WE STAY VITAL
The Movement continues! TRUST that our Dance is LIFE's choreography and Spirit moving through US. The TRANSFORMATION is happening NOW, let's continue to BE in this Dance...
WE STAY VITAL
👑ANCESTRAL CROWN DAY REMEMBRANCE:
TA MALONGA CASQUELOURD
November 5, 1947 - June 15, 2003
|NAJUMA in concert; feat. Tribute Malonga Casquelourd, March 1982 *Berkeley Highschool*|
<<photo to appear courtesy of @nzoCALIFA Dance Works archives copy by permission only, thank you>>
|courtesy of Fua Dia Congo|
|photo cr: Ric Rocamora|
|Ancestral remembrance exhibit and Installation: #nzoCALIFAncestry & @KongoSQwest|
And immediately the class started! We were piled in a small classroom with a cement floor that was dusted with the earth, and had to move the desks out of way; With barely an arms-length apart, we flipped, double turned and battement every which way, dancing at a barra vento rhythmic pace. Oh, and you better DANCE and duck or get the "HELLo" out of the way or you'd assuredly be hit. Mestre King STILL expected you to DANCE ALL OUT *no practice here*; Arms and limbs fully extended with the vigor, grace, and finesse he'd demonstrate. I was "worrrkked" and every muscle, ligament, and bone hurt; I had no idea I would bravely do a handstand on the cement floor, come back up with blackened palms, and hit the ending pose on time-- at the strike of the Drum!
"Mestre King worked the body yet challenged our Souls to Dance, and our Spirit commanded us to follow through." ~R.Califa, Nzo Califa Dance Works
As with most Pioneering leaders, Mestre taught generations of students, erecting legacies that I'd also study with, whose evolutionary work has transcended into trailblazing Dance forms--the likes of all whom I adore and whose works I continue to celebrate: Luis Badaro, Roseangela Silvestre, Zebrinha, including the late Augusto Omulu, the incomparable Dance Spirit for Xango, Fomigao and legacy works of Mestre Carlos Gilberto Aceituno [iba'se]
A unique kinship was built from this Dance trek that'd be cultivated through the dynamic Artistic leadership and Spiritual stewardship of my irmã and irmão Maestra Nildinha Fonseca and Mestre Ze Ricardo Santos of the infamed Balé Folclórico da Bahia. World renown, they are beloved and respected Artivists that have advanced not only the field research excellence of Afro Brasileña Contemporánea but also the study of the Folkloric traditions of Brasil as well. Today, they are dedicated Professors rightfully seated as advocates for understanding the African Cultural Spiritual traditions of Candomble. SALVEEE *sigh, with a smile*
Hosted by Viver Brasil, Come be in the Dance, and join us in tribute to our Mestre King! A Global Communal movement tribute, featuring the incomparable partnership of Nildinha and Ze as they will teach Orixa Dance movement and Danca Afro, Honoring Mestre King's legacy,
A Grand Salute to Mestre Badaro and Profesora Linda Yudin. ~com muito Axe'
REGISTER at: ViverBrasil.com/VIRTUALREG I already have. 😉
“We bowed down to her and she will always be my queen,” Bazile said. “It’s hard to see a good soul go so fast.” Second Queen "Cinnamon Black" on ~Nola.com
#givepraisetoLife🌿 Big Queen Kim "Cutie" Boutee has gone home, TRUST #TheBigEasy sending her home #Brass tight. #BlessedandCovered🙏🏾✨The Spirit of Fi Yi Yi #BlackMaskingIndians🖤 https://t.co/wE6jmkvHxx— nzoCALIFAmedia[um]ship (@nzoCALIFA) August 13, 2020
Our deepest prayers of Grand Love and light to this sweet soul transitioning; Our Love and Support ease in shared kinship to Big Chief Victor Harris, of The mighty nation of the Spirit of Fi Yi Yi Black-masking Indians tradition and our Greater New Orleans Commune+Unity.
~Heaven help us ALL, help ourselves...
Sis. R.Califa, @nzoCALIFA