Friday, December 31, 2010

[Wadabo_updates] Fatou N'Diaye Returns to Senegal :: Day of Workshops + Concert + Party

Please save the date - Saturday, January 9th

After 20 years of teaching us here in Boston, Fatou N'Diaye is returning to Senegal to retire and spend time with her family there. 

Saturday January 9th will be filled with workshops all day, a performance in the evening, and an after party into the night....

Details will be coming shortly... 

Save the date, come and celebrate Fatou, celebrate with Fatou, and enjoy the community she has been a huge part of creating over these past many years.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

[Wadabo_updates] Rambax Show & Lost Drum Alert

2 emails in 1 day from WADaBo!!! What's happening!?? Apparently lots...

1) Rambax Show @ MIT
2) Moussa Traore Djembe Stolen :: please be on the lookout for his drum!

1) Come dance to the rhythms of....
  R A M B A X   M I T

Senegalese Drum Ensemble
Lamine Toure & Patricia Tang, co-directors

Sunday, Dec 5th, 2010 at 7:00pm
2nd Floor, MIT Student Center
84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Free admission
Sponsored by MIT Music & Theater Arts

2) Moussa Traore Djembe Stolen
Last Wednesday (Nov 24), Moussa Traore's Djembe was stolen from his car while he was at the Super 88 in Allston. It's a beautiful looking & sounding drum - tan wood with a cow skin, red rope and a rubber pad on the bottom. If you see this out and about, at a music store, a pawn shop, or anywhere else, please let Moussa know - or check

Thank you.

[Wadabo_updates] New Class (Ugandan Dance), UhuruAfrika & JUMP!, Seydou Back

Some fun updates in this email:

1) New Dance Class :: Ugandan Dances with Moses Buyondo
Moses Buyondo is a master drummer & choreographer from Buganda (central Buganda kingdom).

The joyous intent and vigorous rhythms of Ugandan tribal dances embrace the wisdom of an ancient culture. The dances themselves are all infused with the regional storytelling traditions and oral histories. Each evening, Master drummer Moses Buyondo will focus on a specific dance: sharing its origin, technique, and significance. As the program progresses, students will benefit from the knowledge of various rhythms while learning the story of a remarkable people in time. The course runs from Dec 2, 2010 to Aug 18, 2011. Students are welcome to attend as many or few as they are able. Each session will cover one specific dance. This course is for adults 18 years of age or older. The fee is $10 per class, on a drop in basis.

Dance Complex :: 536 Mass Ave, Central Sq, Cambridge, MA

For more info, email

2) UhuruAfrika & JUMP! :: there are 3 afro-centric dance parties in December
* Sat, Dec 11 :: UhuruAfrika World AIDS Day benefit @ AllAsia
* Thurs, Dec 16 :: JUMP! w/Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat @ Oberon
* Dec 31, New Years Eve Uhuru Afrika :: feat Julius the Mad Thinker, double percussion @ AllAsia

** Uhuru Afrika : Boston's Afro-Diasporic Dancefloor Explosion Celebrates it's 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
With a NextAID World AIDS Day Benefit!
Saturday December 11th 2010
Featuring your Resident Uhuru Afrika Urban Griots: Adam Gibbons & Max Pela
Live West African Drumming by: Malian Master Percussionist Issa Coulibaly.
Jay Medina will be mastering a live mix of moving images for you.
Uhuru Afrika : AllAsia Bar : 344 Mass Avenue in Cambridge, MA

** Uhuru Afrika's JUMP Returns!!!
With resident urban griots :: Adam Gibbons & Max Pela.
* Malian master percussionist :: Moussa Traore.
* Visual Artist :: Jay Medina.
and very special guests: (all 12 of them!)  KALETA & ZOZO AFROBEAT!
18+ : $10 : 9pm-1am ($5 before 10 pm with password "I Love Afrobeat")

We're taking JUMP! to the roots of our party - to Afrobeat. To the music that inspires our souls and moves our feet, that moves our souls and inspires our feet.

'Zozo' - taken from the Goun and Fon word for 'something hot', truly keeps the Afrobeat fires burning. A 12 piece ensemble from NYC, Zozo Afrobeat features musicians from around the world and is led by African music luminary Kaleta. Born in Benin and raised in Nigeria, Kaleta grew up recording and performing with legendary Nigerian musicians Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade. After moving to the US, Kaleta toured with Femi Kuti and Lauryn Hill.

Like Fela, who used his music to challenge a corrupt Nigerian government, Kaleta writes songs that are socially and politically provocative. At the same time, his lyrics reflect a keen sense of humor and message of hope. 

Come to dance to Zozo's remarkable energy - singing, dancing, cascades of horns, hypnotic Benino-Nigerian rhythms, captivating solos. 

** Uhuru Afrika New Year's Eve FĂȘte!
December 31st 2010 :: !! 9pm-4am !!
:With your urban griots: Adam Gibbons & Max Pela
:Malian master percussionists:  Issa Coulibaly & Moussa Traore
:And very special NYE Set by DJ/Producer: Julius 'The Mad Thinker'
Jay Medina will be mastering a live mix of moving images for you.
+ Organic African Cuisine from each of Africa's Corners of North, South, East & West
+ Fresh Bissop & Baobab AfroCocktails 
+ Complimentary Champagne toast @ Midnight
+ Noisemakers & Favors
+ Explosive, Energetic Dancefloor Experience!
+ Uhuru Afrika totebags full of goodies including our annual Uhuru Afrika New Year's Eve Double CD mixed by Adam Gibbons & Max Pela. 
Advanced Reduced Admission tickets available online now!

More info:

3) Seydou Class Update

Seydou Coulibaly is back from Mali, and ready to share his knowledge and smiles with us. Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9 pm, Dance Complex, $13 (cash), drop-ins welcome! 

As a reminder, Michelle is continuing to teach in Boston, so we can have the best of both worlds. Her class is Monday evenings at 7:30 pm at the YWCA. 

As a reminder, classes are listed on the google calendar here (and updates to this are welcome - please email with updates!! - this is a community collective effort to keep everything up to date!)