How we Live....

Watching these Ghetto Kids Triplets videos really does something for me. Makes me miss childhood and also remember that I dream of traveling the world to just dance. I feel like I got to have the world come to me, and always have grown up learning dance informally through videos (back in the day it would have to be a VHS I luckily found somewhere), meeting people who taught me about the dance from their neck of the hoods, and traveling/going to clubs/parties in various parts of the US. I have this tingle still that it would be something to actually travel and be in these places. But until then (if ever), I love having access to the various manifestations and expressions of African/Black Dance whether it be rural, town or urban. 

For a while now these Ghetto Kid videos stay being my happy place. On the grimiest of days...two doses keeps the hopelessness away.

Drumming with BoomShake

Join me and my BoomShake! Family for summer music

Friday July 24th 
Join the BoomShake crew for a fun half-hour of street drumming action.
6:30-7:00PM | Oakland Museum Plaza
All-Ages | FREE | RSVP

Sunday, July 26 & August 23PLAY IN THE PARK
Join us for singing, drumming and movement for all ages, but also have time for free play and hangout. Please see details below. Looking forward to see you all!
10:30am- 1:00pm | Mosswood Park, Oakland
Baby (0-5years) & Family Music: 11:00-11:30am
Kids (6+) & Adult Drumming: 11:45-12:45pm
All-Ages | FREE | RSVP

More Free Afro- Urban + Track List Recap (OMCA)

May 29 at the Oakland Museum Friday Nights event was hella fun! It was set off with a DJ set by Juan G (check out his Afrobeatz mixes), who transitioned to some Naija Beats right before the mini-class, so the mood was right. The dancers worked it out! I was so juiced... it's been a minute since I got down like that, so right now my hips and thighs are singing for it!

Shaneeka and I will be back again on Friday July 24th 6:30-7:00pm on the Afro-Urban dance love...but BEFORE that I'll be doing some street drumming with the BoomShake crew on June 26. So save those dates and join us!

June 26- BoomShake Street Drumming
July 24th- Afro-Urban Dance

Here's the re-cap and dances/track list from May 29
This session I wanted to keep moves simple and fun/freestyle high, so we quickly went through a few different moves from various sounds, and then put it all together for a quick choreo. Amazing how much you can do in half an hour.
  1.  Warm-up: Collabo by P. Square (Nigeria)
  2. Whip it/Nae: Watch Me by Silento (USA)
  3. Shoki: Shoki Remix by Lil Kesh ft. Davido (Nigeria)
  4. Azonto/Akayida: Adonai Remix by Sarkodie ft. Castro (Ghana)
  5. Kuduro Moves: Tokê Nangô by DJ Branquinho Feat. Os Banah (Angola)
  6. Combo/Choreo: Shake Body by Skales (Nigeria)

Free Afro-Urban Dance @OMCA Friday Night May 29

Photo by DJ Leydis
with Nkei Oruche & D. Fuse
6:30-7:00pm,  Free, family friendly & fun (I hope).

Things that Make Me Smile # 382

Black Men Dancing.


I practice dance, music, fashion, art that comes out of people of African descent. Out of our struggles, through our pain, and in our moments of joy and creativity. I canNOT be silent as our lives are being taken away by the very people who also exploit our power. We canNOT ignore critical moments or simply pick and choose when it is convenient to express our 'Africanism' or our 'Blackism'.

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Bacchanal de Afrique 2014

Dance Mission, Global Street Dance Project and D-Fuse Dance present

Bacchanal de Afrique 2014
A Night of Afro-Urban Dance and Music

From Azonto to Zouk; Coupe Decale to Hiphop; Dancehall to Vogue; Afro-house to Soukous and more. Bay Area Afro-Urban Dancers, DJs and Musicians come together for a night of true afro street and club revelry showcasing the diversity of Africa and her Diaspora. A light-hearted, high-energy presentation and exchange of Afro-Urban dance and music styles.

Friday, November 14th 2014
Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th Street (corner Mission), San Francisco
$18 presale | $20 at the door
Buy Tickets or by calling 1-800-838-3006

Performances and DJ Dance Party featuring:
Nkei Oruche
Rashad aka Soul Nubian (The Global Street Dance Project)
Dj Mpenzi
Nkei & Rashad’s Afro-Urban Dance Performance Workshop
Yaïr & Chalianna of Dança Makèzú
Thobs the Zulu Queen
Samad Raheem Guerra
Rocssy Mahania
Shemica Watkins
Asatu Musunama
Ebun Omoni
Edward Galán
Shaneeka ‘Akemi’ Smoot
Obiamaka Eke
Jasmine McClain
DJ Bisou
The Bacchanal de Afrique Music Collective
Zakiya Harris & Elephantine

DJ Mpenzi Spinning
Coupe Decale | Azonto | Dancehall | Soca | Naija | Kwaito Ndombolo | Afrobeat | Afro-House | Hip Hop | & More