Tuesday, November 25, 2008

[Wadabo_updates] Uhuru Afrika - Afro Dance Event; Fundraiser in Honor of World AIDS Day

Adam Gibbons proudly presents the launch of

Uhuru Afrika: A Monthly Spirited Afro Dance Celebration

Thursday December 4th, from 9 pm - 1 am

at AllAsia Bar 

334 Mass Ave in Central Square, Cambridge - www.allasiabar.com

In Celebration of a Continent, Its People & Culture
and in honor and awareness of World AIDS Day, 100% of profit from this 12/4 event will be donated to Next Aid for their work in South Africa to better the lives or children orphaned by AIDS.

Adam Gibbons | Vanessa Guzman | Ayano'onay Strickland  

Boston, Ma – December 4th, 2008 – Uhuru Afrika, A soulful, spirited and conscious Afro Dance event will feature DJ's Adam Gibbons (Boston, MA), Sabine (Brooklyn, NY), & Max Pela (Dominican Republic). With Live African Percussion. This Uhuru Afrika will be a fundraising event for the non-profit Next Aid for their World AIDS Day initiative. 100% of profit from this event will be donated to Next Aid for their work in South Africa to better the lives or children orphaned by AIDS. The first monthly Uhuru Afrika will take place at AllAsia Bar (334 Mass Ave in the Central Square area of Cambridge) on Thursday December 4th, from 9 pm - 1 am.


Showcasing a fresh new concept in nighttime entertainment, lounge, dance and celebration. The purpose is to celebrate and spread the vibrant culture rooted in the continent of Africa, and all of its branches that have stretched far and wide by means of the diaspora. Showcasing the Music, Arts and Ritual of the people of Africa. Uhuru Afrika will Feature DJs spinning an eclectic mix of music from, or inspired by the continent, Live Instrumentalists, Film, Libations and African Arts. Uhuru Afrika however, is not just about dancing, music and drinks. Rather, we want to create a communal experience - people coming together, using music as a mode of fellowship and release. Though this environment is rooted in Africa-diasporic tradition, this event is geared towards an eclectic crowd with all ethnicities, religious, cultural and social backgrounds. This is about creating a positive, worldly, uplifting atmosphere.


Adam Gibbons

Phone: (617) 755-9795



The Music:

Africa is arguably the center of the world and the birthplace of man. With this comes the birthplace of music. Africa is home to many styles of music, and has given birth, through the African diaspora or, slave trade to many more. Our DJs skillfully select music from this grand stream of music that Includes AfroBeat, AfroSoul and Funk, AfroHouse, Reggae, Dub, Salsa, Bossa Nova, SoulJazz, Kwaito, Yoruba, AfroCuban Jazz and many more. This collection of music, programmed together in one evening, under one roof, isn't readily available, or known to even exist to the general population of this city. We hope that through word of mouth and with the help of the media, we can bring it to them. 

Crowd Participation:

In order to accentuate the rhythm in the music, We will be providing various instruments for the crowd to pick up and join in on the musical creative process. Community instruments such as tambourines, shekeres and hand-drums will be on site.

The Venue: All Asia Bar:

Big clubs are a focal point for the masses, but often at the sacrifice of homogenizing the personal connection with people. Instead, we are going for a small, intimate and hospitable venue. Instead of attempting to acquire 600+ participants during a night, we are perfectly happy with 100-150 people that are serious and light-hearted about creating a positive, uplifting landscape that will facilitate an environment not easily found in the city. A place where people come together to connect with each other under the umbrella of a conscious and positive musical experience instead of the mainstream superficial interaction. We sought out that perfect intimate venue where if the lighting and decoration is right, coupled with the music and incense in the air… you could blink your eyes and be tricked that you were in a local hangout in Dakar, Nairobi or Lagos.

