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Monday, June 18, 2018

nzoCALIFA: In salute to #MalongaFEST2018, June 22-24, 2018


MalongaFEST2018: 15th year commemoration of one of our most dynamic Artistic Leaders, Cultural Visionary and Teacher, a grand salute in remembrance of the life of Ta Malonga Casquelourd in  observance of  Malonga Casquelourd Day, Sunday, June 24, 2018, 1-3P  Lake Merritt Amphitheater. #Oakland
[download fliers plan to participate and please share]

              A message from the Artistic Director, Muisi-Kongo Malonga of Fua Dia Congo

"When reflecting upon the story of #TaMalongaCasquelourd and Fua Dia Congo
what cannot be overlooked is the inextricable link between art and activism... 
In a seminal multimedia work by Janeen Ella Johnson, multi-disciplinary arts professional 
and esteemed Fua alumnus , new light will be cast on these powerful intersections."
Join us for the premiere of this visionary work on FRI. JUNE 22nd 7:30P at 
MalongaFEST 2018! Our Movement, Our Medicine, Our Culture 
Oakstop 14 274 14th St Oakland [nr 12th St BART] close to the Malonga Center. //  @nzoCALIFA

2nd Day offerings FREE COMMUNITY CLASSES at Oakstop 14, 274 14th St, 
located a block away from Malonga Center #Oakland [access nr 12th Street BART] 

#MalongaFEST2018, Special Guest Artist, Javier Gordillo Barrera of Lima, Peru to teach 
SAT. JUNE 23rd St at Oakstop 14, 474 14th St. Oakland,  CA.

 SUN. JUNE 24TH - MALONGA CASQUELOURD DAY - 15th year Observation 
of the Life and legacy of Ta Malonga Casquelourd, 
City of Oakland Proclamation.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

nzoCALIFA Dancestory move the story

#nzoCALIFA -- Dance as service has transformed my life full throttle, guiding my life pathways retooling my choreo-life steps, nurturing the advancement of mind, body and Spiritual wellness--for HEALTH is WEALTH.  nzoCALIFA Dancestory has been a powerful visionary platform exemplary for Teaching  to activate transformative learning experiences in #Dance.  
      From its inception, identifying lines of symmetry within the Bay Area African/Diaspora Dance and Drum Community has served as a wellspring for Genealogical research, bridging oral histories, and intersecting Family lines.  As ROOTS run deep for the unearthing, it is from this same soil that Communal kinship building remains vital.  Starting with the launch of #Dancestory2013 ignited my own story into a voluminous archive of Familial stories and fantastic journeys that now transcend generations called  
"...the Unearthings of a guided Genealogist"

Swiftly into its 5th year,  the nzoCALIFA Dancestory sojourn has sought to explore, unearth and clarify a purpose-filled life in service to the Dance and through Dance, harvesting all of the wealth that this journey has to offer. As so much has been shared, I continue to cultivate, educate and elevate a nation of Dance Transformation Agents. #byanydivinemeansnecessary
Just what inspires you to Dance?!         I'd love to hear it. 

In shared works of kinship,
Regina "Califa" Calloway


social media:          @nzoCALIFA 
My Genealogy site: 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

nzoCALIFA: Thank You Supporters of Regina2Rootstech2018

#nzoCALIFAncestry     OOOhhh MYYY GOD, #Rootstech was ultra-amazing, and as it's not easy to download such an overload of highly stimulating encounters, experiences, new cousin connections, hack-worthy Genealogy info conferencing with over 15,000 folks - one betta be in FORMATION. 

     Shout out to my Genea-kinship @BlackProGen presenters, as they delivered magnificently at the helm of 100's sharing their signature brand of service and expertise in the field of African-Ancestored Genealogy, case scenarios, slaying brickwalls, with beaucoup Genealogical unearthings, advancing DNA discoveries and vice-versa. 

