Monday, October 25, 2010

[Wadabo_updates] 8th Annual Benefit African Dance Class with Sadio Rosche. Proceeds to supoort her two Ussoforal Schools in Senegal and Guinea Bissau

Sadio Rosche is back and it is time again to support the great work she does with children n Senegal and Guinea Bissau.
For the 8th time Sadio will be teaching as well as sharing information about her schools and the 300 students they serve in Cambridge. She will also have pictures of the students who still need sponsors.  Each year we raise money that goes to help pay the expenses for new construction or maintenance of it, school and medical supplies, drums and costumes, food and the shipping costs of donated second hand clothes.  Your generosity has helped keep her going.
This year thee will also be second Benefit African dance class with Sadio for those, who live in the Concord area and would like to take class and/or contribute to the cause.  
Please come even if you do not intend to take the dance class.   Come watch or just drop in to find out about the schools and how you can help.  There is never a donation too small.  
Come join us this week in Cambridge or Concord;
Thursday October 28, 2010     at the Yoga/Nia for Life Studios, 50 Beharrell St., W. Concord       7:15 - 8:45 pm
Friday, October 29, 2010        at the Dance Complex, 536  Mass Ave, Central Sq., Cambridge      6:00 - 7:30 pm
For more info about the Cambridge benefit African dance class with Sadio or how to contribute and /or foster a child, call Fatou-Carol Sylla or email her at
For more info on the Concord benefit African dance class with Sadio, call Alice Heller at 617-547-4480 or email her at    THANKS to Alice for offering her class in the Concord area for this benefit to happen there.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

[Wadabo_updates] Dance Claases with Sadio Diatta Rosche to BENEFIT her school, Ussofural and its 300 students in Guinea Bissau and Senegal, W Africa

                                                                                                         Two    Benefit                                                                           


   WITH                    SADIO DIATTA ROSCHE


Thursday                  October. 28, 2010                  7:30 – 9:00 pm

Yoga/Nia for Life Studio, 50 Beharrell St., W. Concord


Friday                       October 29, 2010                      6:00 -7:30 pm

     Dance Complex, 536 Mass. Ave, Central Sq, Cambridge


Ussoforal (which means "to join together") is an alternative arts school and dance group that was founded on March 30, 2000, in the Plack II neighborhood of Bissau, Guinea Bissau, and in Ziginchor, Senegal, West Africa. It was established as an alternative to delinquency and idleness for out-of-school children, offering the arts such as traditional dance and theatre instead. The two sites now serve almost 300 children.


In 2002, the money raised from this Cambridge benefit class helped build most of the school's roof.  In 2004, money was raised to help obtain instruments and costumes and to help organize an event to celebrate their 5th anniversary in April, 2005.  Each year, we have helped Sadio continue her great work.  Right now, Ussoforal continues to need help in securing school and sports equipment, basic medicines,  food, money to ship second hand clothing, and building maintenance.        


CLASS DONATION:  $15  in Cambridge and $16 in Concord   All proceeds will go to The Ussoforul School


For more information about the Cambridge benefit class or how to contribute or foster a child, call Fatou-Carol at 617-868-6193 or email

For more info about the Concord benefit class, email Alice Heller at or call 617-547-4480


Friday, October 22, 2010

[Wadabo_updates] New dance class! Mande Dance, Music and Culture

Hi folks- 
I am very excited to announce a new class in Cambridge Starting Monday November 8th
An on-going study of Contemporary African dance class with: 
Michelle Bach-Coulibaly (see bio below) and Moussa Troare from Mali West Africa.


Monday nights
YWCA (Central Sq)
7 Temple St
Cambridge MA

For more information please email Alice Heller at or see 

Class description:
This class will engage each student in a rigorous and detailed physical decoding of Mande Dance and Performance traditions from Mali, West Africa. These  life-cycle, celebratory dances are from the Bambara, Somono, Khassonke, Minianka, Malinke, and Wasalou cultural groups that emphasize Mande concepts of youthfulness, brightness, luminosity, coolness, stability, flexibility, strength, balance and communal healing. Each dance will be taught with a focus upon its cultural context and place in defining a National Patrimony. 