About Adam Gibbons:

Called "Boston's best kept secret" by Decontrol Magazine, Working in the industry for over 15 years, Adam Gibbons has been producing and spinning events for just about as long as he can remember. Through mind, body and soul, Gibbons is a music lover and strives to share his passion with the crowds he plays for. Whether it is in Miami at the Winter Music Conference, in Detroit at the Movement Festival, or any other city he frequents, Gibbons' selections range from soulful, deep, Afro-Latin, and vocal house music, Afro beat, disco and various underground classics and works to create a reciprocal positive energy with his crowd.

Adam has worked with such heavyweights as Bebel Gilberto, De La Soul, Grammy winner Louie Vega, Ron Trent, Osunlade, King Britt, Thievery Corporation, LTJ Bukem, Yerba Buena and many others. Adam has also studied African Hand Percussion with Bob Bloom, Facilty Advisor at the Olatunji Institute, learning the Olatunji method of traditional Yoruba hand percussion and has traveled the US bringing his sound to some of the countries hottest parties. His events have been featured in multiple newspaper and magazine features and his long running Soul Revival party was labled one of the Top 10 parties in the US by Rolling Stone Magazine. He is currently studying the sacred West African religion of Ifá through its texts.

His party, Soul Revival, was Boston's longest running event and has gained international recognition. Rolling Stone magazine named it one of the best parties in America and wrote, "For the past ten years, spiritual-minded partiers have gathered every Saturday of the full moon at Villa Victoria, a former church, for this throwdown." URB Magazine, referred to it as one of the hottest parties in the nation for house music, and said that the party was "a direct link to the days of the Paradise Garage."

View his myspace.com page at -   http://www.myspace.com/djadamgibbons 
View His Artise Site at 

See Adam in Action @ the 2008 Loom Fest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4efaugYdyE 

About DJ Sabine:

One of NYC's hottest upcoming DJs, Sabine is already making a big  commotion on the House music scene with her energetic DJ sets fusing heavy influences of Afro-Latin and her native Haitian music into a Techy House sound. Also, a certified energy healer and acupuncturist, Sabine uses the same energetic approach to healing as she does to spinning. Her party Brooklyn Mecca is exactly that, a Mecca of sorts, for the hottest underground dancers and hip music aficionados to gather and pay homage to the groove. She has been spinning for years and has shared the turntables with the likes of Joe Claussell, Ian Friday, Osunlade, Carlos Mena and many more.

View her myspace page at -   " http://www.myspace.com/djsabine 

View her parties myspace page at -   http://www.myspace.com/brooklynmecca 

About Max Pela:

Recently transplanted to the Boston area but born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Latin America's new Mecca for electronic music. Max Pela started his musical journey as a percussionist learning Jazz, Blues, Rock, and the different ethnic rhythms from the Dominican Republic and Haiti. He is known for the cool and fresh sounds that take you on a journey throughout paradise and the eternal warmth of summer on every track that he spins.

He began spinning by the late 90's and became the resident DJ of Ocho Puertas. Spinning on such prestige clubs like Abacus, Almodobar, Fusion Rose, Pop Lounge, XXO, and Spot Cafe and on Visionario On Tha Radio 95.7Fm in the Dominican Republic. In the United States has played at Soul Funktion Radio, Shine Lounge, Aria, WRGP 88.1 & 95.3FM Miami, Circa28, Love Lounge, Stop Miami, Bullfrog Eatz, Club Rain and Jowas Lounge. Working with local and international DJs Offbeat, Saeed Younan, Carlos Mena, King Britt, OrganicArma, Marco Bailey, Hyper, Mr. O'neil, Roberto Zayas among others.

His passion is none other than House Music, and some of its variations like Vocal House, Soulful House, Deep House, Afro House and Tribal House. Some of his mayor musical influences are Little Louie Vega (MAW), Osunlade, Danny Tenaglia, Miguel Migs, Steve Lawler, Peter Tha Zouk, Dj Vibe, Chus & Ceballos, Bruno Marciano, Peace Division, Thievery Corporation, Jazzanova, Atjazz....

