Friday, December 2, 2016

Make the #DANCE Mean Something into 2017

Dance mantra: "Make that Dance thing, mean something behbe" Claude Waters, Jr [grandfather]




Saturday, November 19, 2016

nzoCALIFA: Crafting Ancestral Conjurations - Dec. 18th

Mark you Calendar! As @nzoCALIFA ushers its Ancestral wares and crafts into this year's Celebrated Bazaar & CraftsFair Season.
It'll be a Dance devotee's dive hive and handmade treasured gifts of legacy for you andor your loved ones.#nzoCALIFAncestry will be onsite encouraging our kinship folks to honor their Ancestors, know your storybring your Family Charts or come start one.
African Diaspora Bazaar and CraftsFair - Dec. 18, 2016
Humanist Hall 390 27th St. Oakland, CA 

Friday, October 28, 2016

nzoCALIFAncestry: Ancestors, Muertos, Fet Gede Celebrations

Fall 2016 Ancestral Season  Egun ire'o, Egun iba'se - Everyday is a day of reflection and remembrance of those who belong to us. Fall Harvest rites include Seasonal Celebrations of Good Souls and All Good Saints. Our Ancestral Avatar Tonti Reginae Louisianne invokes our platform to survey the Bay Area and create a pix list to engage all those of us with Ancestors to get in Formation and propitiation -- And this means YOU! KWA SIMBO Bom Fete Gede to our Haitian kinship throughout the U.S. to the Bay, Bom fete to our kinfolks in  New Orleans; Feliz Dias de los Muertos with signs of Calveras and Marigolds lacing the districts of San Jose to San Francisco - Bendición; A grand Salute of light and progress to the Mighty T[C]hamba Heritage and Society. May we all be enlightened by the wisdom of our Ancestors. Question?! Have you added names to your Family Tree lately?!  Download a form below* and or contact us at nzocalifa@yahoo.com  Walk well good folks!   

 ~R. Califa, Nzo Califa Dance Works                        __________________________                                                                   
SAN JOSE, CA



OAKLAND, CA






Current Exhibits and Events

Dia de los Muertos * SUN. October 30, 2016

2:00p - 6:00p Market St, STOCKTON, CA


NEW ORLEANS, LA

*Be inspired by the origins of Celebrating Day of the Dead*
Understanding Mexicans: Día de Muertos
website: www.mayitzin.com |  Twitter: @mayitzin

SAN FRANCISCO MISSION DISTRICT


OAKLAND, CA [near 23rd Ave]



BAY AREA, CA

Festival Advisory
Learn traditional songs for the Gede family, and sway your hips to the infectious rhythms 
of Maskawon, Zarenyen, and Banda!
  • Song Workshop with Daniel "Brav" Brevil | Musical Director, RTL
  • Dance Performance with Rara Tou Limen | elevationx9
  • Dance Workshop with Portsha Jefferson | Artistic Director, RTL
*** Community Potluck to immediately follow Dance Workshop***

Please bring a dish, drink, snack or dessert offering to share with the community
FET WEAR: 

Please wear Purple, Black and White, the traditional colors for Gede.
 Suggested offerings for Ancestor Altar:

photos of loved ones, flowers, white candles, alcohol, fruit, florida water, etc.
Suggest offerings for the Gede altar:

rum, cigars, crosses, skeletons, money, peppers, white powder, black hat, 

black glasses, baton



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*Family Tree Chart Form*
courtesy of #nzoCALIFAncestry



nzoCALIFAncestry: Ancestors, Muertos, Fet Gede Celebrations

Fall 2016 Ancestral Season  Egun ire'o, Egun iba'se - Everyday is a day of reflection and remembrance of those who belong to us. Fall Harvest rites include Seasonal Celebrations of Good Souls and All Good Saints. Our Ancestral Avatar Tonti Reginae Louisianne invokes our platform to survey the Bay Area and create a pix list to engage all those of us with Ancestors to get in Formation and propitiation -- And this means YOU! KWA SIMBO Bom Fete Gede to our Haitian kinship throughout the U.S. to the Bay, Bom fete to our kinfolks in New Orleans; Bien venido Dias de los Muertos with signs of Calveras and Marigolds lacing the districts of San Jose to San Francisco - Bendición; A grand Salute of light and progress to the Mighty T[C]hamba Heritage and Society. May we all be enlightened by the wisdom of our Ancestors. Question?! Have you added names to your Family Tree lately?!  Download a form below* and or contact us at nzocalifa@yahoo.com  Walk well good folks!   

