EVENTS


F E L A R A M A 2017

LOS ANGELES

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A Tribute to F E L A K U T I
aka Abami Eda…
The Man – The Legend – The Beat!!!
celebrating the life of the G.O.A.T King and father of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti
Hosted by Sandra Izsadore + Duain Richmond
Mexico 68 + DJ Lentini + PAGES
Drumming Circle + More
Sun. Oct 15th 2017 Doors at 3pm

Los Globos
3040 Sunset Blved.
A day of celebration
The Man – The Legend – The Beat!!!
RSVP NOW for FREE Admission https://felarama.eventbrite.com
to celebrate the life of one of the world’s most Influential Musical & Cultural Icon from Africa.

This will be a great afro experience.


 

A TASTE OF BRAZIL IN SALVADOR – BAHIA JANUARY 20TH-FEBRUARY 5TH 2018

Brazilians & African’s on the bridge of togetherness in one of the most richest cultural city of the world. 12 nights with hotel and round trip included and etc!!!! Don’t miss your opportunity to learn with all incredible and well none teachers of Bahia, Guinea, Ivory Coast and more…Dance, Drum, Yoga, Museum Tour, Yemanjá Festival and beyond.

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Escola de Dança Fundação Cultural do Estado da BahiaSchool of Dance of the Cultural Foundation of Bahia

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Segunda/ Monday Terça/ Tuesday Quarta/ Wednesday Quinta/ Thursday Sexta/ Friday Sabado/ Saturday
22 Jan. 23 Jan. 24 Jan. 25 Jan. 26 Jan. 27 Jan.
1:00pm-1:50pm Arrival at Hotel Convento Do Carmo City Tour Full Day Lecture/Dance/Orixá Mestre King Percussion

Maracatú

Zé Ricardo

Yoga

Marina Magalhães

Visit to Ilê Aiyê
2:00pm-3:20pm Symbols & Movements of the Dances of the Orixás(Ogum)

Vera Passos

Afro Brazilian

Maracatú

Lino Amilton

Symbols & Movements of the Dances of the Orixás (Iabás)

Vera Passos

Visit to Ilê Aiyê
3:30pm-4:50pm Afro Brazilian

Dandha da Hora

Afro Brazilian

Samba Afro

Dandha da Hora

Percussion

Samba de Roda

Nei Sacramento

Shopping
5:00pm-6:20pm Afro Brazilian

Samba Reggae

Nildinha Fonseca

African Dance

Papson Sylla

African Dance

Papson Sylla

Shopping
Segunda/ Monday Terça/ Tuesday Quarta/ Wednesday Quinta/ Thursday Sexta/ Friday Sabado/ Saturday
29 Jan. 30 Jan. 31 Jan. 1 Feb. 2 Feb. 3 Feb.
10:00am-11:20am Percussion

Samba Reggae

Zé Ricardo

Yemanja Festival Full Day Tropical Paradise
11:30am-12:50pm Symbols & Movements of the Dances of the Orixás

Samba de Caboclo

Vera Passos

Tropical Paradise

A Taste of Brazil 2018 – Trip Information & Tentative Schedule

January 20 – February 5, 2018

Jan 20, Sat.​Flight: Los Angeles to Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
​Depart Los Angeles Airport at 20:30PM
​LA 601

Jan 22, Mon. ​Arrive Bahia Salvador Brazil
​Arrive Bahia Salvador at 00:15 AM
​(JJ 3771 GRU SSA)
Transfer to your 4-star Hotel Pestana Convento Do Carmo (400 Meters from the Pelourinho)
After breakfast, you can relax before meeting the staff of Da African Village for an orientation meeting.
Evening cultural Seminar with IIe Aiye founder Vovo and Mara Diakhate CEO of Da African Village.

Jan 23, Tues.​Early morning Yoga class.
Breakfast followed by a whole day City Tour of Salvador with lunch.

