A DAY OF AFRICA IN SANTA CRUZ, SANTA CRUZ (CA), DECEMBER 17TH 2016


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Da African Village and the 418 Project would like to present a Day Of Africa, on December 17, 2016, featuring 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 is 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. Please join us for this very special Day of Africa.

Make sure you check Afro-Brazilian Samba-Funk-Dance group SambaDá’s last performance in Santa Cruz.

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CLICK ON THIS LINK TO PURCHASE TIX: https://www.artful.ly/da-african-village/store/events/10339

HERE IS THE CLASS SCHEDULE:

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If you’re interested in becoming a vendor, please download the vendor application, fill out and send to the address enclosed with check/money order:

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AFRICA RISING, EAST HOLLYWOOD (CA), OCTOBER 15TH 2016


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Presented by 89.9 KCRW and Afro Funke’, Africa Rising celebrates the influence and legacy of African music, culture and art. Grammy-nominated and Ghanaian-born Rocky Dawuni, co-founder of Afro Roots, brings a mix of reggae, Afrobeat, highlife and soul, for an evening of live collaboration. Wondem, an Ethiopian influenced music ensemble led by Dexter Story will be joined by Congolese-Belgian songstress Marie Daulne of world-renowned Afro pop group Zap Mama. Spinning cross-cultural dance floor sets will be Afro Funke’ resident DJs Jeremy Sole (KCRW) and Glenn Red. Drummers, dancers, visual artists and more from across the Diaspora will round out the eclectic night.

You may get additional info or purchase tickets here: http://www.rockydawuni.com/africa-rising-event-ford-theatres/

Event takes place at Ford Theatres at 7PM:

2580 Cahuenga Blvd

East Hollywood, CA 90068

 

 

BHAKTI FEST WEST, JOSHUA TREE (CA), SEPTEMBER 7TH-12TH 2016


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Artwork of Intimacy: Bhakti West Festival 2016

Embrace transformation, for it is, always have been and always will remain the only constant in existence. Veritable juxtapositions of workshops, sessions, yoginis and art at Bhakti West Festival in Joshua Tree junctures liberated elements in life…fire, air, earth, water combined with an ethereal zephyr! Such a gust of unifying wisdom and creation reclaiming vibrancy using rituals, sacred chants, meditation, psychology, kirtans, deep yoga(s), health and plant/teacher remedies. Innumerable leaders of service getting up close and personal in ancient culture like Swami Premodaya (founder of I-CODA International Centers of Divine Awakening), Shine Rilling (Peace Sticks), Guy Douglas (master Sound Healing Practitioner/Gongmaster) and Michael Brian Baker (The Breathwork Center) tunes up the collective light of festival guests. In Swami’s words “Life is a Free Fall!” Bhakti offers freefalls to fly; a breathtaking festival toward peace & a life of more meaning. Every act and shift of energy promotes new adventure; zapping energy from exhausted to unstoppable charges to move one through the remainder of the year.

Aminah Tolbert is a reporter/photographer for Wolof Times.

 

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BILAL, POWER FEST 2016 SOUTH LA, SEPTEMBER 3RD 2016


 

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Power Fest, featuring Neo Soul artist BILAL as a headliner this year, is the premier political music festival in South LA that attracts thousands of families in a day of celebration, empowerment, and education. Power Fest takes place in Martin Luther King Jr. Park in the historic King Estates neighborhood of South Los Angeles.

This year’s Power Fest promoted the importance of voting in this November election, and educated the community on key state and local ballot initiatives. The festival also served as a space for community healing to take place in response to the recent murders of black lives by law enforcement.

Come enjoy every year, a great music, art installations, good food, health resources, and special activities for kids! You are not going to want to miss out. Please visit for more info: http://www.southlapowerfest.com

 

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2016 BHAKTI FEST WEST, JOSHUA TREE (CA), SEPTEMBER 7TH-12TH 2016


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8th Annual Bhakti Fest Gathers Thousands of All Ages for a Transformational Event!
New Highlights Include a Sound-bath Dome, Sacred Women’s Tent, Men’s Lodge, and Expanded Family Village, along with Top Kirtan Stars, Sacred Music, Meaningful Workshops and Premiere Yoga Teachers, September 7-12 in Joshua Tree, CA

Tickets for Bhakti Fest West 2016 are available at west.bhaktifest.com. Bhakti Fest is a nonprofit 501c3 organization and accepts tax-deductible donations. The festival donates a percentage of its funds to charities and other nonprofit groups that provide food, education, and environmental beautification programs around the world. These include Food for Life Vrindavan, Love Serve Remember Foundation, Ramana’s Garden, Seva Foundation, Share Your Care, and Woman’s Earth Alliance

Joshua Tree, CA – July 7, 2015 – Bhakti Fest, the preeminent sacred music and yoga festival dedicated to bringing spiritual consciousness and earthly freedom to both the attendees, and the global recipients of this nonprofit festival’s charitable endeavors, will be returning to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center September 7-12.

A beloved annual event on the calendars of spiritual seekers, yogis, families, girlfriend squads, and others looking for an end of summer festival to commune with nature, each other and the divine, Bhakti Fest has expanded their offering beyond the top yoga teachers, Kirtan artists and workshop leaders, to include features such as a Family Village for parent and me yoga, kids music and more, as well as a Sound-bath Dome and Sound Healings under the stars, the latest trend in musical meditation. In addition to its always enlightening workshop program Bhakti Fest also hosts a Sacred Women’s Tent and a Men’s Lodge offering gender specific programming covering topics such as Tantra, empowerment, and redefining masculinity.

Known internationally for hosting a massive lineup of Kirtan musicians, master yoga instructors, and spiritual teachers, Bhakti Fest draws thousands of conscious explorers from the U.S. and around the world. Kirtan and reggae influenced singer/songwriter Trevor Hall, known for his hits “Brand New Day,” “The Lime Tree,” “Unity,” and others will headline the event. Other returning headliners include Grammy nominee Krishna Das; Jai Uttal, with his high energy reggae and ska-influenced Kirtan set; revolutionary hip-hop artist MC YOGI; and long-time Madonna collaborator Donna De Lory.

Bhakti Fest offers nonstop conscious music and Kirtan/chanting on two stages, in a wide of variety of musical genres including blues, rock, pop, gospel, traditional, and hip-hop. This year’s musicians also include the Kirtaniyas, Dave Stringer, Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band, Saul David Raye, David Newman, Govind Das & Radha, Gina Sala, Girish, Brenda McMorrow, Gandharvas Kirtan, Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe, Sri Kirtan, Fannah Fi Allah, Shantala and Pranja Vieira.

Several thousand participants will share sacred space with the world’s finest teachers of spiritual knowledge, yoga, and breath-work. The festival will feature twelve hours of daily yoga classes in four venues, facilitated by incomparable teachers: Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Mark Whitwell, Kia Miller, Jennica Mills, Laura Plumb, Erica Burkhalter, Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda, Hemalayaa Behl, Mas Vidal, Janet Stone, and Kristin Olson, to name only a few. All levels of students are welcome—beginner and advanced yogis alike are encouraged to join! There is something for everyone.