 ~R. Califa, Nzo Califa Dance Works                        __________________________                                                                   

SAN JOSE, CA


OAKLAND, CA






Current Exhibits and Events

Dia de los Muertos * SUN. October 30, 2016

2:00p - 6:00p Market St, STOCKTON, CA


NEW ORLEANS, LA
SAN FRANCISCO, CA





BAY AREA, CA

Festival Advisory
Learn traditional songs for the Gede family, and sway your hips to the infectious rhythms 
of Maskawon, Zarenyen, and Banda!
  • Song Workshop with Daniel "Brav" Brevil | Musical Director, RTL
  • Dance Performance with Rara Tou Limen | elevationx9
  • Dance Workshop with Portsha Jefferson | Artistic Director, RTL
*** Community Potluck to immediately follow Dance Workshop***

Please bring a dish, drink, snack or dessert offering to share with the community

FET WEAR: 

Please wear Purple, Black and White, the traditional colors for Gede.
 Suggested offerings for Ancestor Altar:

photos of loved ones, flowers, white candles, alcohol, fruit, florida water, etc.
Suggest offerings for the Gede altar:

rum, cigars, crosses, skeletons, money, peppers, white powder, black hat, 

black glasses, baton



#       #      #

Family Tree Chart Form*
courtesy of #nzoCALIFAncestry



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

OAKLAND DANCE: invoking Next Level Movement ~nzoCALIFA pix

@nzoCALIFA -- #Oakland It's a powerFULL time for #Oakland Dance, from the studios to the streets, of global proportions wielding powerful throws of cyclonic fireballs of CHANGE -- GET CALIBRATED! Giving praise to life, swiftly engaged in Ancestral rites of celebrations and elevations, never losing sight of the slain, we are fueled by swings, cuts and blows that shall leave an indelible print upon this Bay Area Cultural Artscape -  Unapologetically. In this post, although a petite pix list as it relates to @nzoCALIFA kinships in motion, we salute our #Dance comrades and kinship aligned. #RiteOn

Please partake, participate and Celebrate
#OaklandDance Movement



October 22nd &23rdTIX411: KKDE 20th Anniversary  - Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble 20th Anniversary Concert featuring Dance Reunion, Premiere works and honoring our fellow Dancestor - Ms. Roquisha Townsend [iba'e] A Grand Salute to Dance force, K*Star Producer and our kinship Dance Partner Ms. Kendra Kimbrough Barnes, Big Love! ~ R. Califa @nzoCALIFA 
TIX411: OCT. 21-22/ Eastside ARTS Alliance: Buy TIX here | Be challenged by these works high octane fueled "House/Full of Black Women: THE MEANING OF CANARIES"
Envisioned and Womanifested by Global Artist Visionaries, Activists and Healers - Amara Tabor Smith and Ellen Sebastian Chang - flanked by contending Dance forces advocating for Daughters, Sisters, Nieces, Granddaughters, Aunties, Grandmothers, MOM -- US and THEM! Brace yourself for a catalyst of CHANGE of cyclonic proportions  is already in motion.
OCT. 30th SUN: Eastside Arts Alliance and Dimensions Dance Theater 
present PROJECT PANTHER propels forward commemorating  a 
historical proportions of  The Black Panther Party's 50th Anniversary.
FREE to the Community - If ever there was a Dance Voice to this movement and era,
be certain that Dance Cultural Luminary,
Ms. Deborah Vaughan delivers with impact, ammo'd with 4 decades of chronicling and amplifying Oakland's #Dance voice and global ambassadorship. BE THERE and BE MOVED! #RiteOn | 2277 Int'l Blvd, Oakland #BPP50
DimensionsDance.org

Thursday, October 6, 2016

How YOU Dancing?! nzoCALIFA pix

@nzoCALIFA - Get your Bodies into meaningful motion with mindful movements this Season. Weathering tides this Season will challenge your flow; it becomes critical to our temples to center, ground and align with the Universe.  
      I encourage your #Dance to be in UNITY and UNIFY Commune+Unity, your Core along with your respective Communes, invoking Ancestral ovation -- And give praise to Life! #danceyourdestiny.