I BREATHE & BREED #DANCE with heightened awareness. So to each of you, I give ultimate thanks and praises for your respective agency of support, in working your lines and entrusting this service of Faith -- already paid forward. And these days, we SEE each other, as I am often met on the #Dance floor or at Community encounters with an inquiry about #FamilyHistory. 


So why am I so inspired by the ROOTStech experience and 
just how important is?  
<click link below>


in shared works of kinship,
Regina "Califa" Calloway


social media:          @nzoCALIFA 
My Genealogy site:

Monday, February 26, 2018

nzoCALIFA - Oakland legacy presence #Regina2Rootstech2018

nzoCALIFA -- #Regina2Rootstech2018 This morning's meditation was filled with abundant expectation with all cues intact. First! Clarify your agenda for Rootstech 2018. The Conference boasts over 200 breakout sessions, an innovative/interactive Expo Hall, inspiring speakers like Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr and fantastic events - yup, I need to get into Formation.      

         Cut to the African Heritage Social Event, featuring the groundbreaking historical works of Ms. Regina Mason, who recovered a precedent-setting, memoir written by her great-great-great-grandfather, William Grimes, who authored the first fugitive slave narrative in U.S. history! She's on tour and was in California in January.  Excited, I watched the video trailer of her latest film, and to my surprise playing the role of Elder Williams Grimes was one of my most respected Humanitarians, Community Pillar, Master Artist and beloved Community Wisdom keeper, MR. MICHAEL F. LANGE

I was stunned as Baba Michael is now a cherished Ancestral Communal Guardian who's always been a valiant supporter of our organization's work as 

Kongo SQ West Kinship Society, he was the inspiration and impetus for its launch at the Malonga Center; we even hold in our archives rare footage documenting this kinship. Baba Michael's agency of fairness and justice came to my aid even during legal discourse with the City, as I to witnessed the tumultuous departmental turnover including his disembowelment from now the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts. Baba Michael Lange opened up pathways for works that served Community betterment affording such passageways of engagement towards good service. 
#givepraisetoLife, as I'll wear my #Rootstech2018 badge of honor 
#OaklandProud at the  African Heritage event and you can best believe that 
I will hail up to the name of our invaluable Ancestral Communal Guardian ascended  "Michael F. Lange".  * Thank you, Baba Michael,* 
God Bless the Family. 

Egun Ire'o, Egun Iba'se 
Ancestrally imbued in deep gratitude 

Regina "Califa" Calloway, 

Catch a glimpse of Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes. 
Regina Mason, Executive Producer 
[click link]

Mr. Michael F. Lange's legacy transcends through the 
www.michaellangefoundation in the care of his Family, 

dedicated Leaders and good folks in a shared mission.

Friday, February 23, 2018

nzoCALIFA: Dash tha Gourd and Celebrate thru Dance

 FRI. Feb 23 - Join a Soul-filled Get Dance Instruction 6:30p-7:30p
Afro Urban Society's Nkei Oruche, | 10th St Amphitheater - Oakland Museum

SAT. FEB. 25th 6P-10P | Happy yOUR Story Month,
I celebrate in kinship with SUYA Oakland & Afro Urban Society's
Black Heritage Fete: Dance, Music, Food, Band, DJ & Family History;
Come "Dash My Gourd"
and #nextlevel my works -> #Regina2Roots2018 

Saturday, Feb 24 | 6:00P - 10:00P
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland
As usual: All-Ages | Food & Drinks | DJ | Culture & More

Gbedu Town RadioCommunity Lab w/ Guest Artists
Live Art by Boze: Living the Art Life 22
Staneisha's (Suya Host) Birthday Celebration
Djayslim on the
Words by Nunu Kidane, Priority Africa Network
Black History Month Jeopardy by Kulture Freedom
Afro Urban Society Dance
Get, Give & Go #Dance, here's our pix list of Bay Area Dance /Movement Happenings
Nzo Califa Dance Works

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Envisioned by Ancestral insight - #Regina2Rootstech2018