Jan 24, Wed. ​Dance & Drum class

Jan 25, Thurs. ​Dance & Drum class /
Evening Drum Class

Jan 26, Fri. ​Dance & Drum class /
Evening Drum Class

Jan 27, Sat.​Dance & Drum class

Jan 28, Sun.​Dance & Drum class

Jan 29, Mon. ​Dance & Drum class /
Evening Drum Class

Jan 30, Tues. ​Early morning Yoga.
Breakfast and departure for a whole day trip: visit to tropical island paradise, IIha Mar Grande.
Return Hotel

Jan 31, Wed. ​Dance & Drum class /
Evening Drum Class

Feb 01, Thurs. ​Dance & Drum class /
Evening Drum Class

Feb 02, Fri. ​Breakfast and all day YEMANJA Festival

Feb 03, Sat. ​Dance & Drum class

Feb 04, Sun. ​Departure: Bahia Salvador Brazil to Los Angeles California USA at 14:45pm
​JJ3773 SSA GRU

Feb 05, Mon. ​Arrive Los Angeles at 07:45 am LIM LAX

MORE IMPORTANT TRIP INFORMATION:

Price:
• Regular Package Price per person $ 3600 (2 adults based on double-occupancy )
• Regular Package Price for Single room $4200
• $500 Non-Refundable Now and a Final payment is Due on November 22, 2017
• Check payable to Da African Village; mail to the address:
9854 National Blvd #411 Los Angeles CA . 90034
• Seats are Limited; price is based on 20 people

Price Includes:
• Airfair Roundtrip from Los Angeles Bahia Salvador – Los Angeles.
• 4-star Hotel Pestana Convento Do Carmo with Breakfast
• Complementary Airport Assistance
• All visits and entrance Fees
• Extensive pre-Tour information & Itinerary,Transportation in A/C Motor coach
• Assistance of an English Speaking Tour Guide.

Does not include:
• Phone Calls, Laundry or Personal items; Tips

Visa:
Brazil requires visas for US Passport Holders and Permanent Residents; we will assist you with the visa process. NOTE: Your Passport must be valid at least until August 04 , 2018.

Medical:
Malaria Pills are highly recommended but please consult with your Doctor for the proper type of medication for you.

Security:
Homeland Security requires us to send them pertinent information before you travel. This is highly important. Therefore, we request a color copy of your passport picture page in advance.

Travel to and from Los Angeles:
For Visa and connection ticket and flight from your travel point to Los Angeles, please contact for assistance:
LIGIA WAIB
Senior Vice-President
Santini Tours Tropical Travel (dba Santours)
510-652-8600 800-769-9669


DA AFRICAN VILLAGE PRESENT A TRIP TO SENEGAL: DECEMBER 8TH-17TH

Come participate and experience an authentic Senegalese wedding while touring.

DAY 01 : DAKAR AIRPORT ARRIVAL / Friday, December 8

Arrive at Dakar Airport, you will be met and cleared through immigration and customs and then transferred to your hotel.

DAY 02 : CITY TOUR OF DAKAR/GOREE ISLAND/Saturday, December 9

After breakfast, full day city tour of Dakar. You will pass the colorful markets of Sandaga, Tilene and Kermel; the Great Mosque, Independence Square and the shopping centers on Pompidou Avenue, the Presidential Palace, the IFAN Museum, where a fine collection of West African masks is housed, the Cathedral and end up at the handcraft village of Soumbedioune. Return to your room by way of Corniche after visiting the sand painting gallery. B.L

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Just twenty minutes from Dakar port, our ferryboat will arrive at Goree, the original Slave Island of the African West Coast. For three centuries, Goree was the center of the worldwide slave trade involving over 20 million persons of African origin. The tour guide will take you into the old slave house museum.

Lunch at the restaurant at the pier. A Holy hour at the chapel on this island to reflect on « What We have seen and Heard ». After visiting some of the islanders, we will return to Dakar.