Max Pela adds that he is constantly seeking variety, uncommon sounds in each genre, the mixture of these genres, creativity and the search for that specific sound, and his fondness for non-conventional producers, of newer generations.

View his myspace page at -   http://www.myspace.com/djmaxpela 

Press Photos available at the artist web links above, or contact for high-res images

View The Event Website & preview the 70minute "Uhuru Afrika : Volume 1" DJ Mix
by Adam Gibbons Here> http://www.uhuruafrika.com

View the Going.com listing here> http://www.going.com/UhuruAfrika

Venue Site Here> All Asia Bar: 

Next Aids website here> http://www.nextaid.org

[Wadabo_updates] Balla Tounkara & Groupe Spirit play 12/6

Springstep Performance Series presents

African Winter
Featuring Balla Tounkara & Groupe Spirit
Saturday, December 6, 2008, 8pm
98 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford Square
Tickets: $19 General, $16 Student/Senior (Series Subscription Packages also available)
To purchase tickets, call 781.395.0402 or visit www.springstep.org

Medford — On Saturday, December 6th, 2008, the Springstep Performance Series is proud to present African Winter: Balla Tounkara and Groupe Spirit.  Hailing from Mali, West Africa, Balla Tounkara is a master kora player and one of the most popular artists on the World Music scene.  He and his band Groupe Spirit perform an exciting, spicy blend of danceable music fusing African, Latin, Funk, Reggae, Jazz, and Blues musical stylings.
Tounkara's ancestors were African bards known as "griots" who passed on the history, traditions, songs, and stories of the Mendeng people in the oral tradition.  Known himself as "The Griot of Boston," Tounkara learned to play the kora (the original 21 string harp of Africa) as a child and honed his skills through years of strict discipline and commitment.  Under the tutelage of his internationally acclaimed grandfathers, Batrou Sekou Kouyate and Samakou Tounkara, he learned to respect the significance of this royal music, becoming a master kora player and vocalist in his own right. 
In keeping with the new format of Springstep's Performance Series, this eclectic show will be followed by interactive time with the artists, and a chance for audience members to learn a little African dance and music themselves!

Never seen or heard an African kora? 
Watch a video clip of Balla Tounkara on our website!

About the Springstep Performance Series
Designed to be both entertaining and educational, Springstep's annual Performance Series presents traditional and contemporary music and dance from a diverse array of cultures.  Upcoming shows in the 2008-2009 Season include:

January 31: Burning Down the House - Scottish music & whiskey tasting,featuring Parcel of Rogues 
February 14: Flamenco on Firefeaturing La Conja with Aaron Larget-Caplan (Special Valentine's Day Wine & Tapas Event)
April 4:  Revolutions: Martial Dance from Brazil, India & China,featuring Brazilian Capoeira, Indian Kalari Ppayattu, and Chinese Wu-shu
May 16: Triptych: Celtic Song & Dancefeaturing Kieran Jordan, Laura Risk, and Paddy League

For more information, call 781.395.0402 or visit http://springstep.org/?q=programs/performanceseries

Monday, November 24, 2008

[Wadabo_updates] African and Diaspora classes at the Dance Complex this holiday...


The Complex re-opens for the weekend with regular hours
Saturday & Sunday, November 29th & 30th. 

The following classes at the Dance Complex are CANCELED:
Wed 11/26 - Seydou's African class (730-9) & Deraldo's Capoeira (730-9)
Thu 11/27 - Lamine & Paa's Sabar class (630-8)
Fri 11/28 - Fatou Carol's African class (6-730)
Sat 11/29 - Deraldo's Samba (130-3) & Capoeira (3-5)

The following classes at the Dance Complex are BEING HELD:
Sat 11/29 - Jean's Haitian (130-3) & Fatou's African (430-6)
Sun 11/30 - Jean's Modern (11-1230), Reynaldo's Cuban (130-3, Lizz Cannon sub),
Pape's Sabar (130-3), Joh's African (3-430)

Happy Eating and hope to see you burning it off in class...
The DC

All classes are at The Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave, Central Sq, Cambridge, MA
Full schedule available at www.DanceComplex.org 

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Hi Providence folks,

Seydou and Isssa will not be holding class this coming Sunday. Classes will resume Sunday, December 7 (the Sunday after Thanksgiving weekend).