😊 Honor that which gives you Life, give praise to those that extend your Breath. As I am inspired through Ancestral wisdom, I know the value of such an inter-dynamic relationship vital to the quality of our being.  As #Dance is my breath, #Genealogy has transformed my Life steps into everlasting works inspiring a movement of Ancestral Healing and Communal kinship - all of it  made possible with you! Please share and make ALL aware of my campaign countdown #Regina2Rootstech2018

Love, deep gratitude and appreciation,

Regina "Califa" Calloway

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

nzoCALIFA: Your History More than a Month

As the excitement grows so does my works in preparation to participate in the
largest Genealogical /Technology Conference in the World.  #RootsTech2018
*smiling* February ushers a mighty sprint towards my #Regina2Rootstech2018 venture drawing inspiration from a powerfully packed experience utilizing my creative gifts, Ancestrally inspired!  Sewing skirts for the Communal Ritual offering of House/Full of Black Woman's Episode: passing/through/the great middle, talking #Genealogy on #BlackBeatBayArea The Flo Wiley show [my segment is from 32:43-44:35] on KGPC 96.9 FM and creating an altar in memory of my Teacher, Gran Abdoulaye Diakite, Bamana of Tambacounda, West Africa *breath*...all phenomenally gratifying - WELL DONE 

*Egun ire'o, thank you Commune+Unity* 

I am pleased to be in one of my favorite coves - #Oakland Family History Center, more names gathered, transcribing stories, refreshing this leg of my campaign amplifying the voices of our Family History. Please do share a good word. 

Your outpouring of sharing surnames, riddles and daring to incite wellness, bringing relief to intergenerational trauma reflect as invaluable teaching moments. I thank you. 

in shared kinship of our story, 

  R. Califa Calloway 

Friday, January 26, 2018

nzoCALIFA: Sensational Samba Sendoff with ShaunteMJ

nzoCALIFA -- A Fantastic jump off for our Season's programming as Nzo Califa Dance Works produced its first event of the year, "Samba Sendoff Workshop" with one of the Bay Area's most dynamic emissaries of Samba traditions, Ms. Shaunte M. Jackson aka Shaunte MJ, Princesa do Samba USA, the first American to achieve this coveted title in 2015 and 2016.  Advancing her career achieving esteemed membership as "Musa das Passistas" (Muse of Samba Dancers) with Rio's Escola de Samba, GRES Academincos de Santa Cruz, guided by the incomparable Marcel Chocolatt, Shaunte continues to  trail blaze pathways for aspiring Bay Area Sambistas.
Students learn technique, choreo routine & Samba culture, RIO style

Shaunte MJ, Dance Teacher
of Samba Cultural Traditions

As if that weren't exciting enough, Shaunte is an RN accompanied by several certifiable letters in her field, working closely with Heart patients in life and death circumstances.  Dedicated, she balances her life doing what she loves -- to Dance and teach traditional and popular cultural traditions of Samba.  Founder and Director of Samba Sensation Brazilian Dance Entertainment, Shaunte preps for her departure to participate in one the greatest showcase on Earth, Rio de Janeiro's Carnaval of Brazil.
In a partnering mission with Dance-kin Ashlee George, Carnaval San Francisco Queen 2012, we booked Shaunte overnight at West Oakland's Full Out Studio -serving as our host Dance house dynamic in energy. *thank you to owner, Anthony Esposo for answering our call swiftly and Ceasar for your wonderful hospitality.

After mirrored warm ups, Shaunte invited students to share what they knew about Samba culture in a series of inquiry about instrumentation such as the surdo, questioned what's a break, a passista, and demonstrated feet placement making it paramount that RHYTHM is key. As Students transitioned into progressions across the floor, Shaunte did not let up encouraging them to bring their Dance, and release their inner Diva. And even in the brisk of cold, things got Hot as some students stepped up their Dance practicing in platforms and heels. View a glimpse of the class action below:


Getting better with every cycle across the floor, shoulders shook, hips grooved, as feet strive to #Dance on rhythm at various speeds. At class close, the traditional roda [circle], solo filled with alegria as each student, including yours truly, dived into a revelry of RIO inspiration, with Shaunte serving up a finale solo of finesse and style:

Pleased, as faces beamed with gratification and adulation of the experience; indeed the class was enjoyed by all with some students sharing their deepened appreciation about honoring the cultural traditions of Samba. At Nzo Califa Dance Works, we identify Dance agents and agencies aligned with our mission:

"to inspire consciousness in movement."