DAY 03 :DAKAR / PINK LAKE / Sunday, December 10

Morning buffet breakfast, drive to the Pink Lake for an exciting trip using a 4 wheels drive to discover people harvested salt from the lake. Then reach the Fulani village to interact with people before continuing on the sand dunes. Dinner and Overnight. B.D

DAY 04 : PINK LAKE / Monday, December 11

Day at leisure. B.D

DAY 05 : PINK LAKE / THIES / LOMPOUL / Tuesday, December 12

Morning Breakfast, drive to Lompoul Desert via Thies first stop to visit the National Gallery of Tapestry and then the American Peace Corps. After that, drive to the desert of Lompoul. Located 100 km from Saint Louis, lompoul is the most beautiful desert of dunes of Senegal. Dunes 40 to 50 meters high for miles around. The desert of Lompoul extends for about thirty kilometers. A mysterious desert, an unknown wonder. You can observe the sunset on the dunes before spending the night under Mauritanian authentic desert tents in communion with the wilderness. Accommodation at the Gite de Lompoul. B.D

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DAY 06 : LOMPOUL / SAINT LOUIS / Wednesday, December 13

Early in the morning, you can observe the sunrise on the dunes. Departure to the city of Saint Louis. You will visit some Senegalese villages along the way. B.D

DAY 07 : SAINT LOUIS (DJOUDJ PARK / CITY TOUR / Thursday, December 14

Early morning after breakfast departure to Djoudj National Park, 03rd World Ornithological Park. It covers 16,000 hectares of land in the Senegal River Delta; This park is the refuge for three million birds (Flamingos, Cormorants, Pelicans, etc …) and sea turtle that go there to reproduce. You will visit the park by motorized pirogue. B.D

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Afternoon, city tour of the historical city of Saint Louis 1st Capital of Senegal including the Place Faidherbe, the town hall and the courthouse and horse-drawn carriage ride in the fishermen’s quarters of Guet Ndar. B.D

DAY 08 : SAINT LOUIS / SALY RESORT via TOUBA / Friday, December 15

Departure towards the town of Touba, considered as the holy city of the Mourides. Built on a private property this free city is exempt from taxes, customs duties and taxes. Visit of the city including the mosque whose minaret is 86 meters high, the highest in West Africa. After lunch on a local restaurant continuation to Saly Resort. B.D

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DAY 09 : Wedding day in Dakar / Saturday, December 16

Enjoy a leisurely day in Dakar. In the evening, we are invited to a senegalese wedding and dinner, great way to end a good trip.

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DAY 10: Lunch with both Families / Return home / Sunday, December 17

PRICE PER PERSON: – BASE:

04/07

IN DOUBLE OCCUPANCY =

$2394.00

EXTRA FOR SINGLE OCC.=

$318.00
PRICE INCLUDES: 4 & 5-star hotels; meals as listed B, L, D (breakfast, lunch, dinner) complimentary airport assistance, all visits and entrance fees, extensive pre-tour information, comprehensive documents & itinerary, transportation in A/C motorcoach, assistance of an English-speaking tour guide and a Bon Voyage gift. Does not include Airfare, gratuities, phone calls, laundry or personal items. VISAS: Senegal does not require visas for U.S. Passports.  Your American passport has to be valid at least until June 2018 DEPOSIT DUE: Now or before September 1st. FINAL PAYMENT: October 20th, 2017


Contact Us for all trips’ details:

Da African Village
211 Third Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (424) 703-0784
Toll-Free: (877) 203-5089
Fax: (310) 559-1394

 


PAST EVENTS

“A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz” took place June 15th-18th, 2017, featuring world-class dance & music teachers as well as artists from Africa and the Diaspora representing their cultures through dance, drumming, art and music performance. The event offered a total of 35 workshops, performances, food, arts & crafts, educational lectures and panel discussions.

 

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If you can’t attend, please support our yearly event with a donation:

Da’ African Village is a new 501(c)(3) organization. We do not get grants. The only way we can make this event happen is with your help. Please consider making a donation. Click on the link below. Thank you!


