Prairie Breezes Presents Bolokada Conde & Friends

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Event Date: 
September 12, 2014 - 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

Prairie Breezes Presents Bolokada Conde & Friends

Join us for a spirited and energetic West African drumming and dance performance led by master drummer Bolokada Conde. For families.

Bolokada Conde, Born in Morowaya, Guinea, is one of the most celebrated master drummers in the world. He was the lead soloist of Les Percussions de Guinee for over a decade. He has taught workshops worldwide to beginning and advanced students. He currently lives in South Carolina, and previously he worked at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he was a Visiting Professor and taught Mande drumming, rhythms, and songs.

Prairie Breezes concerts are for children and their families and take place on the second Friday of most months. The series is generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss. Bolokoda Conde & Friends is presented in cooperation with the C-U West African Drum & Dance Collective's Midwest Mandeng 2014. More information about Midwest Mandeng is available here: http://cuwaddc.weebly.com/midwest-mandeng.html

Admission: 
free admission
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Super Mazumzum and Dundunba Party

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Event Date: 
September 13, 2014 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Black Rock Pizza Co.
Address: 
88 Broadway inside Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana
Description: 

Playing Afro Beat, Soukous, Township Jive, Malawian Afroma, and more, Super Mazumzum is Champaign-Urbana’s premier African Jazz band performing music from artists ranging from Manu Dibango to Mafikizolo. This 8-piece dance group features lead singer Chipo Sakufiwa together with a full brass and rhythm section playing their best arrangements of classic and contemporary African music.

This performance is part of Midwest Mandeng 2014: September 12-14. It will be followed by a dundunba party. More information about the West African drum and dance conference is available here: http://cuwaddc.weebly.com/midwest-mandeng.html

Admission: 
$5 cover charge
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Otaak Band - Family Performance

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Event Date: 
October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
Description: 

Ahmed Said Abuamna and Miguel Merino of the Otaak Band will introduce family audiences to music, instruments and dance of the Beja.

Indigenous to western Eritrea, southeastern Egypt, and eastern Sudan, the Beja employ muscular vocals and the masankop, a lyre that allows a musician to create melody, harmony, and rhythm simultaneously and is thought to be one of the world’s oldest instruments. Masankop master and vocalist Ahmed Said Abuamna from eastern Sudan and Miguel Merino—a percussionist and composer from Indiana who was educated in the University of Miami’s jazz program and then moved to Egypt to learn from area performers— lead the Otaak Band which resonates with the ancient traditions of the Beja and the fresh sounds of contemporary pop-rock.

Otaak Band is performing a free concert in the evening at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at 9:30pm. For more information, please visit their website listing: http://www.krannertcenter.com/performance.aspx?id=2014813172555541281741...

Admission: 
free admission
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Fall International Capoeira Conference

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Event Date: 
September 25, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande- IL
Address: 
221 S Locust Street, Champaign, IL 61821
Description: 

We are excited to announce our Fall International Capoeira Conference at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, September 25th-28th, 2014, presented by Denis of Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande Champaign -IL, the Capoeira Club at UIUC. Please join us for a fabulous weekend of celebrating Brazilian culture. We are honored to have Great Mestre João Grande and Contra-Mestres leading workshops in Capoeira Angola , Afro-Brazilian dance, and Capoeira Angola music. We are hoping that you and your energy will be part of the weekend!

Mestre João Grande (Brasil, New York City, NY)
Professor Salim ( Angola Center Okland)

Event Schedule

Thursday, September 25th

Capoeira Roda Urbana Schools presentation
10:00-10:30am

Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande- IL
6:00-8:00pm Capoeira Angola movement class
8:00-9:00pm- Capoeira Angola opening Roda

Friday, September 26th

Krannert Performing Art Center DRK room

6:00-8:00pm Capoeira Angola movement class
8:00-9:00pm- Capoeira Angola music class

Saturday, September 27th

Krannert Performing Art Center DRK room
9:00–9:45am Warm-up Stretch class
10:00am-12:00pm –Capoeira Angola movement class-Free Beginner community class- class dress code*

Illini Union Quad Southside
12:00pm – 1:00pm Capoeira Angola Quad Roda presentation- if weather permits

The Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant
1:00pm – 2:00pm Cultural Lunch

Krannert Performing Art Center DRK room2:00pm – 3:00pm Samba dance workshop
3:00pm – 5:00pm Capoeira movement workshop
6:00pm- Brazilian Cultural Show
Capoeira Angola Center Champaign IL
8:00pm Dinner & Gathering

Sunday, September 28th

Capoeira Angola Center Champaign IL
10:00-11:00am kids class
11:00-1:00pm Capoeira/ Maculelê workshop
1:00pm-2:00pm Break
2:00-4:00pm Capoeira Roda

BBQ
5:00pm

Address Locations

Krannert Performing Art Center
Stage Floor Room DRK
500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801
Free parking in Krannert Center’s underground parking

Illini Union Quad – Southside
1401 W Green St,
Urbana, IL 61801

Capoeira Angola Center Champaign IL Study group
221 S Locust Street
Champaign, IL 61821

The Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant
1209 W Oregon St, Urbana, IL 61801

Full event with shirt $100.00

Prices for Per-day rate (shirt not included)

Thursday $50.00
Friday $60.00
Saturday $75.00
Sunday $60.00
T-shirt only $20.00

Free for UIUC student with a UIUC Student ID
Kids $20.00 for Full event workshops & shirt
Kids Admission Free for Sunday workshop only
Samba Workshop $15.00
Saturday 10am Capoeria Angola Community class- Free

Capoeira Instructors
Event Free if you bring 5 students or more.
If you bring 3 Students you get a Discount of $30 Dollars off full event price.
Normal price if you don’t bring a student!

Instructors, Treinels, Professores and Contra-Mestres, remember this fee is an Investment and a Donation to support the Capoeira!
Dress Code *
For Capoeira workshops only
– Flat sole shoes
– Shirts that tuck into your pants
– Capoeira or dress pants
– Tank tops not allowed

Admission: 
Full event with shirt $100.00 Prices for Per-day rate (shirt not included) Thursday $50.00
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Otaak Band

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Event Date: 
October 18, 2014 - 9:30pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5 - lobby
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave. Urbana, Il, 61801
Description: 

Global Transfer Afterglow: Otaak Band

Otaak Band resonates with the ancient traditions of the Beja and the fresh sounds of contemporary pop-rock. Indigenous to western Eritrea, southeastern Egypt, and eastern Sudan, the Beja employ muscular vocals and the masankop, a lyre that allows a musician to create melody, harmony, and rhythm simultaneously and is thought to be one of the world’s oldest instruments. Led by masankop master and vocalist Ahmed Said Abuamna from eastern Sudan and Miguel Merino—a percussionist and composer from Indiana who was educated in the University of Miami’s jazz program and then moved to Egypt to learn from area performers—Otaak Band connects primeval songs with modern sonic experimentation and lets the versatility and beauty of this traditional instrument shine.

Admission: 
free admission
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Niamh Dunne & Seán Óg Graham

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Event Date: 
September 15, 2014 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
The Upper Bout
Address: 
723 S Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820
Description: 

Piper's Hut presents Niamh Dunne & Seán Óg Graham
(2/5ths of the band Beoga.

http://www.beogamusic.com/beoga/home.html

Tickets are available on-line and should be available at the door.
http://www.pipers-hut.com/concerts/

Niamh Dunne is a highly accomplished singer, fiddler and composer from Co. Limerick, and has just released her debut solo song album,
"Portraits". With master guitar player and producer Seán Óg Graham,
Niamh's first song album is a mix of traditional songs and folk material with an emphasis on her home town of Limerick. She has been a member with the world renowned band Beoga for the last 7 years with whom she has toured extensively and recorded 3 CDs.

