“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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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.
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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/
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“A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz”
“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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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
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/ SLIDE PICTURES OR CLICK ON ARROWS TO VIEW ALL
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.