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


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.


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!


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)


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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Benefit For Debbie Clay

Hey dear peeps.  You may know that Debby Clay — Jenny’s mom — has just successfully come out of fairly extensive surgery.  Let’s gather, have fun, eat, dance a little, and raise some dollars to help pay medical bills.

When:  Sunday December 18, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Where:  Caribe Restaurant, 309 W Van Buren, Eureka Springs

What:  $10.00 chalupa dinner (vegetarian option provided); silent auction; live rhythm provided by Angelo; dance to it!

Why:  To do what we do so well, which is support our dear community when need arises.

Other Reason:  Alcohol is available in Eureka on Sundays, Fayetteville peeps.  Just sayin’.

And BTW:  If you have something you’d like to contribute to the auction, would you please call Jenny?  479.981.9205  THANK YOU!

Come on out friends.

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Fayetteville Classes Resume

Through the amazing good graces of Washington Elementary School, we are so pleased to announce the resumption of our Thursday evening drum and dance classes.


Washington Elementary School.

~*~ Just off College and Lafayette, Fayetteville
~*~ Enter by the south door, just off the basketball court


Thursday Evenings

~*~ 6:00 Drum class (bring your drum)
~*~ 7:00 Dance class (comfy layered clothes)


~*~ Adults:  $10.00 per class / $18.00 for both drum & dance
~*~ Kids (7-16):  $5.00 per class / $9.00 for both drum & dance


This is an amazing, energetic class for kids or adults, and a great opportunity to learn about the music and dance of Africa from a master.

Teacher Kouakou Yao “Angelo” (formerly with Koteba, the premier dance and theatre company of the Ivory Coast) has been a Northwest Arkansas fixture for nearly 10 years. He’s a rare find: an inspiring musician and dancer who is also a generous and patient teacher.  Angelo will gear the class to whoever attends, so break out on your own or bring your family! It’s always a fun time and a great workout.

And . . . .

Where else can you dance to LIVE DRUMS??


Here’s where you turn off College, heading west.  You can just see the school, at the far left.

Come in this door.  The south entrance, just off the basketball court.

Look who dropped in.  Welcome!

The line-up.

With Angelo.

Look what can be done on this nifty rubber-coated floor!  Flying!

James, smiling, helping out with the dust gorillas.  And he can dance with that thing.

Come out, y’all.  We’d love to see you.

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Big September Drum-Circle Party Homage Grand Opening Fun

This month’s drum circle will be special.  They all are, of course, but this one is extra-special, for lots of extra reasons.

It rained.

We want to remember our friend Thom.  We missed the big community wake last week and we can’t let his passing go without paying homage.  Thom was a sweet presence.  He showed up, right in front early and often, at every drum circle we can remember.  We will miss him sorely.  For a picture of Thom just as we remember him, by Richard Quick, check here:

In true Eureka spirit, we’ll want to make this a BIG party.  So we’re also going to answer the call of our fellow friend and drumhead Caleb Bomar — and make our September drum circle a combination event with the —

Grand Opening of Caleb’s new shop!!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd, 4:00 – 11:00 (Schedule of Events below)

An idea whose time has come!!  A drum shop-recording studio!!  What a concept!!

Here are Caleb and Angelo, showing their brothers-in-arms solidarity with the Big Bass Beat:

Here is where the Big Gathering’s going to happen:

The Art Colony, Eureka Springs

185 N. Main, cor. 23N and Mill Hollow Rd. (across from where Cafe Santa Fe used to be)










Caleb Long and Tall says:  Y’all come.

Here’s the Schedule of Events:

4:00 – 6:00 | Brick Fields Band and pot-luck

6:00 – 7:00 | Community drum-circle.  Our monthly gathering.  Bring, use beat-makers.

7:00 – 8:00 | Circle continues, joined by another band

8:00 – 9:00 | More band and dancers

9:00 – 11:00 | Belly dancers, Fire spinners, more drums, crazy musicians.

Come on!  This is the Eureka Springs Experience in real time, happening in a non-virtual, real kind of way!

Here are more pictures of Caleb in his new digs.  Caleb checks to make sure his head’s still on.  Very much on, Caleb!

Cap’n Caleb, steward of his own ship at last.

So avast ye me hearties!  All hands on deck!  Labor Day Weekend, Saturday September 3rd, 4:00 – 11:00, Art Colony, Eureka Springs.  Make a great noise for Caleb and Thom.

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Eureka Springs Does Right By Joplin

What a Basin Springs Park drum-circle has looked like, in case you haven’t been yet.

We are so totally proud and happy to announce that the drum-circle benefit over the July 4th weekend raised —

Are you ready?


Eureka Springs drummers, you are quite simply the best.

The money will go to the Joplin College Heights Christian Church relief effort.

Many thanks to ADVENTURE SUBARU, especially Dennis Nelms, for invaluable help.

Many many thanks to all you Eurekans who contributed — with money and LOUD spirit — so generously.  We are very, very proud.

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