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Fortunately, there are not many of the later held in this era. doundounba festivals are held as festive occasions and a time for the men to come out and honor themselves and their communities. A wonderful addition is that now, Women dance doundounba as well; just as vigorously as the men. What a wonderful set of videos to usher in the spring.
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Enjoy this intensive weekend tightening up technique, Lamba & Kuku accompaniments, and learning traditional solos for both. Also, learn drills to improve speed, alternating of hands and soloing
From: 11:00 – To: 05:00
Hello Internet City! The debate on women playing drums; congas, djembe & bata , continues into 2012. This worn out conversation, like tattered cloth,needs to be burned in the fire and released. Women have played and will continue to play drums through eternity. To demonstrate the point, we present again Obini Bata, the first all women’s percussion ensemble in Cuba. These fabulous performers play congas and the bata, going against the strictures of worn out religious conventions to live their passion. May every woman out there walking in doubt be inspired by their divinely inspired music. We salute these sistahs and honor the music they bring. Enjoy Obini Bata!
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Baba Adetunji Joda came to America with Baba Olatunji over a quarter of a century ago. Baba Olatunji has become an Eegun, and we miss him. However, we are blessed because Baba Joda remains in the Denver area teaching Yoruba song and dance. During the Colorado Black Arts Festival, the Ujamaa Dance Collective performed an impromptu tribute to Baba Joda acknowledging 25 years of teaching and influence. There are over 100 drummers and dancers now performing in a multitude of venues with their own companies, their children and their grandchildren who owe their start in West African culture to Baba Joda. Baba Joda has touched Denver across many cultures, races and many generations.
The words to the song mean, ” Beautiful, Beautiful! Look at all the beautiful people!” This is the first song Baba Joda teaches. How appropriate to sing it back to him at the 25th anniversary of of the Colorado Black Arts Festival! Ashe O!
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