But luckily for us, we have a Samba teacher in town! Details below. 

Happy Thanksgiving!


This week only!

Two Brazilian Samba classes in Providence.

May-Li Khoe will be teaching:

Wednesday Nov 5:30p-7:00p 
(take a break from Thanksgiving preparations)
Saturday Nov 9:30a-11:00a 
(work off that Thanksgiving dinner)

80 Dexter Street, Providence

May-Li Khoe has danced for as long as she can remember – in the last twenty-five years she has performed a wide variety of forms, including
Colombian, Hula, Tahitian, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and contemporary Indian dance. May-Li has danced Brazilian samba for over five years, and has performed at a wide variety of events both in Seattle and San Francisco. She currently performs and substitute teaches for Energia Do Samba with Maisa Duke in San Francisco, the home of this nation's oldest Carnaval Parade. Energia Do Samba focuses on Bahia-style samba, which emphasizes unbounded joy and playfulness. In this class, May-Li will go over the basics of samba and samba reggae, and then take you through a full-fledged shakin' routine!

for further inquiries email - siulik@yahoo.com

[Wadabo_updates] New York African New Year's Eve Celebration

The Whole World is Ready to Celebrate, and So Are We!!!
The Pan-African Arts Marketing Company, Tazia Inc, invites you to celebrate the end of a landmark year and the beginning of a new era, as marked by the election of Barack Obama as the first Black president of the United States! Master Senegalese artist, Pape N'Diaye, has invited the hottest names in African dance and music to party with us, including mbalax music star DJIBY DRAME who will grace the stage in concert during this HUGE two-day New Year's celebration! 
When: December 31, 2008 - New Year's Eve Party (11pm-4am), and January 1, 2009 - Djiby Drame Concert (11pm-4am)
Location: All of this will be happening at the exclusive Harlem Supper Club (formerly Cherry Lounge), the most spacious and sophisticated party location in Harlem, NY!
Address: 454 W. 128th St, New York, NY 10027. (Between Amsterdam Ave and Convent Ave -- D train to W. 125th St)
Tickets: $25 in advance / $30 at the door (each event). Get tickets online now at www.taziainc.com/taziatickets!
More information below and online at www.taziainc.com!
New Year's Eve Party!
Dec 31, 2008  - THE HARLEM SUPPER CLUB, NY - 11pm 'til 4am
This December 31st, we will dance our way into 2009 at the up-and-coming Harlem Supper Club in Harlem, NY! Complete with live drumming by the hottest djembe and sabar artists in African music, guest appearances by your favorite African dance artists, and a special music performance by African singing sensation, Djiby Drame, this party will keep you energized for years to come!  
Click here for more info!

Djiby Drame in Concert, Jan 1, 2009!
JAN 1, 2009 - THE HARLEM SUPPER CLUB, NY - 11pm 'til 4am
We are bringing the hottest in afro-pop (mbalax) music straight from West Africa to Harlem NY for a special New Year's Day concert that you will not want to miss! African music star Djiby Drame will be performing live at the exclusive Harlem Supper Club along side the best African mbalax musicians in town!  
Click here for more info!
See you at the celebration!


The Pan-African Arts Marketing Company
Visit http://www.taziainc.com/ to see what's going on in your pan-African arts community!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

[Wadabo_updates] Drum Classes with Alisko Diabate

Arababedi, This weekend AND the next, Alisko Diabate is in town, then off to Guinea!

 Get your doundouns out for some Guinea Conakry power.

- Saturday Nov 22nd, 4-6 pm, Cambridge, MA.
Margaret Fuller House on 71 Cherry Street (off Main Street), Central Square.