#RiteOn
Regina Califa, Dance Medium
Nzo Califa Dance Works

nzoCALIFA Dance Pix
week of October 3, 2016
[click on flier for details]
SAT. Oct. 8th #Oakland African Dance & Drum invocations at Little Bobby Hutton Park
Drum Call at 10A  to Tribute to Sabar Master Drummer Gran Cheikh M'baye
Lifeisliving.org giving LIFE! Come get it. #honorbreath

Listings: 

  • Oct. 8th - LifeisLiving.org- "Africa in Oakland"  - Malonga Casquelourd Center Instructors of African/Diaspora Dance. www.mccatheater.com
  • Oct. 15th - #SankofaCaravan2016 - NBUF  Houston to Galveston Ancestral Homage - nbufhouston@gmail.com | NationalBlackUnitedFront.org
  • Oct. 22/23 - Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble - 20th Anniversary Concert - feat. Dance Reunion, Premiere works and honoring our fellow colleague and Dancestor  "Roquisha Townsend" kkde.bpt.me



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Soul Dance Expression with Mestre Badaro of Viver Brasil

nzoCALIFA: Seen on Seen - Brasarte Studio, Berkeley California

      sept 2016- Master Class with Mestre Luis Badaró - A Dancer's refresher course in technique and expression dancing forms of Afro Brasilian Contemporaneo and movements of the Orixas. In combinations not your average 5-6-7-8 and most definitely not in English, your Dance intelligence is forced to be at optimum, yet Spirit's presence as well as your own is commanded; before too long you are a Dancer. This beloved class was perfectly ordained to ignite my recent Dance trek, as I had been on hiaitus due to field research work - YET, when your teacher is in town, you answer the CALL to Dance. Loved my body getting a quick refreshing thrash invoking recall between classes with the legendary Mestre King in Bahia to Badaro's savvy style also hailing from this important Dance legacy, yet blazing trails through his own works of Dance composition. In our Dance combo of Yemonja [all encompassing Mother, Life giver via the Ocean] he was emphatic about students learning the songs that accompany these Dance traditions as the two are synch in movement of its Axe'.

"My Class might be a little difficult because I teach technique and
expression,  it's important to the Dance."  ~Mestre Badaro [loosely translated]

Trained as a dancer and musician by Raimundo B. dos Santos, AKA Mestre King. In 1970, Mestre Badaró began performing professionally with many of Bahia's premier folkloric companies such as Olodumare, Viva Bahia and Grupo Oxum and Grupo Bale do SESC. 


video
Movements for Oxóssi (Òsóòsi) Orixa of the hunt. [clip @nzoCALIFA]

He's been involved with innumerable cultural projects representing Afro-Brazilian culture both in Brazil and throughout Europe and Africa with Bahia Axe Bahia. His formative training extended to teaching Afro-Brazilian dance in elementary and secondary schools and in dance and music schools and professional academies, receiving numerous choreographic awards both in Bahia and throughout Brazil including the United States.
Co-Founders of the Award Winning Dance Company Viver Brasil www.viverbrasil.com
Badaró's powerhouse Afro-Brazilian dance classes include: dances of the Candomble orixa (deity) tradition and various northeastern folkloric dance traditions; Contemporary classes include Badaro's own unique style of Afro Brasileiro Contemporaneo, blending traditional, modern and jazz forms; Social popular also include Dances of Brasil's Carnaval including Afro and Samba-Reggae, he is also the co-founder of Souther California Dance powerhouse - Viver Brasil.