The Bhakti Fest workshops aim to enlighten all attendees with talks by as Radhanath Swami, a philanthropist and author of The Journey Home, who presents on his incredible spiritual journey; breath-work phenomenon, Michael Brian Baker whose students say his class “provides a life changing experience;” Manoj Chalam, a Murti scholar who uses humor and personal anecdotes in his lectures and workshops to illuminate Hindu mythology; and many more.

Presenters in the Sacred Women’s Tent include Dawn Cartwright, a Tantric visionary, sacred writer, world traveler, and innovator in bio-energetic Tantra fusion; Monika Nataraj, the creatrix of the 200-hour Mystical Dance® and Shakti Spirit® women’s teacher trainings in Thailand who also co-leads the Mystical Yogini women’s teacher training in India; Joanne Ameya Cohen a Certified Women’s Herbalist and Flower Essence Therapist, Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner, Feminine Embodiment Mentor, Counselor, and Shamanic Practitioner, who is passionate about helping women to let go of past pains and hurts in order to reclaim their Wild Feminine; among others.

In the Men’s Lodge Zat Baraka will help men to step out of the confines of their societal conditionings and into the new masculine way of being; other men’s lodge speakers will be announced. As always the annual festival will deliver an exclusive interview with Bhakti Fest elder, and spiritual icon, Ram Dass, whose book Be Here Now helped bring Eastern philosophy to the West in the 1960s.

Bhakti Fest also offers a healing sanctuary with massage, bodywork, energy work, and other wellness enhancing modalities. In addition, Bhaktis will feast on a variety of raw, vegan, and vegetarian food and beverage options. There is an extensive marketplace with eco-friendly, sustainable vendors who offer yoga gear, clothing, devotional art, musical instruments, CDs, crafts, jewelry and more. Bhakti Fest’s own Bhakti Shoppe will feature highly sought-after items from the bazaars of India.

Bhakti Fest is a vegetarian, family friendly, safe environment, free of alcohol and drugs. Children 12 and under are allowed in for free and there is a specific Bhakti Family Village where children can take part in music, yoga and enlightened play.

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center offers the perfect setting for inner reflection and spiritual reconnection, with its natural high desert beauty. Accommodations onsite include new private apartments, beds in the men’s and women’s dorms, glamping, camping, and RV parking. There are also several hotels within a few miles of the retreat center that offer discounts for attendees. Info on lodging is available at http://west.bhaktifest.com/lodging/.

With a world-class lineup of musicians and yoga instructors, more than 60 conscious workshops, and 100 artisan vendors, Bhakti Fest offers the most heart-opening, consciousness-raising experience of any festival on the scene today. Attendees describe the festival as “being immersed in the greatest conscious party you have ever experienced, filled with music, yoga, dancing, love, light, and heart centered community.”

About Bhakti Fest

Bhakti Fest is a festival series which celebrates the devotional path that has its roots in yoga, Kirtan, and meditation. It embraces ancient and modern sacred wisdom and traditional and non-traditional spiritual practices. All the artists, presenters, and vendors embody, practice, and share the spirit of Bhakti through a variety of ways, including continuous Kirtan, yoga classes, meditations and prayer, teachings and workshops, fire ceremonies, an eco-friendly, holistic marketplace, vegetarian, vegan, and raw cuisine, a wellness sanctuary including massage, bodywork, energy work, intuitive readings, and other unique life enhancing modalities. Bhakti Fest encourages the spirit of service and offers a work exchange program. The festival donates monies to a variety of non-profit organizations which provide food, education, and environmental beautification programs around the world.

Bhakti Fest would not be possible without the support of these generous sponsors; I-CODA, Organic India, Health Ade Kombucha, Desert Essence, Coconut Bliss, Divinitree Yoga & Art Studio, Shakti Juice and White Swan Records.

 

LIL’WEEZYANA FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), AUGUST 27TH 2016


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August 27th, 2016 – New Orleans, LA – Four time GRAMMY award-winning hip hop icon Lil Wayne is set to bring the second annual Lil’ Weezyana Festival to his hometown of New Orleans, LA in partnership with New Orleans’ radio station Q93 & Morris Bart, Esq., on Saturday, August 27th. The one-evening event hosted by Karen Civil and Q93 will include a special performance from ColleGrove – the massive collaborative project between Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, and more soon to be announced surprises. The now annual festival began last year, and featured Lil Wayne reuniting with The Hoy Boys, a special appearance by Drake, and more. The festival will return again to the Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. It will also be streamed for fans around the world exclusively on the TIDAL X platform. Tickets are available now and can be purchased here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1B0050DCA3BD3A27?did=tidal 

 

 

 

KING SUNNY ADE, LOS ANGELES (CA), AUGUST 14TH 2016


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This Sunday at the Regent Theater:

448 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

You may get more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/1146137-king-sunny-ade-los-angeles/

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Since the evolution of Juju music in Nigeria in the thirties no exponent has made a more lasting impact in the genre than King Sunny Ade. Dubbed the King of Juju music; as a singer, composer and guitarist, he has succeeded over the years in taking this Nigerian social music type to international heights.

 

32ND ANNUAL REGGAE ON THE RIVER, FRENCH’S CAMP (GARBERVILLE, CA), AUGUST 4TH-7TH 2016


Reggae on The River has improved much to my pleasant surprise, proving the adage; given that it is the longest running Reggae festival in US history in its 32nd year. This, per current staff, is due to the new influx of younger generations taking on organizational tasks. Unpaved roads and other areas were seemingly ready to receive thousands of campers and their vehicles, as early as Thursday morning. The “beach” area, upstream of the river, was turned into a gigantic sound system/after-party venue, which in turn contributed to its cleanliness instead of being polluted and swamped by campers. Eclectic art craft and food vendors were present as usual.

The festival featured an international line-up ranging from Dub Reggae legends Soul Syndicate to Roots Dancehall legends Sizzla Kalonji, Anthony B and Sister Carol, from Malian Blues Princess Fatoumata Diawara to Algerian Reggae-fusioned The Democratoz. Dancehall Legend Yellowman performed with his daughter K’reema. There was a plethora of promising newcomers: Protoje, Jah9, Jesse Royal, No-Maddz, New Kingston, Melekul (Sizzla’s son), Keznamdi etc…But the Festival was most certainly marked by the return of Sizzla Kalonji after an eight-year absence from the US , due to visa issues. Sizzla delivered a great performance punctuated with classic 90s and early 2000s hits, much to the delight of the crowd that sang along. Sizzla professed his gratitude to the Mateel Community organization throughout the show and post press conference, since they were solely responsible for the reactivation of his visa. And who’s better at closing than the highly-energetic/human rights activist Anthony B who literally rocked the crowd. The 32nd annual Reggae on the river was a success in reference to its organization, the live performances and attendance.