Muita Obrigada to Shaunte MJ for including us in her count down to Brazil voyage, com muito exito; a special Bom viaje to students of @nzoCALIFA in their respective sojourn to Brasil, and shout out to Full Out Studiosuntil we create Dance-building again.

Learn more about Shaunte MJ and her Company
*on Facebook and Instagram

ShaunteMJ is also available for private classes, conferences
and Choreography work with Companies. So you want to travel or Dance in RIO Carnaval?! Contact Shaunte and engage in organic exchange about making your venture possible.

vid clips/photos/flier: courtesy of  @nzoCALIFA


Thursday, January 18, 2018

nzoCALIFA Winter works:Genealogy, Samba Workshop,Ancestral Tribute


Exciting news from the #nzoCALIFAncestry hub as we've repaired over 27 Community Family Trees, unearthing fantastic stories about our Ancestors. 

We've met in living rooms, coffee houses and the Library, engaging in the most compelling sessions bringing light to the unspoken and flipping scripts adding technological research. 
R. Califa Calloway, #nzoCALIFAncestry

🔑On the course to #nextlevel my research and service through #Regina2Rootstech2018
beneficient to the works of US and Them. Your GIVE is my gratitude, Ase'o. [please click highlighted link above]

Wherever we are Ancestors are with us, get to know them, learn their names, pay homage to the ones who make YOU possible; I'm here for you. @nzoCALIFA

sat.jan. 25, 2018 

Spaces are limited $15 Advance registration available: Nzo Califa Dance Works - Samba with Shaunte   Drop-in $20 with space availability. For more info: 510.900-WATA [9282]

sat.feb.03.2018 |oakland, ca
@nzoCALIFA -- In the wake of our beloved transitioned, and under observation of His Ancestral ascension, the dawn of a new era of awakening now transforms a Global Cultural Community; We gather together in the Spirit of #JebaBara to honor the teachings of our foremost Wisdomkeeper, Cultural Gatekeeper of Bamana traditions, Djembefola and Master Teacher in West African Dance and Drum Traditions -- we give praise to the life of Gran' Abdoulaye Diakite - BAMANA of Tambacounda, W. Africa. | Please support our relief  campaign for Gran Diakite's Family: Uplift _Gran Abdoulaye Diakite


Monday, January 15, 2018

nzoCALIFA: Salve Mestre King - Give praise to Life! 1943-Jan.13, 2018

nzoCALIFA -- Salveeeee Mestre King, Salvador da Bahia's Dance Pioneer, Scholar and Teacher, invoking Dance Spirit, Dance Education and Dance Excellence in all who've learned from your feet or was privy to Dance discourse, a joke, a hearty laugh and sometimes a screw-faced look if you weren't Dance present. *smiling* Obrigada Pai for decoding and installing the Ancestral codes of  Bahiana kinship upon my feet; for openly receiving me on #Dance merit as you flipped, rolled, leaped my Dance body across that dusty-cemented classroom floor in Liberdade '94, jam packed, bursting open gateways of #Dance. Yup, that 2-hour city autobus ride changed the course of my #Dance life, that day.  And we'd meet in the Dance, discourse, create and building #Dance cycles of seasons over, inheriting a Dance camaraderie in Afro Brasilian Dance traditions that'd enrich lifetimes over...  
Mestre King "revolutionized the practice and teaching of contemporary dance, being responsible for the formation of the main names of Afro dance in Bahia." documentary: Raimundos: King Master and the Male Figures of the Dance in Bahia
Today, I celebrate, grieve and Dance your Spirit into sweet ascension, adjoined by the many excellent Artists and brilliant Teachers birthed from your Ile, and for that I am pleased to be of  kinship, humbled by your final bow of departure.
*a benção meu pai, com muito Axe'*

