“A Touch of Africa in Anaheim” with Da’ African Village – FREE
April 30 – May 29
The mission of Da’ African Village is to foster the cultural exchange between Africa and the world, as well as develop sustainable communities by way of commerce, community involvement, musical performances and education. Founder Serigne “Mara” Diakhate is a native of Dakar, Senegal. Educating others by equipping them with the knowledge of the history, culture and language of West Africa is a part of his life’s work.
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Sat April 30 – 3-4:30pm – “A Touch of Africa in Anaheim” Opening Reception
Sat May 7 – 11am-12pm – Traditional Senegalese Drum & Dance Documentary and Q&A
Sun May 8 – 3-4:30pm – Hip Hop in Senegal Demonstration by Isabelle Barros
Sat May 14 – 6-10pm – ACE (Art Crawl Experience) Drum Circle in Carnegie Courtyard
Sat May 21 – 3-4:30pm – “Mama Africa and A Trip to Senegal” Presentation
Sun May 29 – 1-3pm – Exhibition Closing Celebration
MUZEO (Museum and Cultural Center)
241 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
Wolof Times was in attendance of the event on May 8th where Senegalese-born Jordan Diandy (Ex-Vanguard University Basketball player) delivered a great presentation pertaining to Hip Hop in Senegal.
Hip Hop culture has spread throughout the globe since its creation in 1979. This art of oral expression is very similar to TAASU which is the medium that Senegalese Griots use to relate the history of a family or a village over beats. TAASU is mainly Rap over the traditional Senegalese drum called the Sabar. The Griots perform at cultural events such as weddings or birth celebrations to name a few. Therefore, the Senegalese youth of today relate strongly to this music genre and use it to express various ideas which range from social to political issues but also just Party & Dance. There are at least 5000 Hip Hop groups in Senegal including the most popular Daara J (Reggae & Hip Hop) and solo rappers NIX the equivalent of a conscious Lil’ Wayne and Gunman Xuman with his innovative Rap news broadcast on YouTube. In France, Senegal’s colonial state, we cannot forget to mention French Senegalese rapper Booba who’s by far the most successful French language rapper in the world and has collaborated with the likes of Diddy, T-Pain, 2 Chainz and music producer Ryan Leslie. And of course, US-bred Senegalese born Akon who’s topped American and World Hip Hop & Pop charts both as a singer and as a producer, has put Senegal on the map. He’s also responsible for providing electricity to 600 million African homes through his “Lightning project”.
The event also features an art exposition that encompasses various West African countries including Senegal and Mali. Art and clothing can also be purchased at the venue.
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