- Sunday Nov 23rd, 4-6 pm, Cambridge, MA.
Location TBD, Cambridge.

- Saturday Nov 29th, (post turkey energizer), 1-3pm, 
Location TBD, Cambridge.

call: 617-510-1489 for details, or email mateja@sambalololnet, or djelikunda@gmail.com


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

[Wadabo_updates] Message 407564

Monday, November 17, 2008

[Wadabo_updates] Learn Dance from Ghana - THIS WEDNESDAY & SUNDAY!

Dear African Music & Dance Community, 

Don't miss 3 master classes on Ewe (EH-vay) dance from Ghana, taught by world-renowned Ghanaian Master Dancer Nani Agbeli, himself. Mr. Agbeli, who hails from the Ewe region of Ghana, West Africa, will be in Boston Nov. 15-Dec. 7 as an artist-in-residence at Tufts University. Come join the party: 


Nov. 19, 6:00-7:30pm & Nov. 23, 12noon-1:30pm


Wednesday Dec. 3, 6:00-7:30pm

If you take all three classes, they are only $10 each!

Whether you are new to West African dance, or simply looking to tackle a beautiful tradition that is normally hard to find in Boston, Mr. Agbeli's teaching will inspire and challenge all ability levels. Set to live drumming of top area musicians, including Jerry Leake and Jeremy Cohen, this is a major cultural event not to be missed! Discount with pre-registration: 1 class = $15 / 2 classes = $25 / all 3 classes = $30. To register or for more information contact Jeremy Cohen at: 617.833.5207

All classes are held at The Dance Complex 536 Mass Ave, in Central Sq. Cambridge, MA.  

Jeremy Cohen
Founder/Director, ThisWorldMusic

[Wadabo_updates] busy weekend at the BeeHive - lamine, zili, balla, more. .. .

It's a busy weekend at the Beehive (http://www.beehiveboston.com/). Always free music, always a
great crowd, always a great time.

This week:
* Thursday: Lamine Toure & Groupe Saloum (http://www.myspace.com/groupsaloum)
* Friday: Zili Misik (http://www.myspace.com/zilimisik) - All Female Band Bringing African,
Caribbean, American Soul to Boston and the nation!
* Saturday: Balla Kouyate & World Vision (more below)
* Sunday: NOT AT BEEHIVE (but still awesome): Rubble Bucket Orchestra @ Johnny D's

As always, check out the Boston Modern Global Music calendar for upcoming awesome shows:


Balla and his group, World Vision, will play at The Beehive in Boston on SAT 11/22. It's a pretty
hip club that also serves food. It was opened by Berklee professors and alum. Only diners get a
table and I believe it must be reserved. We saw James Belushi there. He got up and belted up a blues
tune with the band and played the harmonica. Anyways, entry is free. The band goes on at 10 PM and
plays til around 1:30 AM. Here are the details:

SATURDAY November 22, 2008
10 PM - 1:30 AM
The Beehive (in the Cyclorama building)
541 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
617.423.0069 (call to reserve table or do it online)
parking is on the street, valet parking available

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

[Wadabo_updates] Lamine Toure & Group Saloum Perform Friday, 11/14


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14th at 9:30 pm
at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge!

1667 Massachusetts Ave
between Harvard & Porter Squares
Just $10 * great food * great bar * room to dance!

Saturday, November 20th, 2008 at 10 pm at The Beehive
Friday, December 5th, 2008 at 9:30pm at The Lizard Lounge

...then NO SHOWS until Spring 2009!

Group Saloum is: Lamine Toure (sabar and lead vocals), Paa Seck (sabar), Moha Seck (sabar), Michael Lewis (drums), Wusef (bass), Dai Miyazaki (lead guitar), Akili Jamal Haynes (trumpet, percussion and backing vocals), Yujung Jung (keyboards), Erin Blatti (backing vocals), and Sarah Privler (trombone).

For more info, visit
http://www.laminetoure.com or

For venue info, visit

Monday, November 10, 2008

[Wadabo_updates] Dance and Music from Ghana with Nani Agbeli STARTING THIS WEEKEND!


