JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL, JOSHUA TREE (CA), OCTOBER 5TH-8TH 2017


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The Desert is Freedom, Music is Power and Community is Crucial. friends and funsters who believe that music is the soul of life…The music is diverse from all over the World, positive and potent; featuring artists on the rise. A happy, loving and egalitarian space is created, where the boundary between artist and audience is blurred.

You may purchase tickets here:

https://www.stubhub.com/joshua-tree-music-festival-tickets/grouping/1494411/

 

 

 

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JAZZ AT DREW, LOS ANGELES (CA), OCTOBER 7TH 2017


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Jazz at Drew is an all-day outdoor concert and featured some of the most prolific names in jazz and R&B. This year’s concert was headlined by Earth, Wind & Fire, the legendary Grammy Award winning act. Lineup also included performances by Sheila E, the West Coast Get Down featuring Kamasi Washington, Miles Mosley, Cameron Graves, Ron Bruner and more, DW3, Eloise Laws, and the Fernando Pullum Center Arts Community Band. It all happened on the campus of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and is its largest fundraiser.

              EARTH, WIND & FIRE

 

 

                             SHEILA E

 

 

                 KAMASI WASHINGTON

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EARTH WIND & FIRE WITH FERNANDO PULLUM CENTER ARTS CENTER COMMUNITY BAND 

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For 20 years, Jazz at Drew’s emphasis on showcasing home-grown talent with international appeal has been the distinguishing factor that separates the event from larger jazz festivals in Southern California, in a range of styles, while being surrounded by a colorful marketplace and health pavilion.

Venue is located at:

1731 E 120th St, Los Angeles, CA 90059

BHAKTI FEST, JOSHUA TREE (CA), SEPTEMBER 6TH-11TH 2017


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Tickets can be purchased here:

https://tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/bhakti-fest-west-2017

Bhakti Fest is the premier yoga, sacred music, and personal growth festival in the United States. Since 2009, for six days each September, we have featured the best Yoga Teachers, Kirtan Musicians, and Workshop Leaders in the world. We are part of the Center for Spiritual Studies, a 501c3 nonprofit that supports charities across the globe, mainly in India. Proceeds generated each year, after we cover our costs, go to our chosen causes. We accept donations to help us provide extraordinary festivals and give support to those less fortunate than us. We hope to see you in the Bhav!
Bhakti Fest celebrates the devotional paths of yoga, Kirtan (sacred music), and meditation. Our festival is a drug and alcohol free vehicle for evolution of human consciousness through a heart-centered revolution. Bring your yoga mats this September to the idyllic Joshua Tree Retreat Center, located in the beautiful region east of Los Angeles. Practice with the best yoga teachers in the world, dance to sacred music by world-renown Kirtan artists, and take workshops with leaders in the field of personal growth. Camp out beneath the stars or stay at one of our many accommodations on and offsite; enjoy the swimming pool and free filtered drinking water; stop in at The Bhakti Family Village and expose your children to other enlightened youth and families; enjoy the best vegetarian food at any festival. We offer Student, Senior, Military and Local Resident discounts. We are building community—please join us!

13TH “A ST MARY MI COME FROM”, ST MARY (JAMAICA), AUGUST 5TH 2017


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“A ST Mary Mi Come From”, deejay Capleton’s popular charity show which features himself and a slew of other artists including I-Octane,  Jah Mason, Sanchez, Yvad and George Nooks etc…, returns August 5 after a three-year break.

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Capleton pointed to the lack of a major sponsor as the main reason for the event’s hiatus. He told Splash that St Mary Mi Come From’s comeback is important to him, since he was born and raised within its impoverished community.

Come out and support this benevolent event at Gray’s Inn Sports Complex, Annotto Bay, St Mary Jamaica. (Tickets will only be sold at the venue on the day of show only). #TellAFriend to follow and sign up on:

http://www.facebook.com/AStMaryMiComeFrom/
http://www.instagram.com/AStMaryMiComeFrom
http://www.twitter.com/AStMaryMiComeFr
http://www.facebook.com/Capleton
http://www.Instagram.com/Capletonmusic
http://www.twitter.com/Capletonmusic
http://www.Youtube.com/Capletonmusic
http://www.capletonmusic.com

 

DREAM WEEK-END, NEGRIL (JAMAICA), JULY 28TH-AUGUST 1ST 2017


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Dream Weekend is Jamaica’s #1 and most anticipated music festival held on the white sand beaches of Negril, Jamaica, for 5 days of back-to-back parties with popular high-energy genres of music, performances from local and international artistes, inclusive of world-class liquor and food, with a level of production that makes the event a one of a kind experience!

Details
Event Prices: ALL prices are in US Dollars (Service charge included)
Event Transportation: Free Shuttle Service to & from all events

Season Band Prices (Incl Tax & Fees)
Please note: Digital Tickets are sent to your email address two (2) to three (3) days after purchase. If more than three days have passed please send us an email to info@jamaicadreamweekend.com with subject line: Ticket Query along with receipt issued by PayPal.

After digital tickets are received, kindly bring same to Jamaica along with your Government issued ID in order to redeem for season bands in Jamaica.
Details of our Redemption Centre location and opening times will be posted closer to event date.

Tickets can be purchased here:

http://tickets.jamaicadreamweekend.com/tickets/

HOLLYWOOD CARNIVAL, WEST HOLLYWOOD (CA), JUNE 24TH 2017


The 2017 Hollywood Carnival was oh so colorful with Carribean, as well as South American and African participants & attendees, representing their flag colors via Carnival costumes and clothing, The City of Los Angeles was able to witness the parade which ended in West Hollywood where the party continued with various performances. The eclectic sounds ranged from Soca,  to Calypso, to Reggae, to Hip Hop, to Salsa and to R&B.  The Carnival also featured Carribean food vendors much to the delight of the audience. This event is a continuous success and showcases Africa and Diaspora unity at its best.

 

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A TOUCH OF AFRICA IN SANTA CRUZ, SANTA CRUZ (CA), JUNE 15TH-18TH 2017


“A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz” took place June 15th-18th, 2017, featuring world-class dance & music teachers as well as artists from Africa and the Diaspora representing their cultures through dance, drumming, art and music performance. The event offered a total of 35 workshops, performances, food, arts & crafts, educational lectures and panel discussions.

 

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HOLLYWOOD CARNIVAL, LOS ANGELES (CA), JUNE 24TH 2017


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Entering its 6th year, the Hollywood Carnival Parade and Festival will take over Hollywood Boulevard from 11am to 4pm on Saturday June 24 miraculously transforming this storied street into a grand carnival and extravaganza with marchers and masqueraders dressed in vibrant, breath-taking costumes, dancing to pulsating rhythms from around the globe. The celebration will begin at Hollywood Boulevard and Edgemont Street in Los Feliz and will proceed on West Hollywood Blvd. for three miles ending at the event’s Carnival Culture Village festival site at Highland Avenue in central Hollywood. The parade will feature over 30 bands with the pulsating rhythms of Calypso, Soca, Samba, Reggae, Zouke, Latin, Punta, Meringue, Mariachi, Reggaeton, Blues, Jazz, Steel-pan, Indian, Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and other global music. The Parade of Bands is a FREE event for ALL AGES to watch.

