Afrique Aya Rocks Nick Cave At Crystal Bridges

cbridges 027-cropAfrique Aya was honored to be invited to perform at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, around a piece called a “Soundsuit” by Nick Cave, this past Friday.

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Nick Cave, originally from Missouri and now working and teaching in Chicago, is an artist who makes moving costumes from found objects.  See a PBS clip about him here.  And another one here.  And another one here.

The Afrique Aya-Nick Cave convergence was such a great idea on the Museum’s part.  Cave’s work is closely related to the African masking tradition.  His art hails in a direct line from the very same traditional masks with which Afrique Aya performs.

cbridges 031-cropAngelo and The Smile

Friday night Angelo danced the Zaouli mask.  Unfortunately our own stand-in photographer’s abilities were too challenged by low light, and lots of movement, to be able to show you one from Friday.  But it was a great opportunity to get up close and personal with this charming mask.  Here’s a picture from a past performance in Africa In The Ozarks 2011.

aoz-zaouliSame story, unfortunately, for any pictures of our wonderful dancers Jenny and Margot, who backed-up Zaouli with costumes and masks worn in past Africa In The Ozarks.  Check out a video of the past Africa In The Ozarks mask performances here.

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Hard to tell the difference, between the traditional and the Cave!

cbridges 016-cropBibeau is ready.

It was a great evening.  The audience was spellbound.

cbridges 026-cropAudience plus one.

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Classes, Concert Move The Mountain

Angelo’s Thursday night drum and dance classes in Fayetteville are taking a summer vacation from Washington Elementary.  Until school opens back up in the fall, we’re meeting in the Mt. Sequoya Auditorium now.

And later in the summer, on August 25th, we will be appearing in a concert to benefit the Mountain.  This is so exciting!  Look at this fabulous line-up:

Angelo and Afrique Aya with . . . .

Calle Soul Salsa Band

Voted Best Latin Band in the 2012 NAMA awards!

This is one fantastic band!!  Get ready to hop!!  Have a listen!

. . . and . . .

a gospel choir . . .

. . . and . . .

bagpipes!  Sure!

Scotland rocks Africa and the Americas!  We are the world!

So let’s get ready for August 25th!  Come on up and shake the Mountain out with us!

Thursday nights
Drum class 6:00
Dance class 7:00

For more info, contact Jo Ann at 479.283.2449, kjo_ann [at] hotmail [dot] com

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Soul Train First Thursday

This month’s Fayetteville First Thursday celebrates Black Music Month and we are a part of it.  Y’all come!  Thursday June 7th, 2012, near Jammin’ Java at the Fayetteville Square.  We’ll be in the 7:30 slot.

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Way Cool For School : Leverett Elementary

Yesterday we brought AFRICA IN THE OZARKS to students at Leverett Elementary School in Fayetteville.  What a BLAST!!

We owe big kudos to Principal Cheryl Putnam, teacher Karen Bley, the PTO, and ADVENTURE SUBARU for providing the funding, the willingness, and the legwork to bring our fantastic African arts to the kids.  And thanks also go out to our greatly esteemed friends at the ARKANSAS ARTS COUNCIL, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts, for providing matching funds to put this program together.

Arts in schools – what a crucial great thing.

Please, readers, use your imagination to supply the sound and the movement.  These kids were way too much fun.

Here we are as the morning began at Leverett.  Angelo, introducing master drummers Eric BliBi Gore and Jean-Claude Lessou – and our own Dennis Nelms of ADVENTURE SUBARU.

Ms. Bley and Ms. Putnam, concentrating in the background.  And our beautiful dancers mom Cindy, Margot, and Jo Ann.

And here’s a scrapbook of the kids, the kids, the wonderful kids.

Future members of the AFRIQUE AYA DANCE COMPANY.  Future stars of AFRICA IN THE OZARKS.  Stars period!!  Right now!!

Hubble photo courtesy European Space Agency

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Way Cool For School : Washington Elementary

Yesterday we brought AFRICA IN THE OZARKS to students at Washington Elementary in Fayetteville.  What a BLAST!!

We owe big kudos to Principal Ashley Garcia and ADVENTURE SUBARU for providing the funding, the willingness, and the legwork to bring our fantastic African arts to the kids.  And big thanks also go out to our greatly esteemed friends at the ARKANSAS ARTS COUNCIL, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts, for providing matching funds to put this program together.

Arts in schools – what a crucial great thing.

Please, readers, use your imagination to supply the sound and the movement.  These kids were way too much fun.

Here’s Angelo and kids.  Giving it up!

Angelo and Jean-Claude.  Your attention please!

The beautiful kids.  And – mama Padma.  By Angelo’s left elbow.

The kids and Jenny.

Everybody to the right!  Says Jean-Claude!