NEWCOMERS:

 

INTERNATIONAL ACTS:

 

PIONEERS:

 

THE RETURN OF SIZZLA KALONJI:

 

CLOSING ACT: ANTHONY B

 

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2016 ESSENCE FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), JUNE 30TH-JULY 3RD 2016


The 2016 Essence Festival was highly-inclusive since it featured relevant artists of every era from Charlie Wilson to Diddy down to Kendrick Lamar. Fans were delighted to see the highly-promoted Bad Boy reunion tour which showcased Legendary Biggie Hypeman/Rapper Diddy, classic Diva Faith Evans, Mase, 112 and latest addition hitmaker French Montana. “Essence” is huge with attendees from all over the nation and major sponsors, therefore they’re able to boast multiple stages and a beyond solid line-up which included Mariah Carey, Maxwell, Common, Tyrese and Jeremih to name a few. The New Orleans Superdome was nearly filled and concertgoers had ample time to visit the now revived and conveniently small city of New Orleans since the festival lasted four days. The Historical French Quarter offered various venues for impromptu after-parties.

Off-site New Orleans Convention Center hosted various events featuring Oprah Windfrey as well as Gospel singer Yolanda Adams. There were also mini game shows and parties in a family-friendly setting, as well as various vendors and organizations such as NASA selling and promoting their work respectively.

 

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SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016, BOONVILLE (CA), JUNE 17TH-19TH 2016


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The 2016 Sierra Nevada World Music Festival started on the wrong note on Friday June 17th as Lee Perry and Don Carlos’ shows were postponed until the next day due to rain. However, the weather on Saturday and Sunday was mild and sunny to the delight of the concert-goers who drove from various parts of the country to the very remote and rural area of Boonville (CA). The venue (Mendocino County Fairgrounds) was packed with novice and seasoned campers, as well as one-day concert attendees. The Festival, though Reggae-based, was very eclectic as usual and boasted musicians from North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Asia. The format was as in the past: Shows during the day and dancehall at night with Bay area and Kingston sound systems playing classic tunes and the latest hits. There were also food, clothing and art vendors who conducted business amidst a Brazilian Carnival-like atmostphere as Samba dancers and drummers marched around the venue. The three-day festival was closed by Alpha Blondy who delivered a great performance where the message of World Peace was pronounced and clear as the crowd roared in agreement.

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A TOUCH OF AFRICA IN SANTA CRUZ, SANTA CRUZ (CA), JUNE 2ND-5TH 2016


“A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz”, founded by Senegalese Mara Diakhate, took place in this historic beach town which has an affinity for cultural events. The event was organized by Da African Village Team in Santa Cruz which is comprised of Mara Diakhate, Dandha Da Hora, Anne Stafford, Veronica Howard Soto, Melanie Lee Godinho, Shaunte Jackson, Daffany, Abide Bebe, Laura Gilbert-Costa and Katrina Jeffries, to name a few. The Dance conference featured West African dancers and drummers representing their own or various ethnic backgrounds from Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Congo: Renowned Master Dancers such as Alassane Kane, Idy Ciss, Aziz Faye, Oumou Faye (Senegal), Djeneba Sakho, Ousseynou Kouyate (Mali), Marietou Camara (Guinea) and Vivien Bassouamina featuring Drum Ensemble Loubayi (Congo). Brazilian Samba Master Dancer Nilhina Fonseca also flew in from Bahia. And of course, all of the dance classes taught were accompanied by Master drummers from the regions previously mentioned: Ibou Ngon, Mbor Faye, Thiane Sene (Senegal) and Marcos Rodrigues (Brazil) to name a few. These drummers also offered drum classes in their respective disciplines, mainly djembe and congas. Attendance was high as various participants from the Bay area and Santa Cruz attended and there were also dance students from as far as New Orleans.

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Saturday and Sunday respectively ended with performances from local Brazilian band Sambada and Oakland-based West African group Diamano Coura. West African food with vegetarian options was made available to all attendees and there was also African clothing for sale which was showcased on Saturday’s fashion show. A few attendees were able to win airlines tickets to Africa through Ethiopian Airlines who were event donors.

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ANGELIQUE KIDJO, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 21st 2016


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Angelique Kidjo performed differently this time around in Los Angeles, in
the more intimate setting of the Luckman Theater which was at
full-capacity. This concert was acoustic as she only utilized a guitar
player, and local drum phenomenon Magatte Sow (Djembe, Sabar & Congas) who
always tours with her when needed. Angelique Kidjo was mostly interacting
with the audience, speaking about her childhood in Benin, musical
influences and humanitarian work (UNICEF, Amnesty International etc…).
She also discussed her humble beginnings as an expatriate musician in
Europe where she was discovered by world renowned music mogul Chris
Blackwell of Island Records, prior to moving to America and becoming a US
citizen. The beloved singer displayed her high octave voice range and sang
in three different languages including her native Fon, English and French,
much to the delight of the diverse crowd. She sang her first childhood song
and own classics, as well as others by musicians that influenced her,
including James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Celia Cruz. This concert was a
success and gave us a glimpse of who Angelique Kidjo is as a human being.

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Thank you Nnamdi Moweta of Radio Afrodicia (KPFK,  90.7FM) for sharing this picture.

 

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UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FEST, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 30TH 2016


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Jazz Reggae Festival has been an integral part of the UCLA and LA communities for the past 29 years. In honor of the festival’s 30th anniversary, we are celebrating three decades of good vibes, jammin’ music, and cultural enrichment with a one-day festival under the Los Angeles sun. From the festival’s humble beginnings in 1986, it has continued to grow and develop while forging connections between UCLA and the broader Los Angeles community. Alongside sustainable initiatives and live art, the festival has showcased talent ranging from Ziggy Marley to Snoop Dogg to Erykah Badu. This year, Jazz Reggae Festival is returning to its roots, presenting headliners from the genres of jazz and reggae accompanied by a curated selection of talented student bands.

You may obtain more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.jazzreggaefest.com

2016 JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL, JOSHUA TREE (CA), MAY 12TH-15TH 2016


 

 

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The 2016 Joshua Tree Music Festival took place as usual in the panoramic setting of the Joshua Tree desert. The festival was family-oriented with RV and regular camping available, as well as health food, art craft vendors and Yoga practitioners; much to the delight of the local and surrounding communities which include Los Angeles and San Diego.

The musical line-up was very eclectic and ranged from New-Orleans Funk (Dumpstaphunk), Chicago Blues (The Main Squeeze), acoustic Reggae (Del Corazon), Ethiopian Jazz (Dhara World Music Quartet) to the local favorite fusioned sound of The Desert Rhythm Project. The three-day Festival was peaceful and well-organized.

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SHAKTI FEST, JOSHUA TREE (CA), MAY 13TH-15TH 2016


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Photo courtesy of Sandra Goodin Photography, featuring Aminah Tolbert of Wolof Times and Carmen Curtis, founder of AIREAL Yoga and also former NCAA gymnastics champion (UCLA).