Following the high energy Hollywood Carnival Parade, all masqueraders, participants, and onlookers, will make their way into the Carnival Culture Village at 6800 Hollywood Blvd, open from 12 noon until 10pm. The Village is the grandest, most exciting and fully entertaining outdoor event for the Hollywood Carnival Weekend Experience. It is filled with a wide range of world cuisines, arts and crafts, and top headlining acts including the reigning King of Soca Machel Montano, dancehall/soca star Linky First, award winning Canadian/Jamaican singer Kreesha Turner, three time Belizian vocalist of the year Tanya Carter, and many more. Tickets for the Hollywood Carnival Culture Village are only $10 at https://www.universe.com/events/carnival-culture-village-tickets-GN60L1.

The Hollywood Carnival weekend kicks off on Thursday June 22 with a Welcome to Hollywood party at popular nightspot Lure, 1439 Ivar Avenue in Hollywood, featuring Bajan Superstar Rupee performing his greatest hits from “Ice Cream” to his recent smash hit “Tipsy.” Welcome to Hollywood is sure to kick off the weekend in the right direction.

The long weekend of partying Caribbean style continues on Friday June 23 with the ultimate day party “Fete du Jour” from 11am to 4pm. Taking place at Liaison Lounge (formerly and notably Les Deux Café), 1638 North Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood. This event is the true taste of a sexy, high energy Caribbean day party. It will be filled with surprises that no other event during the Hollywood Carnival weekend will offer. Attendees will be amazed and never know what to expect aside from the music, beautiful people, and tropical atmosphere.

Ever since the birth of Hollywood Carnival, the Main Event, this year on Friday June 23 from 9pm to 2am, has been the Highlight of the entire carnival weekend, as it has always been graced with the hottest performers and DJs the music industry has to offer. This edition of the Main Event takes place at DTLA’s The Belasco at 1050 S. Hill Street and will feature Trinidadian soca artist and Soul Train Award winner Bunji Garlin, his wife, soca royal Fay Ann Lyons, and reigning Road March Champion, MX Prime. The Main Event is surely not one to be missed, as these entertainers along with some of the most talented DJ’s, will entertain all night long.

On Saturday June 24 following the high energy Hollywood Carnival Parade and Carnival Culture Village, The Official After Party is the event where attendees will be continuously entertained and guaranteed to end the day on a high note. This event will be filled with the most talented DJ’s worldwide including Soca Brainwash mix DJ Private Ryan, popular LA based soca dj DJ Stephen, DJ Eternal Vibes in from Miami, and many more.

Since Caribbean parties last all weekend, the Hollywood Carnival ends on Sunday June 25 with Shine from 11am – 5pm at popular Sunset Blvd hot spot Boulevard 3. Shine is one of the most anticipated events as it marks the end of the Hollywood Carnival Weekend Experience. This event features a wide range of entertainment that’s sure to keep attendees dancing, drinking, and enjoying the amazing vibes right until the end.

Bringing the vibes of the Caribbean to the streets of Hollywood for one magical weekend, revelers are encouraged to purchase full weekend passes at https://www.universe.com/events/hollywood-carnival-festival-pass-2017-tickets-VMC9BK as they represent a significant savings than buying each event ticket separately. For a true taste of the worldwide Carnival spirit, the Hollywood Carnival bring the sounds, tastes, and vibes of the islands to LA. Join the festival at https://www.hollywoodcarnival.com/.

UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FESTIVAL 2017, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 29TH 2017


 

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Wolof Times, here with Sultry and conscious Reggae artist JAH9, was honored to be a part of the 31st UCLA Jazz & Reggae Festival with its eclectic mix of Hip Hop, Jazz, R&B and Reggae. There was great attendance this year of not just students but the city of Los Angeles as this festival has become a city event, in its 31st year. Fans can rejoice in hearing student-picked artists of various musical genres, as well as enjoy local and international food via the vendors.

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ESSENCE FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), JUNE 30TH-JULY 2ND 2017


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The Essence Festival, known as “the party with a purpose”, is an annual music festival which started in 1994 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women. It is the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States. Locally referred to as the Essence Fest, it has been held in New Orleans, Louisiana every year since 1994 except for 2006, when it was held in Houston, Texas due to Hurricane Katrina. It also held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal in 2016. It features artists simultaneously performing on a main stage as well as four standing-room only superlounge stages.

You may buy tickets here:

http://www.essence.com/festival/tickets

 

UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FESTIVAL 2017, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 29TH 2017


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In honor of the festival’s 31st anniversary, JazzReggae Fest is celebrating three decades of good vibes, jammin’ music, and cultural enrichment with a one-day festival under the Los Angeles sun. From the festival’s humble beginnings in 1986, it has continued to grow and develop while forging connections between UCLA and the broader Los Angeles community. In keeping with the successful model set last year, Jazz Reggae Fest is sticking to its roots, presenting headliners from the genres of jazz and reggae accompanied by a curated selection of talented student bands. In addition to the early festival elements of jazz, reggae, and a grassy venue, live art, and food and craft vendor elements are also offered.

You may purchase tickets here:

www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0B005299B62A8229

 

LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE (LIB) 2017, BRADLEY (CA), MAY 24TH-29TH 2017


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Music, Art, Yoga, Dance, Camping & more on Memorial Day Weekend. Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) is a transformational festival in the Central Coast region of California presented by The Do LaB. The Do LaB seeks to promote sustainability, social cohesion, personal health, and creative expression. They have also contributed art installations to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

You may obtain more and purchase tickets here: http://www.lightninginabottle.org

 

DELL-P, 4 DA ART, PHILADELPHIA (PA), 2017


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Dell-P is a Conscious Rapper from Philadelphia. His latest album “4 DA ART” contains all of the elements Real Hip Hop lovers have been yearning for: That Conscious Neo Soul Sound punctuated with positive, uplifting and well-thought-out verses, Historical Black Speech interjections, Black Love ballads, vivid descriptions of Black struggle, inner-city dwellings and situations, as well as collaborations with Dope Female MCs. The type of music you want to inspire your own children or the next generation in these crucial times, see post-Obama era.

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Philly’s Breakthrough Artist Of The Year Dell-P has definitely  come back to defend his crown at his peak. 4 DA ART is a testament of hard work, perseverance and lyrical virtuosity. Support this album as it is much needed in these trying times we are facing. We hope that you enjoy it and spread the word about one of Philadelphia’s top MCs. It is time to expose our youth and the world to this type of message. Dell-P is proof that Hip Hop Still Lives!!! Be sure to follow Dell-P on IG & TWITTER @DELLP215.

 

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NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), APRIL 28TH-MAY 7TH 2017


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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival goes down April 28th – 30th and May 4th – 7th. The festival annually celebrates the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana, alongside unforgettable performances by nationally and internationally renowned guest artists. With twelve stages and over 500 bands performing virtually every style of music, Jazz Fest presents one of the entertainment world’s most diverse music lineups. Hundreds of thousands of fans annually flock to the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course for Jazz Fest, which has been called America’s best festival.