PAST TRIP:

TRAVEL TO SENEGAL, THE GAMBIA & ETHIOPIA

Check pictures from our most recent trip to Africa which included members of the KJLH radio station in Africa for the first time. The trip included an emotional visit to Goree Island which was a major port for the Slave trade.

Contact Us for all trips’ details:

Da African Village
211 Third Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Phone: (424) 703-0784 Toll-Free: (877) 203-5089 Fax: (310) 559-1394

 


PAST EVENT

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Da African Village and the 418 Project presented a Day Of Africa, on December 17, 2016, which featured a program of five dance classes with teachers from Senegal, Congo, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Brazil and an evening performance of SambaDá with very special guests. This beautiful event was offered to the community as a fundraiser for both non-profit organizations. The 418 Project has been creating a space for global dance traditions and other arts in Santa Cruz for more than 30 years. Da African Village promotes cultural understanding between Africa and the world through music, dance and cultural exchange, as well as supporting educational programs and artists in the U.S. and in Senegal. This was Afro-Brazilian Samba-Funk-Dance group SambaDá‘s last 2016 performance in Santa Cruz. SLIDE PICTURES OR PRESS ON ARROWS TO VIEW ALL

Check out Mandjou Kone’s dance class video: https://www.facebook.com/buna.diagne/videos/10211001646784350/?l=2928236590981664026 Check out Dandha Da Hora’s class video: https://www.facebook.com/woloftimes/videos/763095880511417/ Check out Vivien Bassouamina’s class video: https://www.facebook.com/woloftimes/videos/763135800507425/ Check out Oumou Faye’s class video: https://www.facebook.com/woloftimes/videos/763160057171666/ and: https://www.facebook.com/woloftimes/videos/763287360492269/ Check out Marietou Camara’s class video: https://www.facebook.com/buna.diagne/videos/10211005711205958/?l=8678354765900810681 Check out SambaDá‘s performance video: https://www.facebook.com/woloftimes/videos/763298003824538/


Check out article about “Da African Village” bringing Dancing & Drumming to Martha’s Vineyard: www.wendyjanegrossman.com/2014/08/08/3537/ image

 


 

OTHER PAST EVENTS

“A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz”

 

NEW TOUCH

A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz” took place June 2-5, 2016, featuring world-class artists from Africa and the Diaspora representing their cultures through dance, drumming and music performance. The event offered workshops, performances, food, an African fashion show, arts & crafts, educational lectures and panel discussions. There were also musical and dance performances by SambaDá and Diamano Coura respectively on Saturday June 4th & Sunday June 5th.

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PAST SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY JUNE 2:

4:00-6:00PM OHLONE OPENING DRUM CIRCLE

6:00-7:00PM PANEL DISCUSSION PROFESSOR BODE OMOJOLA (NIGERIA)

African Drumming in the United States; Memory and Practice

6:00-7:00PM DRUM CLASS WITH MBOR FAYE (SENEGAL)

7:00-8:30PM OUSSEYNOU KOUYATE (KUTURO-SENEGAL) DANCE

8:40-10:00PM LOUBAYI (CONGO) DANCE

FRIDAY JUNE 3: 2:00PM-3:30PM OUSMANE SALL (KUTURO) DANCE 3:00-4:30PM MARIETOU CAMARA (GUINEA) DANCE 4:30-5:30PM KIDS/STUDENTS WORKSHOP with OUMOU FAYE DANCE 4:30-5:30PM DRUM CLASS WITH IBOU NGOM (DJEMBE) DANCE 5:30PM-7:00PM VIVIEN BASSOUAMINA (CONGO) DANCE 7:00-8:30PM NILDINHA FONSECA (BRAZIL) DANCE 8:30-10:00PM OUSSEYNOU KOUYATE (BALANTA) DANCE 2:30 – 9:30PM MARKET PLACE

SATURDAY JUNE 4:

PASSPORT TO SENEGAL EXHIBITION PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW SHORT (SENEGAL)

