UCR Dance: Inland Empire’s Ultimate Doundounba Festival 2019

Department of Dance
WE 3 PRODUCTIONS and “We The People” Cultural Dance Center

Second Annual Inland Empire’s
Ultimate Doundounba Festival 2019

Makeda Kumasi, Artistic Director

Inland Empire’s Ultimate Doundounba Festival is an exciting weekend of workshops in West African Drum and Dance, a showcase, and an invitational competition. This event includes free traditional and contemporary fine arts performances, workshops, classes, access to an African Marketplace and more! For our second annual festival we will have Master Jali, Solo Soro, teaching a balafone class. Master Dancer and Founder of KanKouran West African Dance Company, Baba Assane Konte, coming from Washington D.C. to do a seminar. We have also added a screening/talk with Joyce Guy and her independent documentary, "Dancing Like Home", which highlights her journey to West Africa to pursue the meanings of the traditional dance ceremonies of Casamance, Senegal. Other classes include instruction from 2018 African Dance LA winners, Jahanna Blunt and Kwasi Williams of Ballet Dembaya, and Master Dancer Babacar Ndiaye who teaches at Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles.

APRIL 26-28, 2019
Free and open to the public.

APRIL 26 Friday    
UCR ARTS: Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts
3824 Main Street, Riverside (951) 827-4787
APRIL 27 Saturday  
UCR main campus: Dance Studio, ARTS 100
 APRIL 28 Sunday    
UCR main campus: Dance Studio Theatre, ATHD 102

Limited space: Reserve your spot on Eventbrite today!

SCHEDULE: Updated 4/19/19

APRIL 26 Friday - UCR ARTS
Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts: 3824 Main Street, Riverside (951) 827-4787
Documentary Screenings w/ Q & A
6:00 pm - The SuNu Legacy by Imani Maat
6:30 pm - 12 Days in Senegal; An Artist’s Journey Docu-Journal by Makeda Kumasi
7:00 pm - Dancing Like Home by Joyce Guy
7:30 pm - Q & A w/ Directors
8:00 pm - Seminar w/ Baba Assane Konte / KanKouran West African Dance Company, Washington D.C.

APRIL 27 Saturday - Dance Studio, ARTS 100
8:30 am - Registration
9:00 am - Balafone Workshop - Solo Soro
10:00 am - Djembe Drum class - Akinlana Kwesi Williams
11:00 am - Dance class - TBA
12:30 pm - Lunch / Drum Class - Bada M’Boup
1:20 pm - Doun Drum class - Rene Fisher Mims
2:20 pm - Workshop - Baba Assane Konte
4:20 pm - Master Class - Babacar Ndiaye

APRIL 28 Sunday - Dance Studio Theatre, ATHD 102
2:40 pm - Doors Open
3:00 pm - Welcome
Lift Every Voice - Kenneth Daughtrey
Arrangement - JahAmen Mobley West African Drum Class
Competition Round One
Contemporary Dance - FLO Motion, Director Lori Hayes
Contemporary Dance - Unity Dance Studio, Director Monique Williams and Krystal Johnson
West African Dance - Loyola STAR African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Director Jan Blunt
Competition Round Two
Haitian Dance - EL WAH Movement Dance Theater, Director, Colette Eloi
West African Dance - Umoja Ensemble of the Inland Empire Featuring Guest Artist, Babacar Ndiaye and Music Director Bada M’Boup
Competition Round Three
Inland Empire’s Ultimate Doundounba Festival Top Participant Announcement / Closing

*Workshop/class participants are invited to test their Doundounba skill and be judged by a panel of elders for the title “Inland Empire’s Ultimate Doundounba Festival Participant”. Award includes scholarship, drum, and portion of the $500 prize purse.

Parking: Complimentary permits available at the Information Kiosk
INFORMATION: (951) 827-3245  performingarts@ucr.edu  
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Funded in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Sundra Foundation, with Gold Sponsorship by UC Riverside African Studies Committee and cosponsored by the Department of Dance.

WE 3 PRODUCTIONS is an “Edutainment” firm with a mission is to bridge the gap between culture and art by creating products and venues for positive art expression and Art Education. For over fifteen years, WE 3’s various Community In-Reach programs have helped to restore, repair, and regenerate the physical, psychological and spiritual health of the populations we serve, through the preservation, practice, and presentation of African Arts and the principles of Kwanzaa.

“We The People” Cultural Dance Center's mission is to increase community awareness, appreciation and respect for cultural commonalities of world artistic expressions displayed through dance and music. For almost two decades WTP has been providing cultural fine arts education and engaging over 100,000 people throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties in classes, workshops, performances, lecture demonstrations and community festivals.

Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Arts Building, UCR ARTS in Downtown Riverside, ARTS 100, ATHD 102
Arts Building, Riverside, CA 92507

Event Type

Arts, Dance, Film & Screenings, Workshops


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, International Students, Transfer Students, General Public


Free and open to the public.

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