You may purchase tickets here:

http://www.nojazzfest.com/tickets/

LINEUP

Aaron Neville
Alabama Shakes
Amos Lee
Anders Osborne
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians
Big Freedia
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Blues Traveler
Bonerama
Buddy Guy
Corinne Bailey Rae
Cowboy Mouth
Cyril Neville & SwampFunk
Darius Rucker
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
Dawes
Dr. John
Earth Wind & Fire
Elle King
Ellis Marsalis
Galactic
George Benson
Harry Connick Jr.
Honey Island Swamp Band
Hot 8 Brass Band
Irma Thomas
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
JohnnySwim
Jon Batiste and Stay Human
Jon Cleary
Jonny Lang
Judith Owen & Krewe de Jude
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers
Kings of Leon
Lake Street Dive
Leon Bridges
Lorde
Marcia Ball
Margo Price
Maroon 5
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Meghan Trainor
NAS with The Soul Rebels
Patti LaBelle
Pitbull
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Rebirth Brass Band
Rhiannon Giddens
Snoop Dogg
Sonny Landreth
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
Stevie Wonder
Tab Benoit
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Lone Bellow
The Mavericks
The Meters
The Revivalists
The Travelin’ McCourys
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tower of Power
Trey Anastasio Band
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Usher with The Roots
Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters
Widespread Panic
Wilco

A TOUCH OF AFRICA IN SANTA CRUZ, SANTA CRUZ (CA), JUNE 15TH-18TH 2017


“A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz“, an event which will take place June 15th-18th, 2017, featuring world-class dance & music teachers as well as artists from Africa and the Diaspora representing their cultures through dance, drumming and music performance. The event will offer a total of 35 workshops, performances, food, arts & crafts, educational lectures and panel discussions.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS!

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There will also be musical and dance performances by Sambada (Afro-Brazilian Funk & Dance music) and Pascal Bokar (Afro-Jazz) respectively on Saturday June 17th & Sunday June 18th.

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Please visit our Facebook page and website:

https://www.facebook.com/atouchofafricainsantacruz/

http://daafricanvillage.org/

for updates and information regarding this exciting event. Please also like and share this page on facebook with your friends and family as this is a community event and all are welcome! More to come!!!!

2017 LOS ANGELES MARATHON, LOS ANGELES (CA), MARCH 19TH 2017


Kenya won the Los Angeles Marathon for the second time in three years, with Elisha Barno and Hellen Jepkurgat respectively placing first in the men’s and women’s events in two hours, 11 minutes and 52 seconds and two hours, 34 minutes and 23 seconds. Barno defeated three Kenyan countrymen: 2015 winner Daniel Limo, Willy Koitile and 2016 Los Angeles Marathon champion Weldon.

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I was fortunate to participate in this Marathon, both as a runner and a reporter, for the second time since 2015 and beating my previous time by 16 minutes. This Marathon allows me to rediscover by running foot the beautiful city of Los Angeles and iconic surrounding areas: Pasadena, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, before finally crossing the Finish Line on scenic Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

Bunaama Diagne is an Editor/Reporter for Wolof Times.

 

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DANDHA DA HORA AFRO-BRAZILIAN DANCE CLASS, CULVER CITY (CA), MARCH 18TH 2017


Dandha’s Afro Brazilian Dance classes are an invitation to explore the rich world of Afro-Brazilian Dance traditions with a gifted and dedicated teacher. Her classes focus on folkloric and Orixa-inspired dance, Samba Afro, and samba reggae, as well as other Brazilian dance styles and feature live drumming by talented local musicians. Dandha’s classes welcome students of all levels and backgrounds – everyone will find challenge and inspiration in her dancing and teaching!

Class is on Saturday March 18th, 2017, 2PM at:

Your Neighborhood Studio – When in Doubt, Dance
3625 Hayden Ave, Culver City, California 90232

Born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, Dandha Da Hora has been a member of Ilê Aiyê, one of Brazil’s most important musical and cultural institutions, since she was 6 years old. In her teaching, as well as in her performances, Dandha invokes the incredible spirit of Salvaldor, Bahia, Brazil and of Ilê Aiyê. A master dancer and dance teacher, as well as vocalist and percussionist, Dandha honors the incredible gifts of her culture every time she performs. As a lead dancer with Ilê Aiyê and one of the lead vocalists of music group SambaDá (based in Santa Cruz, CA), Dandha has shared the stage with Brazilian stars such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Daniela Mercury.

2017 PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL, LOS ANGELES (CA), FEBRUARY 9TH-20TH 2017


 

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February 9th 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the Pan African Film Festival which took place in Los Angeles, CA during Black History Month. This Festival is a great asset for aspiring and renowned filmmakers from Africa & The Diaspora, as it helps promote their work and also enables them to network worldwide. PAFF’s Executive Director Ayuko Babu also serves as a permanent member of the jury of the annual Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria.

Opening Night at the Director’s Guild of America in West Hollywood, showcased Nick Cannon’s latest movie “King of The Dancehall” filmed in the US & Jamaica. Pillars of the Black Film industry Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard were in attendance and were honored for their tremendous contributions to the movie industry in general. Actress Alfre Woodard was also featured as a guest of honor in a live 120 minute conversation where she discussed her legacy and work as one of the most prominent African-American actresses on TV and Film.

The Festival incorporates Art and Fashion work and vendors in the Mall setting of
Baldwin-Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

A highlight of the festival would be the showing of Kemtiyu, documentary on the life and work of Egyptologist Cheikh Anta Diop. Cheikh Anta Diop was instrumental in providing scientific and linguistic proof that the original Egyptians were Black and culturally connected to the rest of Black Africa. The documentary makes mention of my father Pathe Diagne who invited his colleague Cheikh Anta to speak on these issues at his symposium in 1986 at the University of Dakar now named Cheikh Anta Diop University. Another highlight is “Everything But A Man” relation the romantic involvement of a professional African-American woman (Monica Calhoun) and an illegal Haitian immigrant (Jimmy Jean Louis); funny yet bringing to light love despite cultural differences. Closing Night featured a documentary on the enigmatic and reserved Saxophonist John Coltrane “Chasing Trane”, much to the delight of the elders of the local community.

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2017 PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL, FEBRUARY 9TH-20TH 2017, LOS ANGELES (CA)


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Make sure you attend the Pan African Film Festival at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza during Black History Month.

People from around the globe gather to attend the largest Black film festival in the United States. From a 100 million dollar blockbuster premiere to newly emerging Hollywood talent, The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) showcases a broad spectrum of Black creative works from all over the globe, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes.
Nowhere else can audiences find this unique opportunity to come together through film and art to explore new worlds, meet new people and acquire new information and ideas, only at PAFF!

You may obtain more info by visiting the website: https://www.paff.org

DAARA J, DAKAR (SENEGAL), DECEMBER 24TH 2016


My husband and I are currently visiting his native Senegal from Philadelphia. On Christmas Eve, we had the opportunity to meet the world-renowned Ndongo D and Faada Freddy from The Daara J Family, right before their concert at the Daniel Sorano Theater in Dakar. Both artists are undeniably very spiritual and talented. Music is their weapon and they only use it to promote Peace & Love in the world. I was very excited to just converse with them and even while doing so, Faada Freddy couldn’t resist singing. Ndongo D was very “cool & calm” as most rappers are, and also so humble. We discussed many different topics including health and my favorite Daara J songs. Towards the end of the conversation, they both promised to put on the best show for their fans, which they accomplished to the fullest extent. The Daniel Sorano Theater was at full-compassity and tickets were sold out, the streets were also packed with cars. The concert could still be heard clearly outside by the fans who were unable to get in. The performance was nothing less than awe-inspiring, brilliant, cool, explosive and magnificent. When Daara J Family is in your city or near, you should definitely come out and show support. They are the Best! Their music is available on I-Tunes, Amazon and stores nationwide (USA).

