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).

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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 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/907293 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

From Azonto to Zouk: Nkei's Afro-Urban Alphabet

When I do workshops I usually try my best to share some information about what I'm teaching, music I use and anything else that I think is interesting. It's part of the whole experience of exploring dance to me. I can't possibly teach (or know) everything there is to about the dance and music in the Afro-Urban world, so I like to create it as an ongoing conversation. For the current Afro-Urban Dance Performance workshop at Dance Mission I will try my best to post weekly about what's happening: for the participants and for anyone who's interested in my ramblings. I've reworked a title "From Azonto to Zouk: Nkei's Afro-Urban Alphabet" and will continue to flesh it out as we go: Drawing from the A-Z dance concept (you've seen those videos yeah?)... I've decided to compile my own alphabet set, on what I find noteworthy relating to Afro-Urban dance. For this blog series, I will be posting about what I cover in class.

A: Azonto vs. Alkayida
Sep 30 2014 @ Dance Mission

After Rashad set the workshop series off the previous week with Afro-House (which covered various areas including Panstula from South Africa), we kicked it into gear. First stop: Accra, Ghana, West Africa... Azonto & Alkayida styles are just those that when you see it, when it gets in your body, it's hard to let go. Once I got the basic Azonto move down, I was doing it ALL. THE. TIME. to every sound and style of music. It was lightweight frustrating because I couldn't help it, I would pretty much only be able to do that. Which I imagine is not the worst problem to have. Anyway, it is pretty cool to follow how this dance craze started, from some obscure dance step to a whole slew of dance vocabulary and music genre and now morphing and evolving alongside the recent alkayida movement. Looks like Ghana is staying on the Afro-pop map for a while and not letting go anytime soon. I'm standing on my toes, wondering what will be next. Is there already a next?  On Sep 30, 2014 (Session 2) here's how we got down:

Warm Up
  1. Can I Get Wit U-Rukus ft. Kuebounce
  2. Happiness- Mafikizolo ft. May D
  3. Okinnin Kpin- Serge Beynaud
  4. Ora- Terry G
  5. Fo M'appelé- Toofan ft. Charly Watta

Going In
  1. Azonto-Fuse ODG ft. Tiffany
  2. Akayida- Guru
  3. Antenna- Fuse ODG
  4. Azonto Fiesta- Sarkodie ft. Kesse Appietus
  5. Tonga- Joey B ft. Sarkodie