Ever felt anything more potent than a woman’s touch? 2016 SHAKTI West
Festival in Joshua Tree celebrated affinity, totality, rebirth, cosmos
and reverence touch of the Divine Feminine. Being in the bhav inhabits
the human body as a sacred vessel, enthralling curio paths to
self-love. Workshops, practices, restorative sessions at Shakti
collaborated cutting-edge artists, chants from the heart, or kirtan,
soul-centered yoga, caverns of souls unleashing passion for the
eclectic similes of Shakti. Each appearing artist or teacher offered
sensational journeys into their intimate world of stories. To capture
a few, Tantra Workshop leader Dawn Cartwright advocates “we are the
ecstasy we’ve been longing for all our lives.” AIReal Yoga founder,
Carmen Curtis honored “excellent way to grow yoga practice while
feeling safe.” This modality of yoga knows no bounds, surrendering
body in movements and trusting support of the flow. Both these leaders
as well as all the Shakti artists reminded patrons Divine Feminine
quite inebriating, safely empyreal about opening spirits and
transcending limitations. Soul-centered yoga, chanting, mantra, music,
meditation, hot-soaking, sound baths, tantra and/or ecstatic sunset
dance concluded in lightning rods of contention! Shakti is the growth
edge that amenably welcomes insights, divine feminine and support
endless possibilities simultaneously relaxing and broadening horizons.
Feed your soul, meet other avid yogis or Shakti supporters…and perhaps grab a soul signature of your favorite lineup. Return home with
ultimate inspirations, fresh voices, and new lenses to carry one
through to BHAKTI.

Aminah Tolbert is a Worldwide reporter and photographer for Wolof Times.

 

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SHAKTI FEST, JOSHUA TREE (CA), MAY 13TH-15TH 2016


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The Yoga and Music Experience of a Lifetime.
MAY 13 – 15, 2016 • JOSHUA TREE, CA
SHAKTI FEST IS THE PREMIER YOGA, SACRED MUSIC, AND PERSONAL GROWTH FESTIVAL IN THE COUNTRY CELEBRATING THE DIVINE FEMININE.

SINCE 2011, FOR FIVE DAYS EACH MAY, WE HAVE FEATURED THE BEST YOGA TEACHERS, KIRTAN MUSICIANS, AND WORKSHOP LEADERS IN THE WORLD. WE ARE PART OF THE CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL STUDIES, A 501C3 NONPROFIT THAT SUPPORTS CHARITIES ACROSS THE GLOBE, MAINLY IN INDIA.
PROCEEDS GENERATED EACH YEAR, AFTER WE COVER OUR COSTS, GO TO OUR CHOSEN CAUSES. WE ACCEPT DONATIONS TO HELP US PROVIDE EXTRAORDINARY FESTIVALS AND GIVE SUPPORT TO THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THAN US. WE INVITE YOU TO VIEW OUR GALLERY. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU IN THE BHAV!
SHAKTI FEST CELEBRATES THE DEVOTIONAL PATHS OF YOGA, KIRTAN (SACRED MUSIC), AND MEDITATION AND PLACES A SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON THE DIVINE FEMININE. OUR FESTIVAL IS A DRUG AND ALCOHOL-FREE VEHICLE FOR EVOLUTION OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS THROUGH A HEART-CENTERED REVOLUTION. BRING YOUR YOGA MATS THIS COMING MAY TO THE IDYLLIC JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER, LOCATED IN THE BEAUTIFUL REGION 2 HOURS EAST OF LOS ANGELES. PRACTICE WITH THE BEST YOGA TEACHERS IN THE WORLD, DANCE TO SACRED MUSIC BY WORLD-RENOWN KIRTAN ARTISTS, AND TAKE WORKSHOPS WITH LEADERS IN THE FIELD OF PERSONAL GROWTH. CAMP OUT BENEATH THE STARS OR STAY AT ONE OF OUR MANY ACCOMMODATIONS ON AND OFFSITE; ENJOY THE SWIMMING POOL AND FREE FILTERED DRINKING WATER; STOP IN AT “CONSCIOUS KIDS LAND” AND EXPOSE YOUR CHILDREN TO OTHER ENLIGHTENED FAMILIES; ENJOY THE BEST VEGETARIAN FOOD AT ANY FESTIVAL. WE OFFER STUDENT, SENIOR, AND LOCAL RESIDENT DISCOUNTS. WE’RE BUILDING SACRED COMMUNITY—JOIN US!

YOU MAY PURCHASE TICKETS OR OBTAIN MORE INFO HERE: http://www.shaktifest.bhaktifest.com

A TOUCH OF AFRICA IN ANAHEIM, ANAHEIM (CA), APRIL 30TH-MAY 29TH 2016


 

“A Touch of Africa in Anaheim” with Da’ African Village – FREE

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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.

FREE PROGRAMMING – JOIN US!

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

VENUE:

MUZEO (Museum and Cultural Center)

241 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
714-956-8936
info@muzeo.org

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.

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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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SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016, BOONVILLE (CA), JUNE 17TH-19TH 2016


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The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival is pleased to offer Advance tickets to the 23rd annual SNWMF, which will take place June 17-19, 2016 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds located in Boonville, California. Advance tickets are available online and via mail order: http://www.snwmf.com/

EPIPHANY ARTISTS 23ND ANNUAL SUMMER SOLSTICE & PEACE CELEBRATION, JUNE 17, 18 & 19, 2016!

Mark your calendar for SNWMF 2016 at the beautiful Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, CA! Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Anderson Valley, The Mendocino County Fairgrounds is the perfect setting for our gathering that unites music and nature lovers from throughout the world.

SNWMF is an annual family reunion for many and is known as being one of the most positive festivals with an incredibly irie vibe. This year, Epiphany Artists presents another intriguing lineup of the best in roots reggae and world music on two stages and in our late night Dance Hall.

Come sing, dance! Welcome the summer sun and embrace the sweet sounds of reggae and world music!

Soak in the beautiful streaming colors and irresistible aromas of our festival village of global arts, crafts and food. Join in the festivities at both the Solstice Stage and the Kidz Zone which features a special lineup of performances and workshops for children of all ages!

SNWMF is dedicated to nurturing a world family peacefully united in celebration of the universal spirit of music. We look forward to celebrating with you!

REGGAE ON THE MOUNTAIN, TOPANGA CANYON (CA), JULY 23RD-24TH 2016


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SAT, JUL 23, 2016 AT 10:00 AM

(PAST EVENT)

Reggae on the Mountain 2016
The Topanga Community Club, Topanga, CA
Label27 proudly presents the 7th annual REGGAE ON THE MOUNTAIN July 23 & 24 2016!
Located in beautiful Topanga Canyon, LA’s premier Reggae Festival returns bringing you the best in international and local talent on two stages!
Come enjoy a weekend of amazing music, delicious food and drinks, eclectic vendors and good vibes!
All ages event, kids 12 and under free!
Daily Line Up:
SAT MAIN STAGE:
Don Carlos
Third World
The Delirians
The Steady 45s
Pachamama

SAT HILLTOP STAGE:
Raiz Muzik
Bodhi Rock
SYNRGY
Marcus I
TBA

SUNDAY MAIN STAGE:
Steel Pulse
Keznamdi
Quinto Sol w/ Empress Akua
Arise Roots
Ital Vibes

SUNDAY HILLTOP STAGE
Soulutionaries
Iya Terra
Prime Livity
Spliff Vison
J Dubs

You may get more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.reggaeonthemountain.com

VEGAN STREET FAIR, NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CA), MARCH 19TH 2016


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The Vegan Fair street festival is a great event for local Noho residents
interested in trying various cuisines from various Los Angeles vegan restaurants.
There was a great turnout this year considering the long waiting lines in
front of every kiosk as well as the variety of vegan dishes provided from
Mexican, to Indian to American restaurants to name a few. You may get more info here: http://www.veganstreetfair.com

 

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LEIMERT PARK ART WALK, LOS ANGELES (CA), LAST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH


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The Leimert Park Art Walk is an invigorating event for the
local African-American community as it offers a platform for local artists,
musicians, dancers and comedians to practice their craft in front of
attendees from diverse areas of Los Angeles. This event takes place the last Sunday of every Monday and also features Art, food and clothing vendors.