I thank Wolof Times for helping me achieve my dreams of journalism.

Khadijah Yayefall Ndiaye is a Reporter/Photographer for Wolof Times. All photo credits go to Moustapha N’Diaye.

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A DAY OF AFRICA IN SANTA CRUZ, SANTA CRUZ (CA), DECEMBER 17TH 2016


Da African Village and the 418 Project presented a Day Of Africa, on December 17, 2016, which featured a program of five dance classes with teachers from Senegal, Congo, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Brazil and an evening performance of SambaDá with very special guests. This beautiful event was offered to the community as a fundraiser for both non-profit organizations. The 418 Project has been creating a space for global dance traditions and other arts in Santa Cruz for more than 30 years. Da African Village promotes cultural understanding between Africa and the world through music, dance and cultural exchange, as well as supporting educational programs and artists in the U.S. and in Senegal.
This was Afro-Brazilian Samba-Funk-Dance group SambaDá‘s last 2016 performance in Santa Cruz.

MANDJOU KONE’S CLASS:

DANDHA DA HORA’S CLASS:

VIVIEN BASSOUAMINA’S CLASS:

OUMOU FAYE’S CLASS:

MARIETOU CAMARA’S CLASS:

SAMBADA SHOW:

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LA CALIFORNIA VEGETARIAN FOOD FESTIVAL, HOLLYWOOD (CA), NOVEMBER 13TH 2016


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The California Vegetarian Food Festival brings amazing eats, speakers, & entertainment to SoCal!
Foodies, locavores, vegetarians, vegans, flexitarians, and those who simply want to find out more about living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle, this is the festival for you! Vegan food companies, restaurants, and health and wellness vendors will congregate in Los Angeles to celebrate the delight of vegetarian food and cruelty-free living at the California Vegetarian Food Festival.
The festival will feature food sampling and purchased meals, environmental and animal welfare information tables, and live entertainment and activities throughout the day.

You may purchase tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/california-vegetarian-food-festival-2016-tickets-26154097610

JOSHUA TREE ROOTS! ROCK! REGGAE! FESTIVAL, JOSHUA TREE (CA), NOV 4TH-5TH 2016


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The Joshua Tree Roots Rock Reggae Festival (JTRRRF) is a multi-day camp-out and live music event, celebrating community and family, highlighting the arts and culture of the featured genres. At the heart of our mission, is a desire to comprehensively feed the minds, bodies and souls of humanity, encouraging education, community enrichment and connectedness to the environment.

Held in the shadows of the infamous Joshua Tree National Park, in a community internationally known for its eclectic arts and music community, the JTRRRF takes place on the grounds of the Joshua tree Community Center. Besides live music, the JTRRRF will offer a variety of presentations and exhibits aimed at stimulating attendees, including: DJs spinning the best in lounge, dub and classic reggae sounds; visual and performance artists; crafts vendors and culinary delights.

A primary focus of this year’s event, is to stimulate awareness of the community’s responsibility to nurture its youth. Accordingly, in association with Hermosa Beach based skateboard company, CALI STRONG, among event highlights, there will be a give-away of skateboards, skating equipment and back-to-school supplies.

The JTRRRF is an opportunity to soak-up positive vibrations in a positive, family friendly atmosphere. The community of Joshua Tree is located in the high desert of the magical Mojave, 50 minutes from Palm Springs, 2.5hour drive from LA, 3 from San Diego, 3.5 from Vegas, and 5 from Phoenix, at the entrance to the world renowned national park.

Thank you for your interest in the first ever Joshua Tree Roots Rock Reggae Festival.

You may purchase tickets by clicking on this link: http://www.jtrootsrockreggaefest.us/shop/

AFRICA RISING, EAST HOLLYWOOD (CA), OCTOBER 15TH 2016


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Africa Rising 2016 is a positive family-oriented event created to uplift the continent and showcase World Music & Dance as well as Reggae and Jazz acts from Africa and the Diaspora. The event was hosted by conscious and legendary actor Isaiah Washington. He recently became the first African-American to become a Sierra-Leonese citizen on the sole basis of a DNA test. The event took place at the Ford Theatres which offered a scenic stage backdrop with its open roof, amidst Hollywood. The headliners were African Reggae Ambassador & Grammy-nominated Rocky Dawuni and legendary Marie Daulne, half of Zap Mama. The Festival also featured popular local acts such as Wondem, an Ethiopian-influenced Jazz ensemble led by Dexter Story, as well as some of the best West African and Afro-Cuban dancers and drummers in the city of Los Angeles. The event was a definite success as the venue was nearly full and the crowd had great vibes. Rocky Dawuni’s high energy, Zap Mama’s sultry’s voice, Wondem’s musical virtuosity, the great dancing and drumming, as well as Daniel Bambaata Marley’s guest appearance (Ziggy’s son) made the audience rejoice in clamor. Also Parking was only $5 in Hollywood out of all places.

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A DAY OF AFRICA IN SANTA CRUZ, SANTA CRUZ (CA), DECEMBER 17TH 2016


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Da African Village and the 418 Project would like to present a Day Of Africa, on December 17, 2016, featuring a program of five dance classes with teachers from Senegal, Congo, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Brazil and an evening performance of SambaDá with very special guests. This beautiful event is offered to the community as a fundraiser for both non-profit organizations. The 418 Project has been creating a space for global dance traditions and other arts in Santa Cruz for more than 30 years. Da African Village promotes cultural understanding between Africa and the world through music, dance and cultural exchange, as well as supporting educational programs and artists in the U.S. and in Senegal. Please join us for this very special Day of Africa.

Make sure you check Afro-Brazilian Samba-Funk-Dance group SambaDá’s last performance in Santa Cruz.

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CLICK ON THIS LINK TO PURCHASE TIX: https://www.artful.ly/da-african-village/store/events/10339

HERE IS THE CLASS SCHEDULE:

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If you’re interested in becoming a vendor, please download the vendor application, fill out and send to the address enclosed with check/money order:

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AFRICA RISING, EAST HOLLYWOOD (CA), OCTOBER 15TH 2016


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Presented by 89.9 KCRW and Afro Funke’, Africa Rising celebrates the influence and legacy of African music, culture and art. Grammy-nominated and Ghanaian-born Rocky Dawuni, co-founder of Afro Roots, brings a mix of reggae, Afrobeat, highlife and soul, for an evening of live collaboration. Wondem, an Ethiopian influenced music ensemble led by Dexter Story will be joined by Congolese-Belgian songstress Marie Daulne of world-renowned Afro pop group Zap Mama. Spinning cross-cultural dance floor sets will be Afro Funke’ resident DJs Jeremy Sole (KCRW) and Glenn Red. Drummers, dancers, visual artists and more from across the Diaspora will round out the eclectic night.