Regina, "Califa da Bahia" Calloway,
Nzo Califa Dance Works | @nzoCALIFA

Grandes condolências aos meus amigos: Nildinha Fonseca, Ze' Ricardo Santos, Zebrinha, Tania Santiago, Denilson Oluwafemi, Roseangela Silvestre, Isaura Oliveira, Paco Gomes.   #givepraisetolife

In shared kinship and adoration, I share my deepest sentiments of saudade, celebrating the greatness of Our Mestre King, so eloquently written by my Dance Sistar Linda Yudin, a written keepsake highlighting his vast contributions; and extend heartfelt condolences to our irmao & Mestre Luis Badaro. ~Axe'o Viver Brasil Dance Co.

Farewell Mestre King, Master of Masters - Dance Pioneer, Scholar and Master Teacher  foto: A TARDE

online news links:

Balé Folclórico da Bahia's Founder/Director Walson Freitas Bothelho aka Vava

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

nzoCALIFA: Wading into Dance Healing works 2018

nzoCALIFA -- WATA, Wezolo Mami, WATER, nature's gold WATERS, my Maternal Family name...I flowed into the New Year prayed up, praised up and in the cove, as incubating works ready for its creative birth awaits sacred passage to gush forward like a waterfall; Mami ebbs, Yeye flows, opening up the way allowing me to "Wade in the Water".
"Sobe as Antepassadas" Yerba Buena Center for The Arts-2014  
Lead: Amara Tabor Smith, Regina Califa, Karen Ransom &
Malia Connor. photo: Robbie Sweeny regalia: Dana Kano

New Year's resolutions? You still gotta have a plan, it's the HOW you're going to do what you are divinely commissioned to do? You got goals? What are the daily tasks leading up to those proposed dates? Are you creating a timeline and how will you hold yourself accountable? -- Who do you fellowship with or will you congregate?! Got viable answers, WONDERFUL, walk well, and if not -- STOP, get QUIET and LISTEN!

"The Spirituals represent the multi-level genius of our enslaved African Ancestors"

"Wading in the Water" made way for a spirited New Year's Eve sermon delivered by Pastor Greg Stamper, of Celebration Spiritual Center in Brooklyn New York.  Drawing inspiration from from Bible scripture, John 5:2-9 [Jesus in Bethesda and the pool of "troubled" Water] espoused how "wading in the water" is an act of activism; And that God "troubling" the water brings about a healing, change, and transformation, while gently warning that unless you get in the water, change just can't happen. [paraphrased] *Harriet Tubman knew this* 

Iyalode's depths are only known
by her complement Olokun,
who dwells in unfathomable leagues
of the watery realm where "Kalunga"
crossings of the Ancestral dominion
may take place
     His sermon reminded me of one remarked year whereby invite, I joined an intimate gathering led by Mestre Jorge Alabe,  ritual Drummer of the Atabaque and Candomble Priest of Xango to make offerings to Yemonja, the all-encompassing Mother, nurturer, and protector.  
It must have been a very early morning in the month of January as the meeting place was in the San Francisco Bay Area, at the cold shores of the Pacific ocean -- a stark difference than being in Bahia for Festa de Iemanjá. Nevertheless, we sang, played afoxe style as an ensemble in procession making our way towards to the waters.  In Bahia, I KNOW my sandals would have flown off enthusiastically to enter the warm turquoise coastline of the Atlantic Ocean, YET the whipping winds made it ever-so-present that we were indeed in California and cold is gon' be cold.  Leaving not a moment to hesitate, Pai Jorge braved the chilly waters of the Pacifica, slightly wincing from its sting, yet, he didn't miss a step, lose the rhythm nor sing off key. *I'm smiling*