 

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SAN DIEGO SOUL MUSIC FESTIVAL, SAN DIEGO (CA), APRIL 9TH 2016


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The annual San Diego Soul Music Festival presents Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Kem and Joe this April 9, 2016.

Maze’s self-titled debut album was released by Capitol in 1977; that album (which contains the hits “Happy Feelin’s,” “While I’m Alone,” and “Lady of Magic”) went gold and earned Maze an extremely devoted following. Combining a Philadelphia soul sound with a strong appreciation of Marvin Gaye, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly was among the top R&B acts of the late ’70s and ’80s.

A Nashville-born, Detroit-based singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Kem (born Kim Owens) overcame homelessness and addiction to become one of the most popular adult contemporary R&B artists of the 2000s and early 2010s. Kem’s third album for Motown, titled “Intimacy,” was issued in August 2010, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, and went gold as well; the single “Why Would You Stay” was nominated for Grammy awards in the categories of Best R&B Male Performance and Best R&B Song.

Joe is an accomplished vocalist of smooth and sultry R&B productions with occasional hip-hop beats, and his extensive background in gospel music has allowed him to produce his albums as well as sing on them. A native of Georgia, Joe later moved to Opelika, Alabama; since he was the son of two preachers, he spent much time in church singing, playing guitar, and even directing the choir. Influenced early on by gospel stars like the Winans, Commissioned, and Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Joe grew to love soul legends Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye plus contemporary stars Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat.

You may get more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.sdsoulfest.com

ANGELIQUE KIDJO, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 21ST 2016


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Africa’s most internationally celebrated female musician, Angelique Kidjo is a powerful singer and tireless performer. Her music draws from African traditions and elements of American soul, funk, rap, jazz, Brazilian samba, reggae, and Cuban and Puerto Rican salsa creating a perfect blend of world music that exemplifies unity, peace and diversity. Angelique Kidjo will perform selections from her latest albums and prolific repertoire.

You may get more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.luckmanarts.org/events/angelique-kidjo.html

20TH ANNIVERSARY JAZZ FEST WEST, SAN DIMAS (CA), JULY 16TH-17TH 2016


 

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Founded in 1996, JazzFest West has strived to bring world-class Jazz musicians to Southern California music fans. 2016 will be our 20th Anniversary. Throughout the years, we have called many places our home (Central Park & Brookside Park in Pasadena, then the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia) but for the past 9 years, the beautiful Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas is where it all happens!

Bonelli Regional Park is a scenic 1,800 acre facility featuring a 250 acre lake with 14 miles of multi-use trails. Home to the Raging Waters waterpark, Bonelli Park offers a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, jet skiing, fishing, swimming, family and group picnicking, nature walks, hiking, jogging, and biking. There are also concessionaires offering RV Camping, Hot Tubs, Wedding Facilities, and Horse Back Riding. Throughout the year, annual special events are conducted including fishing tournaments, concerts, triathlons, water sports and cultural events.

JazzFest West has been honored to feature an incredible mix of contemporary jazz, classic R&B and soul artists at the festival, including Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Maze ft. Frankie Beverly, Teena Marie, Boney James, Erykah Badu, George Duke and The O’Jays. Attendees will enjoy two stages of live music, delicious eats from the International Food Court, shopping in the Vendor Village and a dance party all day long!

You may get more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.jazzfestwest.com

 

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2016 ESSENCE FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), JUNE 30TH-JULY 3RD 2016


imageThe ESSENCE Festival is back in New Orleans with an extraordinary roster of the biggest names and best performers in entertainment—from global music icons to the industry’s rising stars. We are welcoming Mariah Carey, Kendrick Lamar and Maxwell to headline the Superdome main stage. In addition, we will be embracing newcomers like Leon Bridges, Jeremih, Lion Babe, Dej Loaf and The Internet, as well as fan favorite Charlie Wilson for the ultimate cultural experience in New Orleans this July 4th weekend.

You may obtain more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.essence.com/2015/11/05/essence-festival-2016-tickets-sale-now

LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE, BRADLEY (CA), MAY 25TH-30TH 2016


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California’s Premier Summer Campout Festival featuring music, art, yoga, and education. LIB 2016 is a transformational festival in the Central Coast region of California presented by The Do LaB. The Do LaB seeks to promote sustainability, social cohesion, personal health, and creative expression.
Location: Bradley, CA
Dates: May 25 – May 30, 2016
Genres: Electronic dance music, Devotional song, Experimental music, Folk music.

You may purchase tickets or obtain more info here: http://www.lightninginabottle.org

 

JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL, JOSHUA TREE (CA), MAY 12TH-15TH 2016


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Don’t miss the 14th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival. You may purchase tickets or obtain more info here: http://www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com