You may get additional info or purchase tickets here: http://www.rockydawuni.com/africa-rising-event-ford-theatres/

Event takes place at Ford Theatres at 7PM:

2580 Cahuenga Blvd

East Hollywood, CA 90068

 

 

BHAKTI FEST WEST, JOSHUA TREE (CA), SEPTEMBER 7TH-12TH 2016


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Artwork of Intimacy: Bhakti West Festival 2016

Embrace transformation, for it is, always have been and always will remain the only constant in existence. Veritable juxtapositions of workshops, sessions, yoginis and art at Bhakti West Festival in Joshua Tree junctures liberated elements in life…fire, air, earth, water combined with an ethereal zephyr! Such a gust of unifying wisdom and creation reclaiming vibrancy using rituals, sacred chants, meditation, psychology, kirtans, deep yoga(s), health and plant/teacher remedies. Innumerable leaders of service getting up close and personal in ancient culture like Swami Premodaya (founder of I-CODA International Centers of Divine Awakening), Shine Rilling (Peace Sticks), Guy Douglas (master Sound Healing Practitioner/Gongmaster) and Michael Brian Baker (The Breathwork Center) tunes up the collective light of festival guests. In Swami’s words “Life is a Free Fall!” Bhakti offers freefalls to fly; a breathtaking festival toward peace & a life of more meaning. Every act and shift of energy promotes new adventure; zapping energy from exhausted to unstoppable charges to move one through the remainder of the year.

Aminah Tolbert is a reporter/photographer for Wolof Times.

 

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BILAL, POWER FEST 2016 SOUTH LA, SEPTEMBER 3RD 2016


 

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Power Fest, featuring Neo Soul artist BILAL as a headliner this year, is the premier political music festival in South LA that attracts thousands of families in a day of celebration, empowerment, and education. Power Fest takes place in Martin Luther King Jr. Park in the historic King Estates neighborhood of South Los Angeles.

This year’s Power Fest promoted the importance of voting in this November election, and educated the community on key state and local ballot initiatives. The festival also served as a space for community healing to take place in response to the recent murders of black lives by law enforcement.

Come enjoy every year, a great music, art installations, good food, health resources, and special activities for kids! You are not going to want to miss out. Please visit for more info: http://www.southlapowerfest.com

 

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2016 BHAKTI FEST WEST, JOSHUA TREE (CA), SEPTEMBER 7TH-12TH 2016


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8th Annual Bhakti Fest Gathers Thousands of All Ages for a Transformational Event!
New Highlights Include a Sound-bath Dome, Sacred Women’s Tent, Men’s Lodge, and Expanded Family Village, along with Top Kirtan Stars, Sacred Music, Meaningful Workshops and Premiere Yoga Teachers, September 7-12 in Joshua Tree, CA

Tickets for Bhakti Fest West 2016 are available at west.bhaktifest.com. Bhakti Fest is a nonprofit 501c3 organization and accepts tax-deductible donations. The festival donates a percentage of its funds to charities and other nonprofit groups that provide food, education, and environmental beautification programs around the world. These include Food for Life Vrindavan, Love Serve Remember Foundation, Ramana’s Garden, Seva Foundation, Share Your Care, and Woman’s Earth Alliance

Joshua Tree, CA – July 7, 2015 – Bhakti Fest, the preeminent sacred music and yoga festival dedicated to bringing spiritual consciousness and earthly freedom to both the attendees, and the global recipients of this nonprofit festival’s charitable endeavors, will be returning to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center September 7-12.

A beloved annual event on the calendars of spiritual seekers, yogis, families, girlfriend squads, and others looking for an end of summer festival to commune with nature, each other and the divine, Bhakti Fest has expanded their offering beyond the top yoga teachers, Kirtan artists and workshop leaders, to include features such as a Family Village for parent and me yoga, kids music and more, as well as a Sound-bath Dome and Sound Healings under the stars, the latest trend in musical meditation. In addition to its always enlightening workshop program Bhakti Fest also hosts a Sacred Women’s Tent and a Men’s Lodge offering gender specific programming covering topics such as Tantra, empowerment, and redefining masculinity.

Known internationally for hosting a massive lineup of Kirtan musicians, master yoga instructors, and spiritual teachers, Bhakti Fest draws thousands of conscious explorers from the U.S. and around the world. Kirtan and reggae influenced singer/songwriter Trevor Hall, known for his hits “Brand New Day,” “The Lime Tree,” “Unity,” and others will headline the event. Other returning headliners include Grammy nominee Krishna Das; Jai Uttal, with his high energy reggae and ska-influenced Kirtan set; revolutionary hip-hop artist MC YOGI; and long-time Madonna collaborator Donna De Lory.

Bhakti Fest offers nonstop conscious music and Kirtan/chanting on two stages, in a wide of variety of musical genres including blues, rock, pop, gospel, traditional, and hip-hop. This year’s musicians also include the Kirtaniyas, Dave Stringer, Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band, Saul David Raye, David Newman, Govind Das & Radha, Gina Sala, Girish, Brenda McMorrow, Gandharvas Kirtan, Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe, Sri Kirtan, Fannah Fi Allah, Shantala and Pranja Vieira.

Several thousand participants will share sacred space with the world’s finest teachers of spiritual knowledge, yoga, and breath-work. The festival will feature twelve hours of daily yoga classes in four venues, facilitated by incomparable teachers: Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Mark Whitwell, Kia Miller, Jennica Mills, Laura Plumb, Erica Burkhalter, Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda, Hemalayaa Behl, Mas Vidal, Janet Stone, and Kristin Olson, to name only a few. All levels of students are welcome—beginner and advanced yogis alike are encouraged to join! There is something for everyone.

The Bhakti Fest workshops aim to enlighten all attendees with talks by as Radhanath Swami, a philanthropist and author of The Journey Home, who presents on his incredible spiritual journey; breath-work phenomenon, Michael Brian Baker whose students say his class “provides a life changing experience;” Manoj Chalam, a Murti scholar who uses humor and personal anecdotes in his lectures and workshops to illuminate Hindu mythology; and many more.

Presenters in the Sacred Women’s Tent include Dawn Cartwright, a Tantric visionary, sacred writer, world traveler, and innovator in bio-energetic Tantra fusion; Monika Nataraj, the creatrix of the 200-hour Mystical Dance® and Shakti Spirit® women’s teacher trainings in Thailand who also co-leads the Mystical Yogini women’s teacher training in India; Joanne Ameya Cohen a Certified Women’s Herbalist and Flower Essence Therapist, Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner, Feminine Embodiment Mentor, Counselor, and Shamanic Practitioner, who is passionate about helping women to let go of past pains and hurts in order to reclaim their Wild Feminine; among others.

In the Men’s Lodge Zat Baraka will help men to step out of the confines of their societal conditionings and into the new masculine way of being; other men’s lodge speakers will be announced. As always the annual festival will deliver an exclusive interview with Bhakti Fest elder, and spiritual icon, Ram Dass, whose book Be Here Now helped bring Eastern philosophy to the West in the 1960s.

Bhakti Fest also offers a healing sanctuary with massage, bodywork, energy work, and other wellness enhancing modalities. In addition, Bhaktis will feast on a variety of raw, vegan, and vegetarian food and beverage options. There is an extensive marketplace with eco-friendly, sustainable vendors who offer yoga gear, clothing, devotional art, musical instruments, CDs, crafts, jewelry and more. Bhakti Fest’s own Bhakti Shoppe will feature highly sought-after items from the bazaars of India.

Bhakti Fest is a vegetarian, family friendly, safe environment, free of alcohol and drugs. Children 12 and under are allowed in for free and there is a specific Bhakti Family Village where children can take part in music, yoga and enlightened play.

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center offers the perfect setting for inner reflection and spiritual reconnection, with its natural high desert beauty. Accommodations onsite include new private apartments, beds in the men’s and women’s dorms, glamping, camping, and RV parking. There are also several hotels within a few miles of the retreat center that offer discounts for attendees. Info on lodging is available at http://west.bhaktifest.com/lodging/.