Dutifully we followed suit, no one dared to miss the blessings by standing idly by; Indeed freezing, the water quickly engulfed my hastily placed feet like nitrogen oxide going through the joints of my toes; We all laughed at the somewhat uncomfortable circumstances, yet knew that favor had to be in our midst. And of course fulfilled, I so admired the tenacity and dedication of Mestre Jorge, transcending his native ways in alternative conditions to carry out Spiritual obligations he was born and initiated to do. We all served and were served well. ~Axe`

     In our Bay Area Community, African Diaspora Dance and Drum Mediums and Students are privy to ceremonial rites conducted by initiated Artist leaders of their respective Spiritual traditions or Cultural form. Others learn from Folklorists and Culture keepers who've received Elder clearance as promising stewards mentor with Cultural gatekeepers and Wisdom keepers; the Bay Area Artscape is well-primed to transcend changing social and civil dynamics challenging societal wellness and place.  Historically our Community is founded upon pioneering legacies of Spiritual Activism, Civil Rights movements, Community building initiatives, along with the advancing field research works founding some of today's Ethnic Studies programs; these pedagogical methods influenced by Artistic visionaries, continue to influence Dance training in University and College settings. There exists a historical Artistic cadre of 4-generation Arts organizations anchored in buildings throughout the City or in places of residence, still standing as light towers - Our "Walking History" 

     I am reared in a time where my Dance, Drum, and Culture was plentiful and present, named and claimed, with no explanations needed;  And as swift currents call for today's realizations, lest we ever forget those names that make US possible to do what WE LOVE, by way of African Ancestored Spiritual and Cultural Traditions. Water as conductor and conduit can bring messages to the surface of a sparkling river or simply through gazing into a sun-kissed glass bowl of water -- these are the ways of my Ancestors. With proficient prayers and libations of my Ancients, name-by-name-by-nation-and-dimension: calibrating, cleansing and cleaning with guided intent, continuing to hydrate my temple and fellowship in Temple, I remain fortified. ~Aboru, Aboye, Abosise'o.  

         Your Spiritual hygiene is as important as your physical hygiene. 
"86 year old Sioux Elder arriving at Sacred Stone Camp near Cannon Ball,
North Dakota/photo: Birk Albert/Facebook" ~prayers & politiks: "Sign of the Times"

Seize the moment to BE in this Season of Renewal!

Already ensoiled with the ocean washed sands of MAAFA Ancestral remembrance, Bay Area Houses Studios and Temples open their doors for the aligned to propitiate the Season.  House/Full of Black Women's Ocean visits brings back messages from the middle, Annual Bay Area Lavagems like Brasarte's in Berkeley to 1st of the year classes in White led by Maestra Isaura Oliveira brings the Brasilian Axe experience. At the helm, Bay Area Dance Pioneer and Master Teacher of Haitian Dance traditions, Ms. Blanche Brown give us the best of both worlds as old-school technique reigns supreme with timely grace and form; this legacy continues to carve out new pathways uplifting the Vodou thru White Party Communal rites presented by Rara Tou Limen

And with guided heads, together: We remember, We propitiate, We're cleansed, We're refreshed and We Dance, Drum and Honor Spirit, invoking the roar of sacred drums with Ancestral applause. 

Happy New Year in shared Dance, Drum & Good Spirit,

R. Califa Calloway, Founder/ Creative Director
Nzo Califa Dance Works | @nzoCALIFA 
#danceyourdestiny #RiteOn #nzoCALIFAncestry
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______________________a winter's glimpse 2018_____________

Dance Virtuoso, Master Teacher of Afro Cuban Dance and Drum Traditions, a legacy of Havana's pioneering Folklorico Raices Profundas; Award-winning choreographer and Director of Obakoso Dance & Drum Ensemble. Experience Dance excellence and cultural proficiency with Baba Jose Francisco Barroso. 

HOUSE/FULL OF BLACKWOMEN episode: passing/through/ the great middle