TICKETS

**** All wristbands / passes are picked up at WILL CALL at the festival. No tickets or wristbands will be mailed.
Tickets are transferable, but not refundable ****
BUY 4 Day All Weekend Festival Wristband $180
Experience the entire festival so you don’t miss a beat. This pass includes an all weekend festival wristband and walk-in tent camping in the main campground, for one person, from THU at Noon til MON at 2pm. You park your car in the lower parking lot, then walk up to the main campground with your gear. If you want to have your vehicle at your camp in the main campground, then you will need a car (or RV) pass. Thursday night festivities include 3 sets of live music and complimentary food & beer. (This price is the same early bird price as for the 2014 & 2015 festivals, but the festival & camping fees are combined, not separate).
BUY Family & Friends Package $775 (save $200)
Includes five (5) all weekend festival passes and one car pass. All five wristbands include camping, and the car pass gets one vehicle in the campground. If you need additional car passes, they can be purchased separately for $75. If you buy this package, and have friends or family arriving at different times, email us the names that you’d like each wristband to be for at will call, so you can all get in upon arrival. So, now is the time to bring friends and family
Kids 10 & Under: Free!
Little loved ones 10 and under don’t need to pay for camping or a festival wristband, as they are gratis.
BUY Kids 11-16 Years Old: $80 for the all weekend pass
Single Day Passes: The prices include walk in tent camping and festival wristband for that day and night. By 8am the next day you will need to get another pass for the day, or head on home. The price of these tickets screams out for you to come for the whole weekend (so take off work on FRI and get the 4 day pass above!).
BUY THU Only: $60
BUY FRI Only: $90
BUY SAT Only: $90
BUY SUN Only: $75
BUY Locals Only Tickets: (camping not included) $120
This festival pass is for all four days. Camping not included. (If you want to camp, there are no discounts, buy the regular tickets above). You must be a resident of Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley or Landers. The billing address on your credit card needs to be local, or we’ll negate the sale. Limit two per person. Limited number of these tickets available, so get yours while they last.
BUY Wed Night Camping: $20 per person
Come set up early, and get settled in. If you plan to arrive on Wednesday to camp, you’ll need to purchase this WED camping option. Allows you into the campground anytime after NOON on WED. Only 4 day pass holders can purchase a Wednesday night camping pass.
BUY RV Pass (No Hook Ups) $125
If you’d like to have your RV (any vehicle over 15′ long) in the main campground (with no power or water hook ups), you will need an RV Camp Pass for the vehicle. Each person in the RV will need a festival wristband to enter the grounds. (finite number available, so reserve yours now if you know you need one)
BUY Car Pass $75
If you want to have your car at your camp in the main campground, then you need to buy a car pass for that vehicle. (Any vehicle over 15’, or any vehicle towing anything, will require an RV PASS). If you don’t need to camp with your car, then you’ll park in the lower day park lot, and walk up to the main campground with your gear. Each person in the car will need a festival wristband to enter the grounds. As the campground approaches capacity, our goal is to make the campground less of a parking lot, and more of a festive campground. And to encourage carpooling. If you are camping with friends, and want to save money, but still have a car at your camp to lock valuables in, then consider splitting one pass fee amongst a few of you. (finite number available, so reserve yours now if you know you need one)
RV Site with Hook Ups (power & water) SOLD OUT
Reserve one of the 44 RV sites with Power & Water. Each site comes with power (50amp, 30 amp, & 20amp outlets), and water. By reserving the site, you get one RV pass for your vehicle, but you can have as many friends and family camp/park on your site as you can fit on there (the space is yours to do with as you see fit). That said, every vehicle entering the campground needs a pass ($75 for a car, $125 for an RV), and every person in the campground needs a festival wristband (sold separately). The site is yours from THU at 8am til MON at Noon. (only 44 sites available, these will be sold out quickly)
More ticket options will be available soon –
single day passes, discount for ages 11-16, locals, and active military.
Kids 10 and under come in for free.

A TOUCH OF AFRICA IN SANTA CRUZ, SANTA CRUZ (CA), JUNE 2ND-5TH 2016


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“A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz“, an event which will take 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 will offer workshops, performances, food, an African fashion show, arts & crafts, educational lectures and panel discussions. There will also be musical and dance performances by Sambada and Diamono Coura respectively on Saturday June 4th & Sunday June 5th. Please visit regularly for updates and information regarding this exciting event. Please also like and share this page on facebook with your friends and family as this is a community event and all are welcome! More to come!!!!

You may click on this link to purchase tickets for the classes and/or performances:

You may get more info here: http://www.daafricanvillage.org/index.php/events-2/

VENDORS:

If you’re interested in vending at “A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz”, please download and print the following application in order to apply: 2016VendorApplicationATouchofAfricainSantaCruz(1)

32ND ANNUAL REGGAE ON THE RIVER, FRENCH’S CAMP (GARBERVILLE, CA), AUGUST 4TH-7TH 2016


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On the weekend of August 4-7, the non-profit Mateel Community Center will present the 32nd edition of one of the world’s iconic festival experiences, Reggae On The River. Set on the banks of the majestic Eel River and delivering the best in reggae and world music to the hills of Humboldt County, CA since 1984, the 2016 event will offer the next chapter in the ROTR legacy with global luminaries…

Sizzla Kalonji & The Fire House Band – KRANIUM & Agent Sasco – Anthony B – Protoje & The Indiggnation Band – Soul Syndicate Reunion featuring Mad Professor with Big Youth, Randy Valentine, Marty Dread, Earl Zero – Mbongwana Star – King Yellowman – Million Stylez – Jesse Royal – Fatoumata Diawara – Gappy Ranks – Sister Carol – Ziggi Recado – House Of Shem – Jah9 & The Dub Treatment – No Maddz – Keznamdi – Locos Por Juana – New Kingston – Mr. Williamz – Addis Pablo – Democratoz – Newen Afrobeat – Jah Sun – Lion D – Dubtonic Kru – Meleku – The I-Deals – Bayonics – 7th Generation Rise – The Dubba Dubs – The Overtakers – with more TBA- including DJs, soundsystems, and guest artists, plus the acoustic sounds of Jamaica’s The Overtakers to nice things up in the campground!

The event will also showcase more than 60 vending/ non-profit booths, a lively KidLandia, and the camping, community, and irie vibes that made Reggae On The River famous.

3 and 4-day tickets are available at http://www.reggaeontheriver.com- or go big with the Ambassador Pass to enjoy unprecedented perks and access for the ultimate festival experience!  And while you’re at it, make plans to really do things in style with an RV. RV registration is open now and spaces are very limited, so don’t delay in making these arrangements.

Start planning your Reggae On The River pilgrimage today. It’s happening August 4-7 at French’s Camp, in Garberville, CA- heart of the Emerald Triangle- and your destination for a higher vibration!

 

 

2016 PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL, LOS ANGELES (CA), FEBRUARY 4TH-15TH 2016


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The 24th Pan African Film Festival as usual boasted an interesting variety
of movies and documentaries from Africa and the Diaspora, mainstream as
well as independent. This festival is crucial in giving filmmakers and
actors from Africa and the Diaspora international exposure, especially
since it’s based in Los Angeles. The films featured annually play a key
role in informing the local masses about African History, cultures as well
as derived cultures in the Diaspora. The Black Experience is at the
forefront of the festival to keep the attendees informed about political
and social issues that affect Black Folks worldwide, so as to further
create or strengthen the bond between Africa and its diaspora. Through
documentaries such as “A Ferguson story” and “They don’t a give a damn”
which touch upon on the current state of racial relations and segregated
housing in America. As well as “Queen Nanny” which relates the story of the
powerful Jamaican national figure who helped keep her people free by
eluding and defeating the British Army in the treacherous mountains of
Jamaica. Other key movies such as “The Violin teacher” relate the
experience of a Black violin teacher, who in his own struggle of achieving
his musical dreams of being part of the Brazilian National orchestra,
helps impoverished children in the Favelas cope, strive and succeed through
learning music; Ayanda from South Africa showcases a talented cast of
actors and relates the struggle of a young girl striving to keep her
deceased father’s mechanic shop running, amidst corruption, heartbreaks and
deceit.

The Pan African Film festival also featured African Art, clothing and craft
through local and international vendors who occupied the nearby Baldwin
Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall section. These vendors were able to showcase
their art via the fashion show which was accompanied by traditional African
drumming. The drumming by local artist Kwesi Williams provided a more authentic ambiance to the event.

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6TH ANNUAL JAMALAYEUBUNTU FESTIVAL, LOS ANGELES (CA), FEBRUARY 5TH-7TH 2016


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Saturday, February 6th 2016.