Future members of the AFRIQUE AYA DANCE COMPANY.  Future stars of AFRICA IN THE OZARKS.  Stars period!!  Right now!

Hubble photo courtesy European Space Agency

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Angelo & Afrique Aya at Sound Of Africa

On April 7th Angelo will be performing with AFRIQUE AYA at the UA African Students Organization’s annual SOUND OF AFRICA event.  In years past, this has been a very fun event, with African-style food, fashion, African student talent showcase, and sometimes a documentary movie & fundraising effort . . . . A great event for kids.

Did we mention that food is involved?

Sound of Africa
Fayetteville Town Center
Saturday, April 7th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

If you’re a non-student:  Tickets are $15.00.  Reserve yours here.

If you’re a student:  Tickets are free.  They will be distributed on campus on Friday March the 30th and Tuesday April the 2nd between noon and 2 pm.

More details here.

And on Facebook, here.

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Eureka Drum Circle On April 14th

This time the monthly drum circle in Eureka will be at 6:00 on Saturday, April 14th, Basin Springs Park.  Not April 7th as usual.  This time, April 14th.

On April 7th Angelo will be performing in Fayetteville, with AFRIQUE AYA, at the UA African Students Organization’s annual SOUND OF AFRICA event.  In years past, this has been a very fun event, with African-style food, fashion, African student talent showcase, and sometimes a documentary movie & fundraising effort . . . . A great event for kids.

Did we mention that food is involved?

More info on tickets etc. when we have it.

So – see you first Saturday in Fayetteville; second Saturday in Eureka Springs.

 

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Angelo At Fay Library With Tracy Kidder

Come see Angelo and Afrique Aya perform at the Fayetteville Public Library, in association with renowned author Tracy Kidder.  Friday evening, March 30, at 6:30 – 7:00.

Then stay for Mr. Kidder’s lecture, followed by a book signing.

Kidder won the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award in 1982.  The African connection is his 2003 book MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS.  It’s about two global health crises, tuberculosis and AIDs, through the eyes of Dr. Paul Farmer, a single-minded physician bent on improving the health of some of the poorest people on the planet.

More info on Mr. Kidder’s appearance at the library here.

 

 

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Fay Class; Eureka Drum Circle

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

No Fayetteville African drum and dance class next week, March 22nd.  Washington Elementary is on spring break.

Want to be in the show for the FIFTH ANNUAL AFRICA IN THE OZARKS? Come to class.  We are practicing up for the May 3-6th blow-out.  We will be back up and rockin’ Fayetteville Thursday March 29th.

SECOND IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Eureka Springs drum circle will take place on April 14th this month.  On April 7th, Angelo and AFRIQUE AYA will be appearing at the UA African Students Organization SOUND OF AFRICA.  More details when we have them.

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Announcing Fifth Annual Africa In The Ozarks 2012

We are baaaaack!  This year, with the full program of performances, classes, parade, African market, and dinner.

Save the Dates:  Thurs. May 3 – Sun. May 6, 2012

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Check out our fantastic videos here.

We are jumping!

The performances!  The classes!

The incredible TallMask!

Masks of all kinds!

Master drummer Seny!

Angelo and Jean-Claude!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, May 3

*    Evening:  Dinner at Caribe, with slide-show of pictures from Benin and Togo

Friday, May 4

*    1:00 – 2:00  Drum class
*    2:15 – 3:30  Dance class
*    7:00 – 8:15  Performance

Saturday, May 5

*    10:00 – 11:00  Drum class
*    11:00 – 12:30  Dance class
*    2:00  Fine Arts Parade
*    3:00  Demonstration, Basin Springs Park (free)
*    7:00 – 8:15  Performance

Sunday, May 6

*    10:00 – 11:00  Drum class
*    11:00 – 12:15  Dance class
*    5:00 – 7:00 Closing party with Afropop band Ozakwaaba in Basin Springs Park (free)

TICKET OPTIONS

Tickets are available for on-line purchase here.

Individual / Advance Purchase

*    Classes:  $20.00 each
*    Performance:  $20.00 each / $10.00 (children under 10)
*    Dinner (advance purchase only):  $20.00

Couples / Advance Purchase

*    Dinner (advance purchase only):  $30.00 for two
*    Performance:  $30.00 for two

Door Purchase

*    Classes:  $25.00 each
*    Performance:  $25.00 each / $15.00 (children under 10)

Package Purchase (includes dinner, all classes, and both performances)

*    $140.00 (saves $40.00)

Student Rate (Door only; cash or check only)

*    Classes:  $12.50 each
*    Performance:  $12.50 each
*    Entire package:  $80.00 (saves around $30.00)

Many thanks to our generous sponsor Adventure Subaru of Fayetteville.

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