With a world-class lineup of musicians and yoga instructors, more than 60 conscious workshops, and 100 artisan vendors, Bhakti Fest offers the most heart-opening, consciousness-raising experience of any festival on the scene today. Attendees describe the festival as “being immersed in the greatest conscious party you have ever experienced, filled with music, yoga, dancing, love, light, and heart centered community.”

About Bhakti Fest

Bhakti Fest is a festival series which celebrates the devotional path that has its roots in yoga, Kirtan, and meditation. It embraces ancient and modern sacred wisdom and traditional and non-traditional spiritual practices. All the artists, presenters, and vendors embody, practice, and share the spirit of Bhakti through a variety of ways, including continuous Kirtan, yoga classes, meditations and prayer, teachings and workshops, fire ceremonies, an eco-friendly, holistic marketplace, vegetarian, vegan, and raw cuisine, a wellness sanctuary including massage, bodywork, energy work, intuitive readings, and other unique life enhancing modalities. Bhakti Fest encourages the spirit of service and offers a work exchange program. The festival donates monies to a variety of non-profit organizations which provide food, education, and environmental beautification programs around the world.

Bhakti Fest would not be possible without the support of these generous sponsors; I-CODA, Organic India, Health Ade Kombucha, Desert Essence, Coconut Bliss, Divinitree Yoga & Art Studio, Shakti Juice and White Swan Records.

 

LIL’WEEZYANA FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), AUGUST 27TH 2016


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August 27th, 2016 – New Orleans, LA – Four time GRAMMY award-winning hip hop icon Lil Wayne is set to bring the second annual Lil’ Weezyana Festival to his hometown of New Orleans, LA in partnership with New Orleans’ radio station Q93 & Morris Bart, Esq., on Saturday, August 27th. The one-evening event hosted by Karen Civil and Q93 will include a special performance from ColleGrove – the massive collaborative project between Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, and more soon to be announced surprises. The now annual festival began last year, and featured Lil Wayne reuniting with The Hoy Boys, a special appearance by Drake, and more. The festival will return again to the Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. It will also be streamed for fans around the world exclusively on the TIDAL X platform. Tickets are available now and can be purchased here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1B0050DCA3BD3A27?did=tidal 

 

 

 

KING SUNNY ADE, LOS ANGELES (CA), AUGUST 14TH 2016


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This Sunday at the Regent Theater:

448 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

You may get more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/1146137-king-sunny-ade-los-angeles/

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Since the evolution of Juju music in Nigeria in the thirties no exponent has made a more lasting impact in the genre than King Sunny Ade. Dubbed the King of Juju music; as a singer, composer and guitarist, he has succeeded over the years in taking this Nigerian social music type to international heights.

 

32ND ANNUAL REGGAE ON THE RIVER, FRENCH’S CAMP (GARBERVILLE, CA), AUGUST 4TH-7TH 2016


Reggae on The River has improved much to my pleasant surprise, proving the adage; given that it is the longest running Reggae festival in US history in its 32nd year. This, per current staff, is due to the new influx of younger generations taking on organizational tasks. Unpaved roads and other areas were seemingly ready to receive thousands of campers and their vehicles, as early as Thursday morning. The “beach” area, upstream of the river, was turned into a gigantic sound system/after-party venue, which in turn contributed to its cleanliness instead of being polluted and swamped by campers. Eclectic art craft and food vendors were present as usual.

The festival featured an international line-up ranging from Dub Reggae legends Soul Syndicate to Roots Dancehall legends Sizzla Kalonji, Anthony B and Sister Carol, from Malian Blues Princess Fatoumata Diawara to Algerian Reggae-fusioned The Democratoz. Dancehall Legend Yellowman performed with his daughter K’reema. There was a plethora of promising newcomers: Protoje, Jah9, Jesse Royal, No-Maddz, New Kingston, Melekul (Sizzla’s son), Keznamdi etc…But the Festival was most certainly marked by the return of Sizzla Kalonji after an eight-year absence from the US , due to visa issues. Sizzla delivered a great performance punctuated with classic 90s and early 2000s hits, much to the delight of the crowd that sang along. Sizzla professed his gratitude to the Mateel Community organization throughout the show and post press conference, since they were solely responsible for the reactivation of his visa. And who’s better at closing than the highly-energetic/human rights activist Anthony B who literally rocked the crowd. The 32nd annual Reggae on the river was a success in reference to its organization, the live performances and attendance.

NEWCOMERS:

 

INTERNATIONAL ACTS:

 

PIONEERS:

 

THE RETURN OF SIZZLA KALONJI:

 

CLOSING ACT: ANTHONY B

 

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2016 ESSENCE FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS (LA), JUNE 30TH-JULY 3RD 2016


The 2016 Essence Festival was highly-inclusive since it featured relevant artists of every era from Charlie Wilson to Diddy down to Kendrick Lamar. Fans were delighted to see the highly-promoted Bad Boy reunion tour which showcased Legendary Biggie Hypeman/Rapper Diddy, classic Diva Faith Evans, Mase, 112 and latest addition hitmaker French Montana. “Essence” is huge with attendees from all over the nation and major sponsors, therefore they’re able to boast multiple stages and a beyond solid line-up which included Mariah Carey, Maxwell, Common, Tyrese and Jeremih to name a few. The New Orleans Superdome was nearly filled and concertgoers had ample time to visit the now revived and conveniently small city of New Orleans since the festival lasted four days. The Historical French Quarter offered various venues for impromptu after-parties.

Off-site New Orleans Convention Center hosted various events featuring Oprah Windfrey as well as Gospel singer Yolanda Adams. There were also mini game shows and parties in a family-friendly setting, as well as various vendors and organizations such as NASA selling and promoting their work respectively.

 

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SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016, BOONVILLE (CA), JUNE 17TH-19TH 2016


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The 2016 Sierra Nevada World Music Festival started on the wrong note on Friday June 17th as Lee Perry and Don Carlos’ shows were postponed until the next day due to rain. However, the weather on Saturday and Sunday was mild and sunny to the delight of the concert-goers who drove from various parts of the country to the very remote and rural area of Boonville (CA). The venue (Mendocino County Fairgrounds) was packed with novice and seasoned campers, as well as one-day concert attendees. The Festival, though Reggae-based, was very eclectic as usual and boasted musicians from North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Asia. The format was as in the past: Shows during the day and dancehall at night with Bay area and Kingston sound systems playing classic tunes and the latest hits. There were also food, clothing and art vendors who conducted business amidst a Brazilian Carnival-like atmostphere as Samba dancers and drummers marched around the venue. The three-day festival was closed by Alpha Blondy who delivered a great performance where the message of World Peace was pronounced and clear as the crowd roared in agreement.