ThisWorldMusic is proud to present a series of performances and dance & music workshops with Master Drummer & Dancer, Nani Agbeli, in November in Eastern Massachusetts. Mr. Agbeli, who hails from the Ewe region of Ghana, West Africa, will be in Boston Nov. 15-Dec. 7 as an artist-in-residence at Tufts University.

STARTING THIS WEEKEND, Check out performances and music workshops in Milford and Longmeadow, MA, followed by New England Conservatory and the Boston Symphony Orchestra (for BSO info, click here). For dates, times and locations, you can check out our recently updated 2008-2009 schedule here.

STARTING NEST WEEK, Check out our series of 3 master classes on Ewe (EH-vay) dance from Ghana, taught by world-renowned Ghanaian Master Dancer Nani Agbeli, himself. Come join the party: 

Wednesday Nov. 19, 6:00-7:30pm

Sunday Nov. 23, 12noon-1:30pm

& Wednesday Dec. 3, 6:00-7:30pm

at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA.  

Whether you are new to West African dance, or simply looking to tackle a beautiful tradition that is normally hard to find in Boston, Mr. Agbeli's teaching will inspire and challenge all ability levels. Set to live drumming of top area musicians, including Jerry Leake and Jeremy Cohen, this is a major cultural event not to be missed! Discount with pre-registration: 1 class = $15 / 2 classes = $25 / all 3 classes = $30. To register or for more information contact Jeremy Cohen at: 617.833.5207

And then ThisWorldMusic goes to Africa! We will be putting the "World" in ThisWorldMusic with an intensive 3-week drum-and-dance cultural field study to Ghana, a West African nation rich in music and dance. The course, being run through UMass Amherst, is currently slated to take place late July-early August. More details to follow. 

So, keep checking our website for awesome pics, cool new videos and a continually updated workshop schedule. As always, keep it funky!

Jeremy Cohen
Founder/Director, ThisWorldMusic

[Wadabo_updates] Correction - Bouba & SambaLolo play Nov 22 ONLY!


November 11th & November 18th - CANCELED

SATURDAY, November 22nd, 11pm - STILL ON!!!
The Precinct Bar  | 70 Union Square, Somerville | No cover, food served until 11pm | 617.623.9211 |www.PrecinctBar.com 

SambaLolo, featuring Boubacar Diabate, West African Griot from Mali, combines traditional rhythms with modern influences to form a unique style of contemporary Malian Griot music. Singing in Bambara, Diabate tells stories of common shared human experiences such as of love, life and humanity. Through the age-old West African tradition of Griot storytelling, Diabate brings the audience on a musical journey that is embellished with accents of Jazz, Blues and Reggae. For more information about Boubacar Diabate and SambaLolo visit: www.SambaLolo.net or www.myspace.com/sambalolo

Saturday, November 08, 2008

[Wadabo_updates] Boubacar Diabate & SambaLolo - 3 shows in November!

November at The Precinct Bar  | 70 Union Square, Somerville | No cover, food served until 10pm Sun-Wed, 11pm Thu-Sat | 617.623.9211 |www.PrecinctBar.com 

Mark your calendars: 
Tuesday, November 11th, 10pm
Tuesday, November 18th, 10pm
Friday, November 22nd, 11pm

SambaLolo, featuring Boubacar Diabate, West African Griot from Mali, combines traditional rhythms with modern influences to form a unique style of contemporary Malian Griot music. Singing in Bambara, Diabate tells stories of common shared human experiences such as of love, life and humanity. Through the age-old West African tradition of Griot storytelling, Diabate brings the audience on a musical journey that is embellished with accents of Jazz, Blues and Reggae. For more information about Boubacar Diabate and SambaLolo visit: www.SambaLolo.net or www.myspace.com/sambalolo

Friday, November 07, 2008

[Wadabo_updates] More progress with Abdoulaye Diakite

Hello WADABO Community,
Just as I felt obliged to share the news about Abdoulaye's accident with you, I feel equally compelled to share this update with you.  Please see the message below as Abdoulaye Diakite continues to show improvement in his health.  I want to thank WADABO for posting these messages, and thank the community for your support and positive energy.     

