African Fest


Live drumming, African dance, hip hop, food and more!


Thursday, April 20, 2006
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
International Rooms (Third Floor)
Tom Bradley International Hall
at Strathmore and Charles Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Information provided by Marcelo Mitnik and Dutta Hailemariam - contact world@saonet.ucla.edu

From:  Marcelo Eduardo Mitnik
Subject: Special Event: AFRICAN FEST (WorldFest 2006)

Dear UCLA Family,

The Dashew International Center, the Cultural Affairs Commission, and the Office of Residential Life are very pleased to invite you to "African Fest" an evening of electrifying performances from the second largest continent. This event will be one day in a week-long celebration of cultures from around the world.

The concert will take place on Thursday, April 20th at the Dashew International Center (Tom Bradley International Hall). The night's performances will feature a number of local African artists whose talents range from traditional drumming, to "Roots" music, and some contemporary pop as well. The show will definitely satisfy many different musical tastes.

Don't miss the opportunity to experience first-hand the wonderful musical traditions and styles emanating from Africa.  All UCLA students, scholars, staff, faculty and friends are welcome to attend this unique event.

If you want to participate, please visit the website (www.internationalcenter.ucla.edu) or http://www.internationalcenter.ucla.edu/programs/special/index.html
and reserve your spot online by clicking on the "Special Events" icon.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Francis Awe & The Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble:
The Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble was founded in 1985 by Master Drummer Francis Awe, in response to the growing international interest in the "talking drum." Since its inception, the Ensemble of drummers and dancers has educated and entertained audiences worldwide.

Currently based in Los Angeles, the ensemble has performed at such landmark venues as the J. Paul Getty Museum, Disneyland, the Los Angeles Theatre Center, and the celebration for Nelson Mandela at the Los Angeles Coliseum; as well as at major cultural festivals such as the African Marketplace, the Los Angeles Festival and the World Festival of Sacred Music.

Wanlov:
This eclectic artist of Ghanaian-Romanian background has been surrounded by music for as long as he can remember. His sound is a refreshing blend of polyglotic, hip-hop and West African Roots. Think Fela Kuti's spirit, Mos Def's presence and Sizzla Kalonji's fire all harnessed in one performer. In recent years Wanlov has collaborated with Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, Ghana's Hiplife pioneer and Highlife legend, as well as other eclectic artists. He has performed at numerous universities, theatres, and club venues all over the United States.

Ida:
Ida recently visited her home country Kenya where she was received very well. While there, she worked with top Kenyan producers who produced her collaborative work with top Kenyan artists.

A natural songwriter and composer, Ida blends her creative abilities with her music to form a style that is unique and truly refreshing. A singing virtuoso in her own right, she continues to bridge the gap between the young and the old with her style of music in which she blends R&B, hip-hop with pop and world music.

Information on non-ASC events is forwarded for informational purposes and does not reflect opinions of or endorsements by African Studies Center personnel.

Refreshments will be served.

Special Instructions

RSPV on-line; parking is available for $8.


Cost : Free; RSVP on-line at http://www.internationalcenter.ucla.edu/programs/special/index.html

For more information please contant:

DuttaHailemariam

Tel: 310-267-1982

world@saonet.ucla.edu


www.internationalcenter.ucla.edu


Sponsor(s): , The Dashew International Center, the Cultural Affairs Commission, and the Office of Residential Life. Information on non-ASC events is forwarded for informational purposes and does not reflect opinions of or endorsements by African Studies Center personnel.