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A TOUCH OF AFRICA IN SANTA CRUZ, SANTA CRUZ (CA), JUNE 2ND-5TH 2016


“A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz”, founded by Senegalese Mara Diakhate, took place in this historic beach town which has an affinity for cultural events. The event was organized by Da African Village Team in Santa Cruz which is comprised of Mara Diakhate, Dandha Da Hora, Anne Stafford, Veronica Howard Soto, Melanie Lee Godinho, Shaunte Jackson, Daffany, Abide Bebe, Laura Gilbert-Costa and Katrina Jeffries, to name a few. The Dance conference featured West African dancers and drummers representing their own or various ethnic backgrounds from Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Congo: Renowned Master Dancers such as Alassane Kane, Idy Ciss, Aziz Faye, Oumou Faye (Senegal), Djeneba Sakho, Ousseynou Kouyate (Mali), Marietou Camara (Guinea) and Vivien Bassouamina featuring Drum Ensemble Loubayi (Congo). Brazilian Samba Master Dancer Nilhina Fonseca also flew in from Bahia. And of course, all of the dance classes taught were accompanied by Master drummers from the regions previously mentioned: Ibou Ngon, Mbor Faye, Thiane Sene (Senegal) and Marcos Rodrigues (Brazil) to name a few. These drummers also offered drum classes in their respective disciplines, mainly djembe and congas. Attendance was high as various participants from the Bay area and Santa Cruz attended and there were also dance students from as far as New Orleans.

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Saturday and Sunday respectively ended with performances from local Brazilian band Sambada and Oakland-based West African group Diamano Coura. West African food with vegetarian options was made available to all attendees and there was also African clothing for sale which was showcased on Saturday’s fashion show. A few attendees were able to win airlines tickets to Africa through Ethiopian Airlines who were event donors.

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ANGELIQUE KIDJO, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 21st 2016


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Angelique Kidjo performed differently this time around in Los Angeles, in
the more intimate setting of the Luckman Theater which was at
full-capacity. This concert was acoustic as she only utilized a guitar
player, and local drum phenomenon Magatte Sow (Djembe, Sabar & Congas) who
always tours with her when needed. Angelique Kidjo was mostly interacting
with the audience, speaking about her childhood in Benin, musical
influences and humanitarian work (UNICEF, Amnesty International etc…).
She also discussed her humble beginnings as an expatriate musician in
Europe where she was discovered by world renowned music mogul Chris
Blackwell of Island Records, prior to moving to America and becoming a US
citizen. The beloved singer displayed her high octave voice range and sang
in three different languages including her native Fon, English and French,
much to the delight of the diverse crowd. She sang her first childhood song
and own classics, as well as others by musicians that influenced her,
including James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Celia Cruz. This concert was a
success and gave us a glimpse of who Angelique Kidjo is as a human being.

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Thank you Nnamdi Moweta of Radio Afrodicia (KPFK,  90.7FM) for sharing this picture.

 

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UCLA JAZZ & REGGAE FEST, LOS ANGELES (CA), MAY 30TH 2016


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Jazz Reggae Festival has been an integral part of the UCLA and LA communities for the past 29 years. In honor of the festival’s 30th anniversary, we are celebrating three decades of good vibes, jammin’ music, and cultural enrichment with a one-day festival under the Los Angeles sun. From the festival’s humble beginnings in 1986, it has continued to grow and develop while forging connections between UCLA and the broader Los Angeles community. Alongside sustainable initiatives and live art, the festival has showcased talent ranging from Ziggy Marley to Snoop Dogg to Erykah Badu. This year, Jazz Reggae Festival is returning to its roots, presenting headliners from the genres of jazz and reggae accompanied by a curated selection of talented student bands.

You may obtain more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.jazzreggaefest.com

2016 JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL, JOSHUA TREE (CA), MAY 12TH-15TH 2016


 

 

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The 2016 Joshua Tree Music Festival took place as usual in the panoramic setting of the Joshua Tree desert. The festival was family-oriented with RV and regular camping available, as well as health food, art craft vendors and Yoga practitioners; much to the delight of the local and surrounding communities which include Los Angeles and San Diego.

The musical line-up was very eclectic and ranged from New-Orleans Funk (Dumpstaphunk), Chicago Blues (The Main Squeeze), acoustic Reggae (Del Corazon), Ethiopian Jazz (Dhara World Music Quartet) to the local favorite fusioned sound of The Desert Rhythm Project. The three-day Festival was peaceful and well-organized.

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SHAKTI FEST, JOSHUA TREE (CA), MAY 13TH-15TH 2016


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Photo courtesy of Sandra Goodin Photography, featuring Aminah Tolbert of Wolof Times and Carmen Curtis, founder of AIREAL Yoga and also former NCAA gymnastics champion (UCLA).

Ever felt anything more potent than a woman’s touch? 2016 SHAKTI West
Festival in Joshua Tree celebrated affinity, totality, rebirth, cosmos
and reverence touch of the Divine Feminine. Being in the bhav inhabits
the human body as a sacred vessel, enthralling curio paths to
self-love. Workshops, practices, restorative sessions at Shakti
collaborated cutting-edge artists, chants from the heart, or kirtan,
soul-centered yoga, caverns of souls unleashing passion for the
eclectic similes of Shakti. Each appearing artist or teacher offered
sensational journeys into their intimate world of stories. To capture
a few, Tantra Workshop leader Dawn Cartwright advocates “we are the
ecstasy we’ve been longing for all our lives.” AIReal Yoga founder,
Carmen Curtis honored “excellent way to grow yoga practice while
feeling safe.” This modality of yoga knows no bounds, surrendering
body in movements and trusting support of the flow. Both these leaders
as well as all the Shakti artists reminded patrons Divine Feminine
quite inebriating, safely empyreal about opening spirits and
transcending limitations. Soul-centered yoga, chanting, mantra, music,
meditation, hot-soaking, sound baths, tantra and/or ecstatic sunset
dance concluded in lightning rods of contention! Shakti is the growth
edge that amenably welcomes insights, divine feminine and support
endless possibilities simultaneously relaxing and broadening horizons.
Feed your soul, meet other avid yogis or Shakti supporters…and perhaps grab a soul signature of your favorite lineup. Return home with
ultimate inspirations, fresh voices, and new lenses to carry one
through to BHAKTI.

Aminah Tolbert is a Worldwide reporter and photographer for Wolof Times.

 

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SHAKTI FEST, JOSHUA TREE (CA), MAY 13TH-15TH 2016


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The Yoga and Music Experience of a Lifetime.
MAY 13 – 15, 2016 • JOSHUA TREE, CA
SHAKTI FEST IS THE PREMIER YOGA, SACRED MUSIC, AND PERSONAL GROWTH FESTIVAL IN THE COUNTRY CELEBRATING THE DIVINE FEMININE.

SINCE 2011, FOR FIVE DAYS EACH MAY, WE HAVE FEATURED THE BEST YOGA TEACHERS, KIRTAN MUSICIANS, AND WORKSHOP LEADERS IN THE WORLD. WE ARE PART OF THE CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL STUDIES, A 501C3 NONPROFIT THAT SUPPORTS CHARITIES ACROSS THE GLOBE, MAINLY IN INDIA.
PROCEEDS GENERATED EACH YEAR, AFTER WE COVER OUR COSTS, GO TO OUR CHOSEN CAUSES. WE ACCEPT DONATIONS TO HELP US PROVIDE EXTRAORDINARY FESTIVALS AND GIVE SUPPORT TO THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THAN US. WE INVITE YOU TO VIEW OUR GALLERY. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU IN THE BHAV!
SHAKTI FEST CELEBRATES THE DEVOTIONAL PATHS OF YOGA, KIRTAN (SACRED MUSIC), AND MEDITATION AND PLACES A SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON THE DIVINE FEMININE. OUR FESTIVAL IS A DRUG AND ALCOHOL-FREE VEHICLE FOR EVOLUTION OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS THROUGH A HEART-CENTERED REVOLUTION. BRING YOUR YOGA MATS THIS COMING MAY TO THE IDYLLIC JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER, LOCATED IN THE BEAUTIFUL REGION 2 HOURS EAST OF LOS ANGELES. PRACTICE WITH THE BEST YOGA TEACHERS IN THE WORLD, DANCE TO SACRED MUSIC BY WORLD-RENOWN KIRTAN ARTISTS, AND TAKE WORKSHOPS WITH LEADERS IN THE FIELD OF PERSONAL GROWTH. CAMP OUT BENEATH THE STARS OR STAY AT ONE OF OUR MANY ACCOMMODATIONS ON AND OFFSITE; ENJOY THE SWIMMING POOL AND FREE FILTERED DRINKING WATER; STOP IN AT “CONSCIOUS KIDS LAND” AND EXPOSE YOUR CHILDREN TO OTHER ENLIGHTENED FAMILIES; ENJOY THE BEST VEGETARIAN FOOD AT ANY FESTIVAL. WE OFFER STUDENT, SENIOR, AND LOCAL RESIDENT DISCOUNTS. WE’RE BUILDING SACRED COMMUNITY—JOIN US!