      Joined by Dance Ethnologist Linda Yudin esteemed Civic Arts leader, Professional Teacher and 30 year field researcher of Afro Brasilian Cultural traditions, co-founded Viver Brasil in 1997 launching some of the most dynamic performance, presentations onto main stages taking it to the streets of Southern California all the way Salvador da Bahia, producing Cultural Arts program and training intensives. Viver Brasil embodies a vital cultural repository of Brasilian Dance movement, traditional and contemporary to the innovative -- Dance excellence revered, preserved and celebrated, com muito Axe'.

~R. Califa, Nzo Califa Dance Works
[content bridged withe Dance Academy Project & Viver Brasil]


Participants at a loja [shop] for Candomble in Salvador foto:Viver Brasil *grafix: @nzoCALIFA
Dancing at the Source is a 15-day cultural immersion to Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, and has for 18 years provided travelers curated cultural tours along with daily dance, music, and Afro-Brazilian culture classes taught by experienced faculty. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

"We Made it Through That muddy, muddy Water"

In Commemoration of our Historical moniker and beloved Ancestral portal #NewOrleans. Keeping vigil for the vitality, wellness and Spiritual restoration of our City. T'ache @nzoCALIFA

Monday, July 11, 2016

nzoCALIFA: Sweet Remembrance of LIFE in this Dance...


Ago ire'o: Cooled from the overwhelming toil of spiritual responsibility, now transitioned into obedience, this post honors the beloved ones I've held dear in the physical world as colleague, master teacher, elder and favorably my Commune + Unity; whose excellence and respective works brought #SHINE and elevation to US and many. I salute you all in sweet remembrance and I release the nagging tendrils of loss, celebrating your excellence and simply your kinship to me, loving you sweetly in ascension into the Ancestral realm -- I call & wRITE your names. iba'e, iba'e  eni to nu and shall continue to cherish you.

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Community Godmother, Liberation Leader, Wisdom Keeper, Int'l Songstress  
Iya aka Mama Fulani
~Love, Regina
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From the Bay Area and beyond, with grand respects, light and sweet ascension to our dearest transitioned - Gran Don CHEIKH TAIROU MBAYE - give praise to Life!
[Transitioned May 2016]

 


video
Master Teacher Aziz Faye shares an intimate moment about his kinship and
Drum leader of Sabar traditions Cheikh Tairou Mbaye @nzoCALIFA
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Renowned Percussionist, Performer, Folklorist, Father Brother and dear Friend Omo Obatala of Lucumi Tradition with time honored kinships from New York to the Bay Area and back. A petit curtsy to you Big Brother. 
~Love R. Califa

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       Roquisha Townsend, a multi-talented professional dancer, master dance instructor and craftswoman of jewelry, hats, scarves and accessories lost her battle with kidney cancer on Wednesday October 7, 2015.  This beautiful and vivacious woman, who was also the Artistic Director of On Tap and creator of Roq's Creations was only 45.
Known by many of her students as Miss Roquisha, Roquisha taught and mentored hundreds of children in classical ballet, tap, jazz and West African dance techniques. Roquisha taught dance for Art of Ballet School of Dance, Dimensions Dance Theater's Rites of Passage Program, California Academy of Performing Arts and various other schools of dance. Children were drawn to her and loved her. She was well loved, respected and admired by all in the SF/East Bay artist community, as well as nationally and abroad. Roquisha was a caring and wise person. She touched the lives of many and  will be deeply missed.
Roquisha danced professionally with Dimensions Dance Theater, Art of Ballet Dance Company, Bantaba West African Dance Ensemble, and a beloved student of Sister Linda Faye Johnson in her formative years as well as that of numerous Teachers, Professionals and Colleagues. Her elegance, "ROQ-like" presence and feline candor shall always be cherished in memory and the Dance floor. 

[content: gofundme Bio w/closing sentiments by @nzoCALIFA]
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Monday, June 6, 2016

nzoCALIFA: Ancestors in Santa Cruz?! TOUCHED!

