Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Felix "Pupy" Insua, bailando columbia

Check out this video I found on youtube. The great Pupy Insua, a Cuban expat who has been on this side of the Gulf for over 10 years at this point. He has danced with all of the major NY groups, Puntilla's Nueva Generacion, Los Afortunados, Ilu Aye, Oriki Omi Oddara, etc...

(Video Credit: Obbalubbe)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

El Tambor Llama - 4.25.2009

Painting by José Orbein

City Lore
in collaboration with
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture

(The Drum Calls)

Sacred Drumming Traditions of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hostos Community College/CUNY
450 Grand Concourse at 149 St. The Bronx

This program will look at the connections between Afro-Cuban, Afro-Dominican, and Haitian sacred drumming traditions and some of the other cultural expressions connected to them. The day-long program would feature a keynote speaker, dance and music performances of the three traditions, panel discussions of scholars discussing the languages—poetic and ritual—of the three cultures, and the Congo heritage in the Caribbean, and an exhibit of the line drawings common to all traditions.


1:00pm, Keynote address
"The Kongo Atlantic Visual Tradition"
Dr. Robert Farris Thompson

2:00-3:45pm, Panel discussion
"Voices of the Sacred: Abakuá, Lucumí and Vodoú"
Dr. Oluseye Adesola, Dr. Ivor Miller, Dr. Lois Wilcken

4:00-5:45pm, Panel discussion
"¿Qué palo es? What Congo tradition are you from?"
Dr. Martha Ellen Davis, Alex LaSalle, Dr. Ivor Miller, Dr. Marta Moreno Vega
Moderator: Dr. Roberta Singer

7:30-9:30pm, Concert
Pa'lo Monte, La Troupe Makandal, Proyecto Enyenison Enkama
Emcee: Ned Sublette

All day long in the lobby there will be an exhibition of artwork related to these traditions by José Orbein, Kesler Pierre, and Osvaldo Sánchez, as well as books for sale.

Admission for the concert: $15 (all other events are free)
For tickets please call the Hostos Box Office at 718-518-4455 or go to Hostos events website.

For more information please call City Lore at 212-529-1955 x306 or emartinez@citylore.org.

Subway direction to Hostos Community College: #2, 4, 5 stop right there at 149th St. & Grand Concourse.

Funding provided by National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Sherman Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts and New York Council for the Humanities.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Alma Moyo @ Camaradas 4.23.09

playing Bomba de Puerto Rico, from the sounds and rhythms of our ancestors
9:00 PM
NEW YORK, NY 10035

" When you don't have community, you are not listened to. You don't have a place you can go to and feel that you really belong. You don't have people to affirm who you are to support you in bringing forward your gifts. This disempowers the psyche, making you vulnerable to consumerism and all the things that come along with it."
Sobonfu Somé, Dagara people West Africa

With that said we realize that community, "true community", is a necessity that we can not afford to live with out. So come out and join in celebration with your community and if you are not yet part of this great community, the African Caribbean Community, become part of it by dancing to the sound of Puerto Rico's oldest living African tradition "La Bomba" with New York City's most Incredible Bomba group Alma Moyo.
We will be celebrating at

Camaradas Bar & Restaurant (115th street & 1st Ave.)
Thursday April 23rd at 9pm. $5

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