YOU MAY PURCHASE TICKETS OR OBTAIN MORE INFO HERE: http://www.shaktifest.bhaktifest.com

A TOUCH OF AFRICA IN ANAHEIM, ANAHEIM (CA), APRIL 30TH-MAY 29TH 2016


 

“A Touch of Africa in Anaheim” with Da’ African Village – FREE

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April 30 – May 29

The mission of Da’ African Village is to foster the cultural exchange between Africa and the world, as well as develop sustainable communities by way of commerce, community involvement, musical performances and education. Founder Serigne “Mara” Diakhate is a native of Dakar, Senegal. Educating others by equipping them with the knowledge of the history, culture and language of West Africa is a part of his life’s work.

FREE PROGRAMMING – JOIN US!

Sat April 30 – 3-4:30pm – “A Touch of Africa in Anaheim” Opening Reception
Sat May 7 – 11am-12pm – Traditional Senegalese Drum & Dance Documentary and Q&A
Sun May 8 – 3-4:30pm – Hip Hop in Senegal Demonstration by Isabelle Barros
Sat May 14 – 6-10pm – ACE (Art Crawl Experience) Drum Circle in Carnegie Courtyard
Sat May 21 – 3-4:30pm – “Mama Africa and A Trip to Senegal” Presentation
Sun May 29 – 1-3pm – Exhibition Closing Celebration

VENUE:

MUZEO (Museum and Cultural Center)

241 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
714-956-8936
info@muzeo.org

Wolof Times was in attendance of the event on May 8th where Senegalese-born Jordan Diandy (Ex-Vanguard University Basketball player) delivered a great presentation pertaining to Hip Hop in Senegal.

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Hip Hop culture has spread throughout the globe since its creation  in 1979. This art of oral expression is very similar to TAASU which is the medium that Senegalese Griots use to relate the history of a family or a village over beats. TAASU is mainly Rap over the traditional Senegalese drum called the Sabar. The Griots perform at cultural events such as weddings or birth celebrations to name a few. Therefore, the Senegalese youth of today relate strongly to this music genre and use it to express various ideas which range from social to political issues but also just Party & Dance. There are at least 5000 Hip Hop groups in Senegal including the most popular Daara J (Reggae & Hip Hop) and solo rappers NIX the equivalent of a conscious Lil’ Wayne and Gunman Xuman with his innovative Rap news broadcast on YouTube. In France, Senegal’s colonial state, we cannot forget to mention French Senegalese rapper Booba who’s by far the most successful French language rapper in the world and has collaborated with the likes of Diddy, T-Pain, 2 Chainz and music producer Ryan Leslie. And of course, US-bred Senegalese born Akon who’s topped American and World Hip Hop & Pop charts both as a singer and as a producer, has put Senegal on the map. He’s also responsible for providing electricity to 600 million African homes through his “Lightning project”.

The event also features an art exposition that encompasses various West African countries including Senegal and Mali. Art and clothing can also be purchased at the venue.

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SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016, BOONVILLE (CA), JUNE 17TH-19TH 2016


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The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival is pleased to offer Advance tickets to the 23rd annual SNWMF, which will take place June 17-19, 2016 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds located in Boonville, California. Advance tickets are available online and via mail order: http://www.snwmf.com/

EPIPHANY ARTISTS 23ND ANNUAL SUMMER SOLSTICE & PEACE CELEBRATION, JUNE 17, 18 & 19, 2016!

Mark your calendar for SNWMF 2016 at the beautiful Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, CA! Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Anderson Valley, The Mendocino County Fairgrounds is the perfect setting for our gathering that unites music and nature lovers from throughout the world.

SNWMF is an annual family reunion for many and is known as being one of the most positive festivals with an incredibly irie vibe. This year, Epiphany Artists presents another intriguing lineup of the best in roots reggae and world music on two stages and in our late night Dance Hall.

Come sing, dance! Welcome the summer sun and embrace the sweet sounds of reggae and world music!

Soak in the beautiful streaming colors and irresistible aromas of our festival village of global arts, crafts and food. Join in the festivities at both the Solstice Stage and the Kidz Zone which features a special lineup of performances and workshops for children of all ages!

SNWMF is dedicated to nurturing a world family peacefully united in celebration of the universal spirit of music. We look forward to celebrating with you!

REGGAE ON THE MOUNTAIN, TOPANGA CANYON (CA), JULY 23RD-24TH 2016


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SAT, JUL 23, 2016 AT 10:00 AM

(PAST EVENT)

Reggae on the Mountain 2016
The Topanga Community Club, Topanga, CA
Label27 proudly presents the 7th annual REGGAE ON THE MOUNTAIN July 23 & 24 2016!
Located in beautiful Topanga Canyon, LA’s premier Reggae Festival returns bringing you the best in international and local talent on two stages!
Come enjoy a weekend of amazing music, delicious food and drinks, eclectic vendors and good vibes!
All ages event, kids 12 and under free!
Daily Line Up:
SAT MAIN STAGE:
Don Carlos
Third World
The Delirians
The Steady 45s
Pachamama

SAT HILLTOP STAGE:
Raiz Muzik
Bodhi Rock
SYNRGY
Marcus I
TBA

SUNDAY MAIN STAGE:
Steel Pulse
Keznamdi
Quinto Sol w/ Empress Akua
Arise Roots
Ital Vibes

SUNDAY HILLTOP STAGE
Soulutionaries
Iya Terra
Prime Livity
Spliff Vison
J Dubs

You may get more info and purchase tickets here: http://www.reggaeonthemountain.com

VEGAN STREET FAIR, NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CA), MARCH 19TH 2016


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The Vegan Fair street festival is a great event for local Noho residents
interested in trying various cuisines from various Los Angeles vegan restaurants.
There was a great turnout this year considering the long waiting lines in
front of every kiosk as well as the variety of vegan dishes provided from
Mexican, to Indian to American restaurants to name a few. You may get more info here: http://www.veganstreetfair.com

 

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LEIMERT PARK ART WALK, LOS ANGELES (CA), LAST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH


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The Leimert Park Art Walk is an invigorating event for the
local African-American community as it offers a platform for local artists,
musicians, dancers and comedians to practice their craft in front of
attendees from diverse areas of Los Angeles. This event takes place the last Sunday of every Monday and also features Art, food and clothing vendors.

 

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