SANCOCHO MUSIC AND DANCE COLLAGE
Sancocho, (san-KO-choh) is a stew in Latin America that combines meats, vegetables and spices to create a unique taste. Using this metaphor, the ensemble focuses on music and dance traditions from the African diaspora that are Spanish-speaking and have strong African cultural retentions, such as Rumba and Bailes Orishas from Cuba and Bomba from Puerto Rico. The artistic director, Iris Rosa, and musical director, Andre Rosa-Artis, lead a group of drummers and dancers to combine a delicious concoction that is sure to satisfy your musical appetite.
AMOAH'S AFRICAN DRUM WORKS
Rhythm is an essential part of every living entity of and on this earth. The rhythm of our heartbeat and our breath plays on continuously, even in our sleep. There is a drum in every culture on the planet, but we have strayed from our cultural roots. It is the mission of Amoah's African Drum Works to re-unite us with our drums and put us back in touch with our internal rhythms and one of the most powerful energy sources in the universe … ourselves. Anthony 'Tony' Artis received the name of 'Yaw Amoah' (AH-mo-wah) in the village of Kwao Baa, Eastern Region, Ghana, West Africa, in 1992, during a visit in which he began his study of drum making. Tony named Amoah's African Drum Works in honor of the teachers and people of Kwao Baa, for the extension of their knowledge, wisdom, love and hospitality as they unselfishly welcomed him home.
"Find your rhythm..."
ORI AFRO JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Ori', (aw-REE), is a music ensemble based in Indianapolis, IN, that focuses on contemporary popular music with an emphasis on AfroLatin and AfroCaribbean jazz. The name, Ori', is a word from the Yoruba of southwest Nigeria, West Africa, that refers to the 'little voice' (aka 'conscience') that all of us have inside our heads that guides us on our life path. Let Ori' guide you on a tour of Jazz melodic structures and African diasporic rhythms that will sonically energize, refresh and revitalize. THE CD, "THAT VOICE INSIDE" IS HERE!!! Be the first in your neighborhood to groove with Ori!!
HOUSE OF LIFE / ILE TI EMI / LA CASA DE LA VIDA
The mission of the House of Life is to enable people to resurrect the self-respect, pride and awareness of their own heritage, talents, gifts and abilities. This restoration will enable the demonstration of how all people can work for liberation from the bondage and injustice created by racial, class and gender inequality throughout the world.
"True culture provides us with a personal and societal structure that enables the ongoing cultivation of our optimal genetic expression and also ensures that the knowledge gained by the society over time is stored and reused to ensure the continuing cultivation and self-actualization of the next generation." -TemTi Sahu Ra (2013)