She began to play fiddle at the age of 4, and learned her music from
Mickey Dunne, the well-known piper from Limerick who is part of a rich cultural heritage of traveling musicians. For generations, the Dunne's traveled the country playing fiddles and pipes at any social events (football matches, markets days, fairs), and had a rich understanding of the musical traditions of Ireland that existed all over the country, especially at a time when there were no recordings and this was the only means of transmission.
http://niamhdunne.com

Seán Óg Graham, from Portglenone, Co. Antrim, is one of Ireland's most dynamic young button accordion players. He has achieved numerous
All-Ireland titles and is also a gifted, self-taught guitarist. He has several television appearances to his credit, and has appeared as guest soloist with the Irish Harp Orchestra, the Canadian Youth Orchestra and Alan Kelly's 'Celtic Legends' show. He has recorded with various Irish musicians and recently he has been accompanying Solas members Winifred Horan and Mick McAuley at their 'Serenade' concerts in Ireland and Europe. He is also a talented composer and a wide range of influences is evident in his music writing. Seán Óg is a graduate of the Limerick based Irish World Academy of Music.

Admission: 
$20 adult, $10 student/senior
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Sweetcorn Festival - One Community Together Stage

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Event Date: 
August 22, 2014 - 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Description: 

The Sweetcorn Festival has a few performances featuring international music and dance, including the indie/pop/folk/andean stylings of Hathaways on Friday and the Brazilian martial art capoeira and West African drum and dance on Saturday.

Friday, August 22:
Traditional Jazz Orchestra — 6–6:45 p.m.
Hathaways — 7–7:45 p.m.
The Painkillers Blues Band — 8–8:45 p.m.
Sun Stereo — 9–10:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 23:
Bow-Dacious String Band and BBL Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble — 12–1 p.m.
Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre Joao Grande — 1–1:15 p.m.
Champaign Park District Dance Arts School — 1:15–1:30 p.m.
Classy Combinations — 1:30–1:45 p.m.
Djibril Camara and the Mara Giri Dance Ensemble — 2–2:45 p.m.
Bones, Jugs, & Harmony — 3–3:45 p.m.
Killer Bee Honey — 4–4:45 p.m.
Central, Centennial, and Urbana High School Marching Bands — 5–6:15 p.m.

Admission: 
free admission
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Community Gamelan Classes Resume September 8

Community Gamelan resumes on Monday, September 8 for the Fall 2014 semester.

As part of the center’s outreach programming, the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music offers community members the opportunity to learn and play traditional Balinese Gamelan music under the direction of I Ketut Gede Asnawa, a master gamelan musician and composer at the University of Illinois. A gamelan is an orchestra consisting mainly of keyed metallophones, gongs, and drums, often functioning as accompaniment to dance, dramas, and other Balinese performance arts.

Our Monday evening classes run from 6pm to 8pm in Room 1188 of School of Music at 1114 W. Nevada Street. Community gamelan is open to all, free of charge, with no prior experience required. No credit is offered. There is no need for registration, but participants who join the ensemble should understand that regular attendance is expected in order to enjoy making music in an orchestra dependent upon the contribution of every player. Community Gamelan members will be invited to perform at our end of semester concert scheduled for Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2pm.

We look forward to having new members join community gamelan this Fall.

Feel free to contact us at worldmusic@illinois.edu to express your interest or to request more information.

Opening Night Party with Tiempo Libre, Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández, and Samba Soul

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Event Date: 
September 12, 2014 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave. Urbana, Il, 61801
Description: 

Opening Night Party with Tiempo Libre, Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández, and Samba Soul

Friday, September 12, 2014, at 6pm; food sales begin and doors open at 6pm; Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández at 6:30pm in the Lobby; Samba Soul at 7:45pm in the Lobby; Tiempo Libre at 8:45pm in the Lobby | Lobby and Terraces

¡Qué bueno!

Summer might be at its end, but at Krannert Center things are just beginning to heat up! We’re bursting into the new season with all-ages energy, a fresh mix of revelers, activity around every corner, the wafting invitation from fabulous outdoor food vendors, and a show-stopping set of Latin music masters.

Fifth-generation mariachi master José Hernández ignites the evening with his dazzling, Grammy-nominated, 13-member folk ensemble Mariachi Sol de México.® With brass fanfare, nimble strings, and powerful vocals, these cultural ambassadors preserve traditional Mexican tunes while peppering performances with novel renditions of pop, classical, and swing numbers.

After local favorite Samba Soul stirs in its trademark combination of classic Brazilian samba and sophisticated bossa nova, bandleader Jorge Gómez and the sensational Miami-based timba kings of Tiempo Libre are up. This is the third Krannert Center stop for these three-time Grammy nominees. Classically trained in Cuba’s top music conservatories, Tiempo Libre is celebrated for its sophisticated performances of timba, a joyous mix of high-voltage R&B, pop, jazz, and the seductive rhythms of son.

