Tuesday, January 11, 2022

2022 -We are Wellness, Rite ON!

   Eku Odun – Happy New Year!   

Walk in Wellness Good Folks!

Sis. R. Califa Calloway, Creative Director

nzoCALIFA Dance Works



Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Casting Our Light - Malongafest2021 Finale Week

nzoCALIFA...from a vision of a weekend of Ancestral Atonement transcends into a month full of Seasonal Communal service to align, activate and Heal our Community. #Malongafest, the powerful envisioning of our preeminent Cultural Arts Empresario Muisi-Kongo Malonga, daughter of the late great Ta Malonga Casquelourd and beloved legendary Dr. Faye McNair-Knox. #givepraisetolife. Our Fua Dia Congo, joined in staunch kinship with Kongo SQ West Kinship Society boasts and curates some of the most impactful arts programming meeting every trial with trailblazing Cultural Arts leadership and signature programming of these times. *sigh* 
With mindfulness, we honor breath, usher conscious wellness moves, while we DUE this Dance and Drum thing in Kintuadi. 
*below, at a glimpse*
R. Califa, @nzoCALIFA Dance Works
in prayer, in the field and keeping vigil


We are THRILLED to announce 
the GRAND FINALE of #MalongaFest2021: 
"Casting Our Light" the eagerly anticipated listening party & celebration of @KiaziMalonga's Debut Album "Tembo kia Kongo." of @MalongaMusic
         DEC. 4, 2021, Doors Open 7PM, 
10,000 SQ ft, Social Distancing Wellness Kiosk, PPE Distribution, #MaskON
REGISTER $10 Advance TIX: malongafest2021.eventbrite.com

 Thank You Sistar Tamika Harris and Team WIN Dancers of Afrikawedance.com. Bless up DJ Kobie, for vibing up the space.

Join us at

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Malongafest2021: Casting Our Light Week of Nov.8th

nzocalifa --The way is open in ire' with libations and prayers of Ase'. as we celebrate the fruits of our Ancestral gifts through Dance, Drum and Culture. We lift Our Commune+Unity when WE remember. We invite you to join us in shared kinship works. Matondo #Malongafest2021 | Register Today: https://bit.ly/2ZNcJ1s

Dance Virtuoso from Lima, Peru Javier Barrera to jump off $6 Tuesdays
LIVE! at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
NOVEMBER 9, 2021 6P-7:30P, 2nd flr Studio A

Malongafest2021 "Casting Our Light" Week 1 & 2


Monday, November 1, 2021

reflect in Remembrance- Give Praise to Life 2021

[ARCHIVES] nzoCALIFA--Oakland, CA 

"Give Praise to the Lives of Our Ancestors  with voices amplified and movement forward." @nzoCALIFA

2017 [ Life is Living 10 & Oakland Pubic Main Library] 

OCT.2017: I served as Lead Artist/Curator envisioned and created as                        Malonga Center Community Ancestral Altar Installation

"... Teamed with a devoted crew, this vision was Co-commissioned by Adande M'baye and Delina Brooks co-creators of the Africa Is Oakland - Dance Zone, devoted students of theMalonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts and Alumni of Fua Dia Congo Performing Company."


My childhood stomping grounds and Dance School, West Oakland's Historic Defremery Park aka Lil Bobby Hutton Park became a creatively potent sacred portal that housed the first installation of its kind...lead with Ancestral prayers, songs for Egun and rites conducted  by Oakland's Omnira Institute.

...We installed at one of my favorite haunts - LIBRARIES and erected the Library Edition of the MCCAA. A special thanks to Malonga Center Student, Ajoke Kokodoko, Reference Librarian and fellow Library Administrators.

😉#HonorYourAncestors #dayofthedead #Ancestors #Antepassados
[Oct.2017] #diasdelosmuertos "This culinary treat stopped by to grace the Altar across from mine, created by Librarian Ramona Chacon -- Laney College Culinary School represent, thx to Chocolatiêre Leah Vass of Ta Bouche Chocolate Couture. Hmmm, (I -I mean) the altar will take some beignets and Cafe du Monde coffee."

"...the whole season is like a ritual unfolding."

 Muisi-Kongo Malonga, Artistic Director Malongafest2021 

Stellar Saturday legacy Congolese Dance Class LIVE! 

at the Historic Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts

Dance: Muisi-Kongo Malonga & Nano Lebaud Loubayi  Drum: Kiazi Malonga