Jennifer L. Thermenos

To: drumndancegrl-list@yahoo.com
From: leah151@sbcglobal.net
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2008 14:28:21 -0800
Subject: [dununvillage] More progress for Abdoulaye!

Hello Drum/Dance friends,
Just one week later and Abdoulaye is showing some marked improvements and recovery!  He has undergone a bit of physical therapy while sitting up in bed as they moved his limbs around and asked him questions to get his cognitive functions churning.  He is responding and speaking a word or two or sometimes short sentences and beginning to recognize certain people and their names.  I'm told some of his 'sass' is already returning!  
He is undergoing a battery of tests to assess his current state and determine how much trauma his system has undergone but so far, things are looking pretty good.  There have been some very positive developments and it just shows us what we already knew...that Abdoulaye is a fighter (when it comes to what matters anyway)!  Between his fortitude and all of you across the world with your prayers, thoughts and good wishes, he is making a swift comeback! 
For those of you who have some history with Abdoulaye, if you have any pictures of say Tambacounda and/or his family, audio with him telling history, or any video, it would be great if you could bring it to share with him as it may assist him with regaining familiarity and memory. 
One final note I'd like to share is concerning a way to help out in this situation.  Drumskull Drums is volunteering to organize and receive donations on Abdoulaye's behalf.  Please read here for complete info: http://www.drumskulldrums.com/en2/5/news,_events_&_links.php  "One major concern given this situation is the financial state that this leaves Abdoulaye's family in. Many people in Senegal rely on him daily. At this time DrumSkull Drums is accepting donations to help support Abdoulaye, his family in Senegal and his family here who have literally stopped working to be there for him at all times. Please offer up anything that you can afford."
Thank you all for your concern, caring and all of your positive energy during this last hectic week.  It's inspiring to be reminded of what a great community we have here.
Warm regards,

[Wadabo_updates] African Contemporary Dance performed with LIVE music 11/14 & 11/15

Dear African Dance and Music Community,

Witness this meeting of worlds:

A mixture of Contemporary, African and Haitian dance set to Indian tabla, Haitian & West African rhythms & balafon!

Darya Pinton will be presenting her own choreography set to an original score performed LIVE in collaboration with  Darren Beaudet (on tabla) and Boubacar Diabate (on percussion & balafon).


4 Choreographer / Composer Collaborations

11/14 - 11/15 @ 8:00 PM,

@ The Dance Complex - 536 Mass. Ave, Cambridge, MA

4 X 4 = Choreographer Composer Collaborations; An Evening of Live Music + Movement Compositions Driven by the Spirit of Collaboration with:

Darya Marusa Pinton/ Darren Beaudet & Boubacar Diabate
Joy Madden/Juliet Case
Danny Swain/Jane Wang
Ellen Godena/Max Lord

Tickets: $20 general / $15 for BDA Members, Seniors, and Students, Reservations: Please Call: 617-312-5449

Contact: Juliet Case Phone: 617-312-5449 E-mail: jfc6282@hotmail.com



[Wadabo_updates] Special Guest teaches Pape N'Diaye's class tonight!