Crenshaw Yoga & Dance Studio

5426 Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles (CA)

All dance classes are $20 each. You are entitled to buy one discount show ticket for each dance class purchased. 11:30-1pm Kadiatou Conte will teach a Dundunba intensive Guinee African style. 1-2:30pm Juan Carlos will teach traditional Afro-Cuban dance. 2:30-4pm Dandha Da Hora will teach traditional Afro-Brazilian dance. Saturday night we will have a dinner dance show at the same location. 6-9pm. If you buy a dance class ticket, the price is $25. Otherwise the charge is $35 at the door. Sunday 1-2:30 Dandha Da Hora will teach traditional Afro-Brazillian and 2:30-4pm Mama Kadiatou Conte will teach a Lamba/Yado intensive Guinee style. Ousman Sall will teach Sabar on Friday 6:30-8pm. I just haven’t decided on the location yet. Call me at 323-448-4555 for updates on his class location and other pertinent info. Thanks. At this festival we offer an assortment of dance classes from all over the African diaspora. We have and may also afro-centric wellness aerobic classes such as memetic yoga, african-Zumba, etc. The schedule will change year to year. We also offer ethnic food, black art, and an African marketplace. The festival is always held in February to celebrate black history month. Any and everyone is welcome to attend.

SHEN YUN 2016, ATLANTA (GA), JANUARY 15TH-16TH 2016


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Enter a Divine Land

There was a time when the world was full of magic and splendor, as if all on Earth existed in harmony with Heaven. You could see it in the arts, feel it in the air, and hear it in the beat of a drum. This was a land of heroes and sages, dragons and phoenixes, emperors and immortals. Known today as China, this place was once called “the Middle Kingdom” and “the Land of the Divine.”

What if you could journey back and visit this lost world…?

Now you can. Shen Yun invites you to experience this divine culture of the Middle Kingdom. Shen Yun brings the profound spirit of this lost civilization to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Every dance movement, every musical note, makes this a stunning visual and emotional experience you won’t find anywhere else.

See for yourself why this performance is leaving millions around the world in awe.

You may obtain more info or purchase tickets here: http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/atlanta

 

XANGO & OYA DANCE FESTIVAL & CELEBRATION, LOS ANGELES (CA), DEC 13TH 2015


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SUNDAY DECEMBER 13 2015
XANGO AND OYA Dance Festival/Celebration

Brasil Brasil Cultural Center
Address:
11928 Washington Blvd. (c/s Inglewood)
Los Angeles, Ca 90066

Join us for a day filled with dance, drumming, song, speakers, and performances from Afro-Brazilian, Afro- Haitian, and Afro-Cuban. Rachel Hernandez/Ijo Emi Dance is very excited to organize this event with the support of Brasil Brasil Cultural Center dedicated to enriching our collective knowledge of the the divinities Xango and Oya.
Workshops featuring Vera Passos Silfredo La O, Rachel Hernandez, Kahlil Cummings of Balandugu Kan, Mestre Amen Santo, Awo Fasegun, and Kati Hernandez. Morning Mountain Offering more info coming soon 🙂

$55 – Until Dec 5th
$65 – Starting Dec 6th

Individual Options
$28 – Individual Workshop
$25 – T-shirt

You may register here: http://www.brasilbrasil.org/events/

VEDA MELA 2015, LOS ANGELES (CA), NOVEMBER 7TH-8TH 2015


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Veda Mela was a replica of the Bhakti fest in the Joshua Tree Desert, on a much smaller scale and more interestingly in the urban setting of Downtown Los Angeles. The festival featured Yoga workshops and sessions as well as various vendors of organic food and goods. The cozy atmosphere on the first floors of a semi-high rise building was further enhanced by a DJ who spun techno music and by the World music bands that performed. The festival was rather small but is definitely appealing to young and hip Yoga adepts as well as organic food and goods enthusiasts in the city.

 

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SEMBENE!, AFI FEST, WEST HOLLYWOOD (CA), NOVEMBER 11TH 2015


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7PM at the Chinese Grauman Theatre: 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

You may obtain free tickets to this screening here: http://www.afi.com/afifest/freetickets.aspx

Ousmane Sembène is a crucial name in the history of cinema. The first indigenous director to make films in sub–Saharan Africa, beginning in the 1960s, he is known — deservedly — as the Father of African Cinema, and yet his work is not as well known stateside as that of film pioneers from other parts of the globe. This intimate, insightful and often surprising documentary seeks to correct that. Sembène’s life story is told in admiring yet clear–eyed detail, highlighting his remarkable resourcefulness in the face of a nonexistent local film industry in his native Senegal. In Sembène’s 38–year career, he successfully made nine films, a staggeringly impressive feat given the incendiary, politically charged subjects he took on (as seen in his best–known film, 1966’s BLACK GIRL, following a Senegalese maid’s dehumanizing experience working as a maid on the glitzy French Riviera). With SEMBENE!, AFI audiences can get to know one of world cinema’s most remarkable and fascinating artists. — Beth Hanna

KEM & TAMAR BRAXTON, LOS ANGELES (CA), NOVEMBER 6TH 2015


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KEM with Special Guest Tamar Braxton
Promise to Love Tour
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 Doors Open: 7:00PM
Price: $65.00 – $130.00
Onsale: Fri, Sep 18, 2015 – 10:00AM PDT

you may purchase tickets here: http://www.axs.com/events/289640/kem-with-special-guest-tamar-braxton-tickets

Special Offer! A digital download of KEM’s Promise to Love is included with every order, and a CD is included with every pair of tickets. You will receive an email with instructions on how to receive your album following your purchase (available…- 8:00PM)
*Artist Line-Up Subject to Change

Please note our $6.00 GREEN FEE. Any re-prints for tickets not printed prior to arriving at the venue will incur a $6.00 Green Fee. This includes tickets not properly printed. Your Seat Locations and Barcodes must be clearly visible

VEDA MELA LA, LOS ANGELES (CA), NOVEMBER 7TH-8TH 2015


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Vedas (noun; plural): The most ancient Hindu scriptures from the Vedic period in India; written in early Sanskrit and containing philosophy and guidance on ritual.

Mela (noun; Sanskrit): A meeting, an assembly, a cultural fair, a spiritual gathering.

Veda MeLA is a unique celebration of the massive modern emergence of arts and sciences inspired by the Vedas. Blossoming in the cultural hub of Downtown Los Angeles, Veda MeLA creates an unparalleled educational, inspirational, and safe space for the burgeoning subculture of Yogis and Vedic enthusiasts to explore, learn, and grow on every level.

Featuring:

Globally-celebrated speakers, authors, yogi(ni)s, and social change activists
Beyond-introductory topics in Yoga, Ayurveda, Jyotish, Vastu, Mantra, Meditation, and Yantra
In-depth 1.25-hour workshops and yoga classes
3-hour immersions with master teachers
A schedule that supports ease in the experience
Open concerts during workshop breaks
An energetically-aligned and beautiful venue with fantastic exhibitors
100% of net profit from our incredible fundraising events go directly to YogaGivesBack and Mother Om Mission!