@nzoCALIFA "Seen on Scene": #SantaCruz
Talking shop at the African marketplace area at a local African Dance and Drum Conference in Santa Cruz, saying Hi, sharing sweet tea and hailing up Queen Beyonce!  Then one of my fave residents, a New Orleans transplant, delivers to me my beloved beans, Camellia red beans and she threw in some Black! 
     Camellia beans, a New Orleanian brand staple, those who know me reared in Cali, also know that Louisiana is a strong breed in my legacy and I often travel to New Orleans fueling historical research works, developing my creative yoke while envisioning legacy-building initiatives.
Eboni Terrance, is her name, and after gifting me, she goes on to speak about the culinary prowess of her Mom, especially around Mardi Gras and I'm making a mental note, gotta sit at her Mama's table; Eboni's daughter is a powerfully talented performance Artist bonafide in her own rites. We were flanked by fellow girlfriends and conference attendees whose ear bend when we talk about aspirations of attending the Formation Tour in New Orleans, Sept. 24th; I having been privy along with @diasporadoll agent, Mz Leah Ruth to be #HoneySlayed in the #beyhive at Levi Stadium, Santa Clara, Ca, May 2016 -- yep and we're still #sipping on that Lemonade. {I digress} 
     Now, about 4-5 of us are fully engaged in an elevated conversation about the likelihood of attending together in New Orleans, as Eboni shares with us she's attended like 5 of Beyonce's concerts to date!!! I know that's right.

The lovely Sambista,  Shaunte of Samba Sensation, shyly mentions that her #Jackson paternal lineage is from New Orleans and she's never been.  My head whips like a snake with laser focus as I smile with sweet candor, YEEESSS! We've most recently nurtured a connection mostly through professional network exchange, admiring each others work all along and now indeed we shall come to know each other, binding in #Louisiana kinship.  Eboni excitedly shares her interest to pursue her #Plique, #Plick possible creole lineage - she concurs that these folks definitely spoke creole.

Begin unearthing your ROOTS here
On further, the gorgeous Bay Area Carnaval San Francisco Queen Mz AshSlay aka Ashley George of Brasarte, mentions that she has roots in #Barbodos and I want to say Guyana, but by then my head is spinning working mental genealogical algorithms to plot this very memorable conversation. Conference participant Sistar Latrice with strong Texas ties,  chimes in with deep interest to unearth her Family History roots. The marketplace was all a buzz with West African Drums in the background, comida brasileño fresh from the kitchen, tables of African wares and my coveted Carmellia red and black beans in my hands -- New Orleans is so good to me. LOVE HER and OUR PEOPLE!!!

As a Genealogist in the field working and honing my technique in investigative research as well as developing creative platforms to engage African Dance and Drum agents, I inspire empowerment initiatives that amplify African Diaspora Ancestral voices.   Interestingly enough, A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz's inaugural launch and debut was at a commemorative landmark. So upon arrival at the Conference, we found it necessary to pay homage in recognition of 
LONDON NELSON of TENNESSEE - born May 5, 1800 an enslaved African American, owned by slaveholding NELSON Family taken to California in 1950, served as a cook and servant during the California Gold mining era and eventually obtained his Freedom.   He then worked as a cobbler until 1860 saved his money and bought a piece of land, it was shortly thereafter that he died in the same year.  Although he was not privy to a formal education in his lifetime, he willed his piece of land to the Santa Cruz County School District so that other children would be availed such an opportunity.     *Give praise to a life that keeps giving, bless you in light and continued progress Mr. Nelson.*
Londen Nelson, although erroneously spelled "Louden" was a pioneering resident of the 
Santa Cruz region of its time. Click the link to learn more about his story at:  Londen Nelson 
foto: R. Califa
with J. Johnson
     As a Life-learner, Teaching Artist and Dance-building agent of West African and Congolese Dance on the Bay Area scene and beyond, I often make that coastal trek to the Santa Cruz from the Bay to take special workshops or have performed in local events since the 90's.  The historical namesake of the Louden Nelson Community Center was brought to my attention by the Conference organizers, Bahia transplant and Santa Cruz resident Dandha da Hora of SambaDá  and co-partner Mara Diakhite, Director of Da'African Village Senegalese Conference presenter.
     Today the Louden Nelson Community Center is a commemorative landmark as well as a Community Center where Cultural events, Recreational activities, and Arts workshops take place:


       [lft] Louden Nelson Community Center, the host venue and debut A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz [rt] R. Califa pictured in front of the list of generous donors, and #goodGIVE agents that made the Conference possible.