Each class will begin with a thorough warm-up that emphasizes building strength, flexibility, and endurance to efficiently work in the style and vitality of West African Dance, Music and Performance.  The warm-up floor and standing barre is based in Yoga, Pilates, Somatic Studies, and corrective alignment practices.The dances taught are from the Mande region of Mali, with repertory from Contemporary Malian ballet companies including Danse Kelete, Ballet National, District du Bamako, and Troupe Komee Josee.
Michelle is the co-founder and director of the Yeredon Centre for Cultural Preservation and Social Engagement in Mali, West Africa. With Seydou Coulibaly, Michelle Bach-Coulibaly directs cultural exchange and service learning trips to Mali every year with three-five week sessions happening over Winter Break, during planting season in the Spring and two different sessions in the Summer.  The Yeredon Centre is in partnership with The Djoumanzana Orphanage and Community center, The Kafo Association, Madame Togo Orphanage, and numerous NGO's to work on literacy, environmental and public health projects.

Moussa Traore was born and raised in Mali, West Africa. He has been playing the djembe for the past thirty years, and in 1984, after completing a twelve-year apprenticeship, he was deemed a "master" by his teachers, Sega Cisse and Sidiki Bagayogo.  Moussa's teachers are still drumming as Malian elders and are highly respected for their life-long work. For more info on Moussa, please see

[Wadabo_updates] Fatou-Carol back teacheing tonight and Benefit for Ussoforal and Master Class with Sadio Diatta Rosche Friday Oct 29

Fatou-Carol is back and will begin teaching class again tonight.
Sadio Diatta Rosche is also back in town and the annual fundraiser for Sadio's School, Ussoforal , in Guinea Bissau, will be next Friday night, Oct 29.
Sadio will be teaching and also sharing information about her school and the children who still need sponsors.   Each year we raise money for new or maintenance construction as well as costumes, school supplies, food and shipping costs for donated clothes.
Please come and offer what you can.   All class proceeds will go to help Sadio continue her work with the children in Guinea Bissau and in the Casamance region of Senegal.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

[Wadabo_updates] DEBO BAND with Ethiopian Guests from FENDIKA - Monday, Oct 4

with Ethiopian Guests from FENDIKA 
and Zena Bel trio

Monday, October 4th
   5:00 - 10:00 pm 
--DANCE CLASS, Dinner, and Concert--

At the Theater inside the Central Square YMCA
802 Mass Ave, across from City Hall, Cambridge, MA

CONCERT ::: 7:30 - 10:00 pm

***Zena Bel***
This trio brings roots folk azmari music from Ethiopia, sung by Selamnesh Zemene of Fendika, backed by the kebero drumming of Asrat Ayalew and the violin work of Kaethe Hostetter. 

***Debo Band with Fendika guests***
Debo Band kicks out classic Ethiopian grooves of swinging Addis, big horn orchestra style. Wild saxophones and violins over double drums, sousaphone bass, accordion, guitar, and trombone bring the funk jam and new sound on Ethiopian scales and rhythms. Vocalist Bruck Tesfaye of Boston is joined by visiting Ethiopian vocalist Selamnesh Zemene, while Asrat Ayalew doubles Debo's kit drummer with his goatskin kebero drums, backing dancers in a 15-person stage experience. 

Fendika Dancers: Melaku Belay and Zinash Tsegay – traditional, modern, explosive. Called "the sleeper sensation of the Chicago World Music festival," a star of Milwaukee's Global Union, and now returning from New York and East Coast engagements, this tour finale show will be send-off celebration of these Ethiopian guests' time in America in collaboration with Boston-based Debo Band and the dance community. Expect an audience on its feet with children up front and invited onto the dance stage. Not to be missed!

DINNER ::: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Buffet Eritrean-Ethiopian food from Meheret's Kitchen is available for $10 donation per person. Injera and wots of various spices and flavors!  
Or if you aren't eating, chill out or warm up to some DJ beats.

DANCE CLASS ::: 5:00 - 6:00 pm
This Master Class, taught by Melaku Belay and Zinash Tsegay of Fendika, welcomes both trained dancers and anyone interested in traditional Ethiopian dance forms. Melaku is a master of a range of traditional Ethiopian dance forms, from eskista to Gurage and Tigrigna, and he has toured in Europe, North America, and Africa while maintaining an Addis Ababa hotspot of acoustic traditional Ethiopian folk music and dance, where Zinash is the lead female dancer. This demonstration and workshop will give you new skills to try out and insight into the dance stageshow that Melaku and Zinash will perform with Debo Band's concert! Get those shoulders loose ... Contact to reserve a space.

- Concert:  $5 youth,  $10 adults
- Dance class:  $5 youth,  $10 adults 
- Dinner plate:  $10

(Class+concert bargain is $15 adults. Youth prices for 18 and under.)

-- SEE IT, HEAR IT! --

VIDEO, interview and more at

Reviews of this tour at

<Boston Music Awards 2010, Best International Act>