BITEZO BIA KONGO is a Congolese dance company from the Bay Area directed by Arnaud Loubayi from Congo Brazzaville, Republic of Congo . We were featured in the 2017 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. We will be performing traditional dances Zebola & Esombi, as well as Soukous a popular Afro-Urban dance form
JAX, the four sibling Haitian-American band, will be performing a set of conscious, harmony rich music.
Based out of Oakland, California and connecting to the African continent and her Diaspora, Afro Urban Society is a network of Artists and Culture Workers coming together to vision, collaborate and create. We aim to sustain the resiliency, interconnection and unique artistic and cultural expressions of Urban Africans through art production, performance and artist engagement.
Mandjou Kone with Mohamed Kouyante
Mandjou Koné was born and raised in West Africa in the countries of Mali and Burkina Faso. She was born into the Koné family, a well-known Griot Family. The Griots people of West Africa are world renown for their unique ability to record events carefully and accurately, passing history from one generation to the other. One cannot learn to become a Griot; rather one is born into it. Being a Griot there is a responsibility to preserve the culture.
Makaya is an inspiring teacher who is full of energy and a lot of smiles. Since the age of 5 he has been cultivating his love of the Congolese dance and drum. Makaya is initiated and ritually trained in the Art of Congolese dance and music. A master dancer and drum teacher. He brings the spirit of the Congo to every class!
Djay Slim straight from Africa! The number 1 African DJ has been igniting audiences with his afrobeats, caribbean, funk, and cumbia fusion beats. Since 2001. This Kenya-born sound maestro has blared caffeinated rhythms from dance hall speakers, inspiring his audiences to shymie and shake.
“When I dj, I see how different sounds make people move and take them to a whole new world.”
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"The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater then our suffering."