancestral dancers entertained the Phoenix audience present. To witness the event, click here (front page Arizona Republic September 29 2004 issue).
As founder and group leader of Africa Tam-Tam, Emmy brings skills in tribal drumming, singing, African drama, ancestral dancing and wood works of art that offers a different perspective to entertainment and cultural education in Phoenix. AFRICA TAM-TAM brings live traditional African entertainment in both public and private events. Emmy Ayafor's sculptures, songs, dancing, drama and drumming sometime depict his inner thoughts, artistic vision and the love for his culture.
At times the sculptures represent Africa folklore, proverb, kingdoms, dance, symbols, rituals, power and the role of law in a traditional African society. Some of Ayafor's most recent sculptures displays, lectures and performances include the following venues: The Glendale Foothills Public Library, Scottsdale Community College, Phoenix Arts Museum, Mountain Ridge High School, Human Rights 2004 Conference, Phoenix College, Lost Boys and Girls 2004 Conference, Somalia Association 2004 conference,2005 North West Black History Celebration, African Festival, Estrella Mountain community College, World Children's Relief 2005 Dinner of Hope, Phoenix Zoo, 2005 AZ Renaissance Festival, McKemy Middle School, Broadmor Elementary School, Caribbean Festival, The Garvin School of International Management, Akimel A-AL Middle School, Glendale College and Arizona State University.
AFRICA TAM-TAM has been selected for the Arizona Commission on the Arts' Residency Roster. Emmy Ayafor is currently teaching West African Dance at Arizona State University.