Greetings African Dance Community!
Please show your support as Pape N'Diaye welcomes Mortala, a hot new artist FRESH from Senegal!!! Mortala is on tour with Senegalese music artist, Fallou Dieng, and has been lighting up stages around the world with his smooth, dynamic, high-energy dance moves! This is a very special treat for Boston, and you will not want to miss it!!!!
Friday, November 7, 2008
at the YWCA of Cambridge
7 Temple Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 
Pape N'Diaye holds regular djembe and sabar African dance classes every Friday and Sunday in Cambridge, MA. Come and sweat with him this weekend!
Fridays 7:30-9:00pm
at the YWCA of Cambridge
Sundays 1:30-3:00pm
at the Dance Complex
YWCA of Cambridge
7 Temple Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Dance Complex
536 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
Take the Redline T to Central Square.
The Cambridge YWCA is one block west of Prospect St.
between Massachusetts Ave. and Bishop Allen St.
If you have questions, feel free to respond to this email, or call 323-684-8298
Pape N'Diaye

Monday, November 03, 2008

[Wadabo_updates] Lecture on Candomble by Priest, Senhor Amilton Costa

Learn about Candomble from a living master
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 at 4PM
William James Hall, Rm. 1 (in the basement)
Corner of Kirkland Ave. and Divinity Ave., Harvard University, Cambridge

Senhor Amilton Costa, Bahian Humbondo (Senior Priests of the Jeje Nation) will lecture about Brazilian Candomblé, drawing on his extensive knowledge and personal experiences. At the end of his lecture, Senhor Costa will take questions from the audience.

Organized by Prof. J. Lorand Matory for his course, Afro-Atlantic Religions, and sponsored by the Department of African and African American Studies, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and the Committee on African Studies at Harvard University.

Adam M. McGee, MTS
Doctoral student
Department of African and African American Studies
Committee on the Study of Religion
Harvard University
PO Box 380602, Cambridge, MA 02238-0602
Email: amcgee@fas.harvard.edu

[Wadabo_updates] Call to Dancers from Akikai Dance

 Saturday November 8 at 5pm
 at OrigiNation, Inc.
 11 Walnut Park, Roxbury

Looking for strong, versatile dancers with backgrounds in
Contemporary dance, African dance, Capoeira, Indian dance,
Contact, Butoh, and any combination thereof.
Upcoming performances in Boston and NYC.

Wendy Jehlen is a Contemporary dancer/choreographer whose
unique approach to movement incorporates elements of a wide
range of dance and movement styles, including South Indian
dance, Butoh, Capoeira, African dance American Sign Language
poetry, and a wide-range of Modern and Contemporary dance
styles. She has performed her choreography in the United
States, Europe, India and Japan. "more than dance"  – India Today
OrigiNation is  located Egleston Square. It  is accessible
by several bus lines, a 10-minute walk from the Orange Line
Stony Brook T-stop and has parking available across the

[Wadabo_updates] Prayers for Abdoulaye Diakite

Hello WADABO community,
Please see the following grave message about a great man, master drummer, and excellent teacher, Abdoulaye Diakite from Tamabacounda, Senegal who now resides in Oakland, Ca.  He has suffered an unfortunate accident in his home which has compromised his health and survival.  The good news is that since this first email I have received word that Abdoulaye is improving, but I know he has a long way to go to a full recovery. 
Above all else over the years, the dance and drum community has shown me the power of unity and good intention.  It is for this reason and with deep respect that I ask the Boston community, as part of a global community, please be made aware of Abdoulaye's situation so that together we can offer healing energy to a man who is truly a symbol of unity and a great contributor to African dance, drum, and awareness in the U.S.
Thank you and please keep dancing and drumming,

Jennifer L. Thermenos

To: drumndancegrl-list@yahoo.com
From: leah151@sbcglobal.net
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 09:46:10 -0700
Subject: [dununvillage] Prayers for Abdoulaye please

Hello Drum & Dance Family,
Hope this message finds you all well as the seasons change and the holidays approach.  I'd like to request something from you all because collectively, we can have a lot of power.  Abdoulaye Diakite, who many of us know well, is in critical condition at Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley.  He suffered carbon monoxide poisoning when trying to heat his room a couple nights ago.  When he was found, he was unconscious and taken to the hospital where he stayed last night and still remains non-responsive.  This is a very critical time for Abdoulaye and what is most needed right now are your prayers for his recovery.  It's a powerful thing so please just take a moment or two to send it out there. 
Thank you all for your support during this uncertain time. 
With gratitude,