Friday, August 11, 2017

Our beloved transitioned: Ivey and Nebt'kata

august2017: Bay Area, California: St. Louis and Chicago

Nzo Califa Dance Works, pays homage to the lives of our beloved Arts Community Elders recently transitioned within the past week. We extend our deepest condolences to their respective Family members 
and Communal kinship and continue to honor them in sweet vigil. 
~Respectfully, R. Califa @nzoCALIFA 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

nzoCALIFA: Bon Ache' RTL Vodou Voyage: Destination CUBA!

R. Califa in kinship Cultural Exchange  Tour to Haiti with 
Rara Tou Limen 2014; Le Peristyle Mariani, Ati Max, 
Manbo Rachel, w/ Kongo Ambassadorship Mama Alphocine 
& #CSQwest comrade Bro. Massengo of Malaki Ma Kongo

nzooCALIFA -- Hailing from a blazed #Dance trek, her #Dancestory is truly emblazoned by that of Ancestral commission, married to the service of the Haitian Lwa known as "Ashade Bon Manbo". From Beaumont, Texas to the Bay Area for over 20 years Portsha Terae Jefferson also revered as, "Ashade Bon Manbo" has cultivated a trajectory of #Dance excellence, dynamic performance and a cultural legacy of training, education and cultural exchange. Often nurtured by Bay Area Dance luminaries Lynn Coles and Blanche Brown to name a few, to Haitian Dance Masters such as Pioneer Vivianne Gauthier [iba'e] with consistent training at Ecole Nationale de Artes [ENARTS], transcended through the establishment of Rara Tou Limen Haitian Performing Company in 2004, #Oakland, California.

Ms Jefferson's visionary Artistic leadership and RTL Company's unforgettable presentations have garnered her the attention as respected colleague and emerging cultural gatekeeper, forging new trailways through ancient traditions -- staying truth to the sojourn carving pathways for many to flourish crossing boundaries and dimensions in the #Dance. 

In grand salute Queen, Sistar & Nayson Rara Tou Limen. Ayibobooo!  
R. Califa, Nzo Califa, Dance Works 

featured below is Portsha's reflections of their 
upcoming Voyage:
Visionary Artistic leader Portsha Jefferson & Rara Tou Limen toured to Haiti 2014, with cultural
exchange initiatives to Canada 2016, embarking upon RTL Vodou Voyage 2017: Destination Cuba
source: July 31, 2017 Facebook post 
Flashback: "Our artistic offering and choreo-prayer, Limye pou Ayiti will soon hit the stage in Port-au-Prince! I keep asking myself "Is this REALLY happening?!" In this moment, it all seems so surreal. This cultural exchange tour to Haiti is GRAND. I know. I think big. I dream big. I choreograph big (ask any company member!) Why? Because I manifest GREATNESS!"  
    "Minokan" was RTL's promo photo for our Haiti tour, August 2014... 3 years later, personnel changes, energy shifts, out of state/country moves, babies born, growth, lessons, development...3 years later, August 2017, we are embarking on a new journey, new country, new developments, new ENERGY to help shape, enrich and INSPIRE us individually and collectively. Countdown: We leave for Cuba in 5 days! Thank you all for your love, support, prayers, and generous donations thus far. Onward and upward! AYIBOBO!!!" 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

nzoCALIFA: SERVED on the Dance Floor, Old Skool Rules!

#nzoCALIFA -- Family, Fraternal and Club Reunions; Dancing in clan, Men Dancing 'hood tight to Samba de rodas and Ole skool crowd pleasers. You know it's #Townbizness when Event Party Empresario and #Oaklandnative Terrance "T-CAL" Calloway invites one and all to his Crown Day celebration, held on July 22nd, featuring Turntable Queen #PamTheFunktress aka "Purple Pam" on the wheels of steel and Sway Calloway of SwaysUniverse on the mic - But SEE who truly SERVED on the #Dance Floor at Eve's Waterfront?! (formerly the Rusty Scuppers) // ~R. Califa

T. Calloway's  B-day Celebration in "Peace, Love & Town Bizness"
Oakland, CA  *destination: Eve's Waterfront
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vid credit: Shaunte M. Jackson of, *muita obrigada 

SJSU Spartan Football Coach and Celebrated Former Dancer for MC Hammer, Alonzo Carter on high beam, as Blue-Phi/Soul Train Alumnus Jeffrey McCrimon slides to the side; Samba Funk's King Theo priming the floor and closing out the jump off, yours truly R. Califa @nzoCALIFA  join in a Frat/Soror STOMP in shared #Dance kinship, uplifting the theme for the eve in "Peace, Love & TownBizness." #RiteOn #PeaceLoveTownbizness #OldSkoolRules #Danceyourdestiny

Turntable Queen "Pam The Funktress"  lit up the celebrations while spinning Fam' vibrations
Calloways, Ramos, Baffour-Gyan, Mc Crimon #RiteOn #FamilyFirst
foto cr: Flo' Wiley, Black Beat Bay Area

Check out T-CAL on instagram @tcalloway_

Cupcakes baked especially by  
Shirt created by Aswad Inc Custom T-shirts @aswadinc on Instagram
@nzoCALIFA works in motion, please visit us above. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

nzoCALIFA: 100 Black Women in White - Divine indeed!

@nzoCALIFA -- This Divine revolution will  not be blogged, for you had to be there and need to go see it! Posted below is a very minute glimpse into a multi-dynamic Artistic spectrum -- an Artist movement invoking a powerful CALL known as The Black Woman is God exhibition created by over 100 Artists, envisioned by co-curators Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green held in its second year,  @somarts Gallery San Francisco, CA
July 20, 2017 - August 26, 2017 and this year's theme, "The Divine Revolution".   
                                    [l to r] Maya Moseley-Katakanga, Sister Linda Johnson, R. Califa & Trina Fields

As I love Street Processions, Ritual Theatre or the Ceremonial steeped in African Spiritual traditions, This year, I checked in with one of the procession leader to volunteer as a procession attendant, "crewed up" with a couple of friends. Answering @tbwig call, West African Dance Pioneer, Sister Linda Faye Johnson, serving as an Artistic anchor for the 100 Black Women in White [#100BWW] procession, joined in kinship with colleagues Anita Brooks, Vocal Teacher & Musician & Betty Ladzekpo, Master Teacher & Company Director along with alumnus of West African Music and Dance Ensemble.
     Community participants of this wing were marinated in the Artistic wisdom of Dance, Voice, and Music taught by celebrated Bay Area Master Artists; And all wings of #100BWW adjoined in The Divine Revolution in procession opening the way for the Exhibition's reception:

“paying tribute to Black people who have worked tirelessly to heal the 
community through art, culture, and spirituality.” @tbwig

@tbwig "100 Black Women in White" Procession stewards look on with reverence as the      "Black Lives Matter" Masquerade dances up vitality and invoking continued ease to the Mothers of those slain unjustly - Global Street Dance Masquerade is ushered through Rashad Pridgen, Artistic Director. ~ @nzoCALIFA  

A powerful #Dance Transformation Agent, as #Dance Pioneer, Sister Linda Johnson
invokes the movement of 100 Black Women in White to Dance in jubilation, "LAMBA".
Master Drummers: Baba Tumani Onabiyi on Djembe, Samba Guisse, Tama player & Monica Hastings Smith, Djun & Masquerade.

They Greeted Me First...
@nzoCALIFA - A petit curtsy to Ayana Ivery's "Holy Trinity" (2017) One of the many Art shrines
you'll feelcompelled to salute at The Black Woman is God Exhibition,
Somarts Gallery, SF, CA July 20th- Aug. 26th 2017| FREE