Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pioneer, Pillar & Post: Baba Chuck Davis Iba'e March 14, 2017

Dr. Charles R. Davis 
aka "Baba Chuck"
[January 1, 1937 - May 14, 2017]
One of the World's foremost Educators, Teachers and Ambassadorship humanizing the African Dance & Drum 
Cultural traditions, while advancing the intelligentsia of its Art, Craft, while cultivating generations of legacy 
building. We salute you and yours Baba in love, light and sweet Ancestral ascension. 
~ R. Califa, Nzo Califa Dance Works   @nzoCALIFA 

A special note of love, grand support and sweet ease to our kinship at the 

African Dance and Drum Ensemble, his Family along with Arts and Drum kinship 
and Global Communities of Baba Chuck Davis.
       If you've ever been privy to be in the presence of Baba Chuck Davis, then you know that you were before an ominpotent earthly force imbued and guided fiercely by the Ancestors. His trajectory of anthropological Dance research and works, assuredly has generated volumes of Dance repositories transcending the pioneering works of our luminiaries Primus and Dunham, yet forging new trails bridging contemporary, traditional, while cultivating new #Dance dialogues, forums and perspectives, throughout the world.

*Baba Chuck Davis, 1977
Photo courtesy of BAMblog
To take a class with him was the Bantaba, to listen to him lecture was prose and song tied into endless gem notes--wisdom you never want to forget. His leadership and Artistic vision shepherded #Dance nzo Chuck Davis Dance Company in New York in 1968 taking the Company to perform in FESTAC - Nigeria in 1977.  The preeminent African Dance and Drum Festival Dance Africa was conceived through his visionary Artistic Leadership founded in 1977 first presenting at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Lepercq Space.* Today #DanceAfrica celebrates 40 years where over 80 Dance Troupes from 15 nations have performed with extended productions now presenting in Washington, DC; Chicago, Illinois, Dallas, Texas, Denver Colorado, Columbus Ohio and Pittsburgh, PA.**
       Formed in 1983, African American Dance Ensemble of Durham, North Carolina, remains a thriving institution and living repository of Dr. Davis' legacy and mission for over 30 years, touching the world over teaching, performing and building on 5 continents. Dr. Davis has served as Elder Advisor to leading African Dance and Drum organizations throughout the country, and as Professor at North Carolina Central University and Duke University respectively.

And I know like everyone else who shares in this Dance and Drum kinship of magnificent legacy, that this year's call to the Drum shall have us all dancing with hearts full, filled with grand Spirit and inspiration paying homage to our Ancestral Guardian Gran, Baba Chuck Davis, eeeeyo!
*love, light and sweet Ancestral ascension Baba*

Regina "Califa" Calloway, Creative Director
Nzo Califa Dance Works - Oakland, California
@nzoCALIFA | @nzocalifa

DANCEAfrica Highlights - Brooklyn 2017
  • May 20th 10am Weeksville Heritage Center (1698 Bergen St, Brooklyn) A Tribute to the Ancestors; 1pm DanceAfrica Community Day at Restoration Plaza [1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn] at  to kick off the Annual Festival. 
  • The Memorial Day weekend celebration African Marketplace and Bazaar [Brooklyn]
  • May 26-29:  DanceAfrica 2017 The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond 
Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam & Artistic Director Emeritus Baba Chuck Davis [iba'e]
*Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble 
*Asase Yaa Forces of Nature Illstyle and Peace Productions 
*BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble 
*Lighting design by Al Crawford; Sound design by David Margolin Lawson 

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave) 
May 26 at 7:30pm; May 27 at 2pm & 7pm
May 28 & 29 at 3pm 
Tickets start at $25 (half-price for ages 16 & under)

If you have a message or words of encouragement, please do so by using the following 
number 919-672-1058. You may leave a message to include your name and number if you so desire. Information will be shared as soon as possible. Peace! Love! Respect! For Everybody
If you would like more information, please contact: 
Dr. B. Angeloe Burch Sr. at 919-672-1058 
or email at aadensemble@aade-inc.org.
Friday, June 2, 1pm - 7pm
Fisher Memorial UHC - 420 E Piedmont Ave, Durham, NC 27707 
The body will lay in state and a time of Community Tributes will begin at 5:00 p.m.
Funeral Services:
Saturday, June 3, 11:00 a.m.
Union Baptist Church - 904 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27701
for further information: Dr. B. Angeloe Burch Sr. - 919-672-1058

news media homage of Baba Chuck Davis [iba'e]
(short list)
** BAM 150 years [blogspot]
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