For our Opening Night Party, the rhythm is unstoppable, the price is unbeatable, and the fun is unforgettable!

Admission: 
$5
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Midwest Mandeng 2014: West African Drum and Dance

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Event Date: 
September 12, 2014 - 6:00pm - September 14, 2014 - 7:15pm
Venue: 
Urbana Landmark Hotel
Address: 
210 South Race Street Urbana, IL
Description: 

Midwest Mandeng 2014: September 12-14

Brace yourselves Central Illinois for the first ever Midwest Mandeng--a full weekend of dancing, drumming, partying, shopping, and community building. This year the festival will take place September 12-14 at the historic Urbana Landmark Hotel in the heart of downtown Urbana!

Midwest Mandeng will feature 9 drum workshops and 7 dance workshops led by some of the most talented instructors from Guinea, Senegal and Mali. The classes are "all levels" and will be open to people of all ages, races, sizes, classes and fitness ability. In fact, kids under 13 who are accompanying a paying adult attendee and senior citizens dance for free!

In addition to the workshops, there will also be a demonstration and Q&A session geared towards kids at the Urbana Free Library and a "dundunba" party which is an open dance party with live drumming. And to top it all off we are inviting vendors to participate in our African Marketplace to sell clothes, food, instruments or other small items.

Here is the tentative schedule for Midwest Mandeng 2014! Please note that during the concurrent sessions, the drum classes will be held in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign (UUCUC), which is just two blocks away from the Urbana Landmark Hotel.

Friday, September 12
4:15-5:00: Free demonstration at Urbana Free Library
6:00-7:30: Concurrent sessions: All Levels Guinea Dance with Youssouf Koumbasse & Guinea Djembe with Bolkada Conde (UUCUC)

Saturday, September 13
8:30-10:00-- Concurrent sessions: Intermediate/Advanced Malian dance with Djeneba Sako & Senegalese Djembe with Assane Seck (UUCUC)
10:15-11:45--All Levels Guinea Dance with Youssouf Koumbassa
11:45-1:00-- Lunch break
1-2:30-- All Levels Malian Djembe with Moussa Traore
2:30- 4:00-- All Levels Guinea Dance with Djibril Camara
4:00- 5:30-- All Levels Dundun with Abass Camara
5:45- 7:15-- Concurrent sessions: Beginner Malian dance with Djeneba Sako & Guinean Djembe with Bolokada Conde (UUCUC)

8:00-Midnight-- Performance featuring Afro-pop band Super Mazumzum followed by a dundunba party! (Doors open at 7:15pm)

Sunday, September 14
8:30-10:00-- All Levels Dundun with Abass Camara
10:15-11:45--All Levels Guinea Dance with Djibril Camara
11:45-1:00-- Lunch break
1-2:30-- Malian Djembe with Moussa Traore
2:30- 4:00-- All Levels Malian Dance with Djeneba Sako
4:00- 5:30-- Concurrent sessions: Beginner Guinea dance with Djibril Camara & Guinean Djembe with Bolokada Conde (UUCUC)
5:45- 7:15-- Concurrent sessions: Intermediate/Advanced Guinea Dance with Youssouf Koumbassa & Senegalese Djembe with Assane Seck (UUCUC)

(Schedule last updated here 9/8/14)

Admission: 
Pre-registration Rates (full payment received by August 31, 2014) Adult: $125 Student: $100 Children Under 13: Free (with registered parent or guardian) Senior Citizens: Free | Regular Registration Rates (full payment received after August 31, 2014) Adult: $150 Student: $125 Children Under 13: Free (with registered parent or guardian) Senior Citizens: Free | Single Class Drop-in Fee: $20 per class | Spectator Fee: $5 per class
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  • September 25, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

    We are excited to announce our Fall International Capoeira Conference at the University of...

  • October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm

    Ahmed Said Abuamna and Miguel Merino of the Otaak Band will introduce family audiences to music...

  • October 18, 2014 - 9:30pm

    Global Transfer Afterglow: Otaak Band

    Otaak Band resonates with the ancient traditions of...