You may get more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.vedamela.com/tickets/

YOUSSOU N’DOUR, LOS ANGELES (CA), NOVEMBER 6TH 2015


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Dubbed as “One of the World’s greatest singers” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Senegal’s own Youssou N’Dour will be performing at Walt Disney Concert Hall. You may purchase tickets here: http://www.laphil.com/tickets/youssou-ndour/2015-11-06

Born in Dakar in 1959, Youssou N’Dour is a passionate singer, composer, bandleader, and producer whose strikingly expressive voice transformed both the mbalax music of his native Senegal and Western pop. N’Dour returns to the U.S. in September 2014 with his band, the Super Étoile, who have recorded and toured the world with N’Dour for nearly 30 years. With his traditional griot oral history, Wolof lyrics, and praise-singing with Afro-Cuban arrangements N’Dour was named “African Artist of the Century” by the English publication fRoots and to the TIME 100— Time magazine’s annual list of “the hundred men and women whose power, talent, or moral example is transforming the world.” N’Dour was the subject of the documentary I Bring What I Love, about Senegal’s divided reaction to his Grammy Award-winning album Egypt, a deeply spiritual album dedicated to a more tolerant view of Islam (both the album and the documentary soundtrack were released by Nonesuch). In 2013 N’Dour was awarded Sweden’s prestigious Polar Music Prize.

He has traced the roots of his griot (traditional oral historian) heritage, and explored his Muslim faith and its sonic impact by collaborating with Egyptian musicians, winning a Grammy for his efforts.

For N’Dour, this freedom and directness translates into a stronger medium for the messages that he, too, has dedicated his career to spreading. His voice has launched Senegalese social movements (“Set” became a rallying cry for urban youth activists in 1994). His songs have whipped up international support in the fight against malaria (2009’s “Fight Malaria”) and for women’s rights (1989’s “Shaking the Tree” with Peter Gabriel), to name just a few of the issues N’Dour has addressed. His work as a UNICEF ambassador—and as a global pop star dubbed “the world’s most famous singer” by Rolling Stone—has taken him across the planet.

On his travels, the importance of those who had gone before hit home, musicians like Bob Marley who hailed from long-denigrated places and yet managed to parlay powerful music into global stardom and a new social consciousness. “When I started traveling, I started seeing how Bob Marley had affected the world. I saw how someone from an underdeveloped country can become a star, someone who’s really loved,” N’Dour explains. “He was my example. I knew looking at Bob Marley that I could do my music from Senegal and touch the world.”

“Reggae gives you more space than mbalax. You have more room to breathe,” N’Dour reflects. “You know the rhythm and the emotion, exactly what the song is saying to you. It’s very direct at its heart.”

In reggae, N’Dour also heard the powerful transits that music from Africa made, as slavery ripped people and sounds from their homelands: “When people were taken from Africa, the music left, too.” Reggae’s African heart had long intrigued N’Dour, whether listening to Marley songs in the market or at home on his uncle’s records. He fantasized about taking his catchy yet moving songs and letting them unfold in a new reggae context.

TASTE OF SOUL 2015, LOS ANGELES (CA), OCTOBER 17TH 2015


Taste of Soul LA  2015 is one of the most anticipated events of the city as 300,000 plus residents flood the Baldwin-Hills Crenshaw area to taste American Soul food as well as various foods from the Carribean, South America and Africa. There are numerous radio-sponsored musical stages where renowned R&B Singers & groups such as Joe Thomas, Monica, Angie Stone, Mint Condition and Gospel singer Deitrick Haddon perform. You will also encounter craft vendors as well as different companies advertising their products and services.

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International celebrities from the area such as 90s female rap star Yo-Yo often come to support their community. Wolof Times staff including myself, Sunny Moore and Batani Khalfani were of course in attendance to enjoy the different festivities.

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Joe Thomas headlined the festival and was the last act to perform to the delight of the numerous females fans enthralled by his smooth voice and sex-appeal.

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Angie Thomas graced the audience with her soulful voice and inspiring conscious message backed by an array of sultry background singers.

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Mint Condition displayed their range as vocalists and musicians to the 90s nostalgics.

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Gospel singer Deitrick Haddon came in full-force with his massive choir backing him.

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The iconic Lula Washington Dance Theatre is located on Crenshaw Boulevard and took advantage of the event to showcase its dance talents which performed R&B, Ballet, Cuban and African dance routines for the event goers.

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The event had significant success and is a much needed financial boost to the local economy.

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DANCE & DRUM FESTIVAL, POMONA (CA), OCTOBER 9TH-11TH 2015


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The 4th Annual Dance & Drum Festival, organized by African Dance professor Jewel Jackson “Sista Jewel” also Director of African Soul International, is becoming increasingly popular with yearly attendees from California, Utah, New-York, Ohio etc…The festival took place at Cal Poly Pomona and featured master dance teachers from West Africa (Guinea, Senegal) and the Diaspora (USA, Cuba) including Youssouf Koumbassa, Mareme Faye, Jeffrey Page, Djeneba Sako, Mouminatou Camara, Babacar N’Diaye, Assane Konte and Djian Tie, with specialties in Guinean, Senegalese and Cuban dances.

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The dance classes were all accompanied by professional Djembe, Sabar and Conga players. There were professional as well as amateur dancers taking 1h30-2h long classes, three to four times a day. Some of these dancers also took part in Saturday night’s main event on stage which showcased dancing combined with acting, similarly to African Ballet or Broadway Theater.

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At the end of the main event, Sista Jewel took the time to thank African Dance pioneers within the community and nationwide for their contributions dating as far back as the 60s. Special recognitions were given to Nzingha Camara, Ndella Davis-Diassy, Mareme Faye, Mami Aleke and Assane Konte to name a few.

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The festival was a success and really emphasized a sense of community, education and respect for the elders and ancestors.

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JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL, JOSHUA TREE (CA), OCTOBER 8TH-11TH 2015


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The 2015 Joshua Tree Music Festival located near the Joshua Tree National Park was a colossal triumph, with the desert campground of less dense forests, bare rocks, lake with fauna as a backdrop. This was a weekend for dancing, conscious consumption, broadening, purging and enjoyment. This Music Festival celebrated the diversity and energy of art, crafts, bass, genres, sampled loops, echo-percussions and interactive stretching. Its vibrational frequency injected fire and sentiment into every soul vigorously holding attention until the very last serenade. The Festival presented Yoga, Chakra cleansing with essential oils, tuneful lyrists, soul catching rhythms and art work. Timbuktu State Art by Aly Kourouma (Senegal) displayed creations and illustrated dips of Afrocentric allegory. Timbuktu State’s oeuvre canvas paintings welded texture and bold mix of empowering abstracts. The music line-up was chockfull of musicians, one of the top liners being Daby Toure also from Senegal.

imageSuch a celestial voice, masterful guitar work and catchy melodies. From the first time hearing Daby Touré- the heart lud dubs along, head nodding to guitar and souls entrenched by the melodic hooks. Selections traveled to relationships, family, freedom, peace heaven, continents and cultures. Daby’s lyrics showcased sincerity, such an universal vibe. Easygoing pop fusion style!! He pinned ears back in the crowd. Great festival jam-packed of melodious vibrations skyrocketing the ethers.

Aminah Tolbert is a worldwide reporter and photographer, for Wolof Times.

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