9:30-11:00AM OUMOU FAYE (DJEMBE) DANCE

11:10-12:40PM ALASSANE KANE (SENEGAL) DANCE

12:50-2:20PM DJENEBA SAKO (MALI) DANCE

2:30-4:00PM IDY CISS (WANGO) DANCE

4:10-5:40PM AZIZ FAYE (SABAR) DANCE

7:00-7:30PM AFRICAN FASHION SHOW

7:30-9PM SAMBADA MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

9:00AM – 9:00PM MARKET PLACE

SUNDAY JUNE 5: 9:30-11:00AM OUSMANE SALL (KUTURO) DANCE 11:10-12:40PM AZIZ FAYE (SABAR) DANCE 12:50-2:20PM DJENEBA SAKO (MALI) DANCE 2:30-3:40PM NILDINHA FONSECA (BRAZIL) DANCE 3:50-5:20PM IDY CISS (SERERE) DANCE 4:00 – 5:30PM AFRO-BRAZILIAN DRUM CLASS 5:20PM-6:20PM ALASSANE KANE (SENEGAL) DANCE (POP-UP CLASS@AUDITORIUM) 5:20-6:20PM VIVIEN BASSOUAMINA FEATURING LOUBAYI (CONGO) DANCE (POP-UP CLASS@PARK) 6:30-8:00PM AFRICAN BALLET DIAMANO COURA PERFORMANCE 9:00AM – 9:00PM MARKET PLACE


 

Diamano Coura

Dubbed the West Coast’s hottest Brazilian band by promoters, journalists and fans, SambaDá musically unites the Americas. Based in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, SambaDá also references salsa and cumbia, and blends them playfully with funk and reggae beats. Brazilian natives Papiba Godinho and Dandha da Hora bring profound knowledge and respect for Brazilian music, and together with the entire band, they present a unique musical sound with a universal appeal.SambaDá was formed in 1998 in Santa Cruz, California, by capoeira master Papiba Godinho, saxophonist Anne Stafford, and drummer Gary Kehoe and has gone on to conquer clubs and festivals across the country with its explosive Carnival-like performances. The band is known for its high-energy percussion, danceable grooves and visually dynamic show.

Diamano Coura West African Dance Company is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, education, and appreciation of traditional West African music, dance, theater, and culture. Since its inception in 1975, Diamano Coura, under Director Dr. Zak Diouf and Artistic Director Naomi Washington, has implemented its mission through ongoing workshops, performances, youth programs, touring engagements, lecture demonstrations, community outreach, and creative partnership programs with renowned artists and performing companies. In addition, Diamano Coura strives to portray West African music and dance specifically as forms not simply for entertainment or exhibition, but rather, means by which communities educate, communicate, organize, and preserve their ancestral past. Diamano Coura, in the Senegalese Wolof language, means “those who bring the message.”


 CATERING AND VENDORS:

There were SENEGALESE DISHES served: Tiebou Dieune (Red rice & Fish), Yassa (Lemon chicken with onions), Mafe (Rice & Beef with peanut butter), with vegetarian options. There were also Clothing & Art vendors from South America and Africa. There will be SENEGALESE DISHES 󾬔󾬕❤️ served at the Dance/Drum Conference/Festival: Tiebou Dieune (Red rice & Fish), Yassa (Lemon chicken with onions), Mafe (Rice & Beef with peanut butter), with vegetarian options). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TIX: https://woloftimes.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/a-touch-of-africa-in-santa-cruz-santa-cruz-ca-june-2nd-5th-2016/ FOOD SLIDE PICTURES OR CLICK ON ARROWS TO VIEW ALL


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TALKING WOLOF

Enhance your language and bartering skills with Senegalese/West African merchants by learning Wolof. “Talking Wolof With Da’ African Village” is an easy to use basic guide to speaking the language of West Africa/Senegal. It is an ideal book for tourists, those planning to visit Senegal, or those who desire to learn to speak Wolof to interact with Senegalese people in America.   talking wolof Invitation-to-frontR1 Flyer

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