Monday, August 17, 2015

#CSQwest10: New Orleans Revival, Recovery & Rhythmic Alchemy
aug. 14th -- Stepping up my service in the #Dance by making atonement and to #HonorBreath. Joined in  New Orleans Commune+Unity initiative at the historic Congo Square - AUG. 29th 10A - 12Midnite, Nfungotah Inc.'s #RhythmicAlchemy will invoke measures of "Healing and Recovery" at the country's epicenter --Congo Square - Orleans Parish - Louisiana.
     Reflecting upon this vital connection that fuels my works of Service, Ancestor honoring, Professional Teaching curriculum and my own vitality -- remembering those unforgettable words that my Grandfather of Pioneer, Louisiana told me in the emergence of gentrification in the Bay Area -- "...don't forget your own backyard." *never forget how we come and whose you belong to." I forge enlightened pathways as a beacon of light aspiring higher...I now commemorate a decade of powerful works shared in the wake of what has been coin-phrased around the world as #Katrina10 - Yet these works service to heal and revive the SPIRIT of our good kinship and those "...of good works and prosperity" #CSQwest10 - t'ache, t'ache, t'ache.  ~R. Califa, Nzo Califa Dance Works

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

nzoCALIFA - Giving LIFE through the Dance

Instagram capture: @nzoCALIFA
Dance Agent inspirations: upper left to lower: @nzo CALIFA, Malia Movement, Alicia "Sunshine" Gbaho, Boom Shake Music, Viver Brasil,  Dance Marntra & R. Califa with Queen CSF Veronica, , 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

nzoCALIFA - Dance Bridging Agent - PERU

De Rompe y Raja Afro Peruvian Cultural Association, trailblazing Dance Company, Cultural agency and Ambassadors in promoting the rich traditions of Afro Culutura Peruana from the Coastal region of Lima, Peru for over 20 years. R. Califa joined this company in 1996 under the aegis of Founders Artistic Director Gabriela Shiroma and Musical Director Pedro Rosales: Festejo, Lando, Samba Malato, Diablo, Zamacueca were a few of the styles I became well versed and trained in, while actually performing with virtuoso, icons and Masters of the field directly from Lima, Peru. Below features the Founding Member of the World renown Peru Negro, Maestro Lalo Izquiero with Regina Califa in a featured solo.

"Torito Pinto" [ little Black Bull] San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival Audition 2001
TORITO PINTO (Festejo) Choreography by Lalo Izquierdo Company: De Rompe y Raja 
The lead Dancer [red skirt] represents the matador against the masked Lalo representing the diabolic presence of slavery. -- Watch and see who triumphs?!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

nzoCALIFA: Dance Bridging Agent: Brasil - Congo

Selected Dance clips of Regina Califa in part of #Dancestory2013 project: Featured clips include Dancing in FUA30th Alumni Concert with Fua Dia Congo in 2007, dancing Bloco Afro with Loco Bloco at San Francisco's Cuba Caribe, and  teaching a historical Dance class in 2006 at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts celebrating the lives of our departed Arts Leaders, Teachers, Activists and Artistic Directors: Mestre Carlos Aceituno of Fogo Na Roupa with Bateria led by Jose Rivera and Ta Malonga Casquelourd of Fua Dia Congo, Drums led by Kiazi Malonga. A special Matondo to Muisi-Kongo and to my Big Sister Regine Ndounda who taught class and Sister Linda Faye Johnson an indomitable Dance force of support. #RiteOn 

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