The traditional music plays and children, some dressed in Ethiopian costume, perform a traditional dance: Raising and lowering their shoulders to the beat.
Like millions of other children in the United States, these American-Ethiopians are at summer camp.
However, this one is about maintaining their connection with their roots abroad.
The camp, which is for about 35 children, is at the Ethiopian Community Centre.
It is in a regular office block on one of the main roads out of the US capital, Washington DC.
A 21-minute drive away is the grand venue where African heads of state and President Barak Obama are discussing US-Africa relations.
As the leaders try to negotiate a new phase of that relationship, the Ethiopian diaspora community is grappling with how it should relate to back home.