UCR Dance. Inland Empire’s Ultimate Doundounba West African Drum and Dance Festival 2020 - Online!

UC RIVERSIDE Department of Dance
WE 3 PRODUCTIONS and “We The People” Cultural Dance Center
present the third annual

Inland Empire's Ultimate Doundounba Festival 2020
West African Drum and Dance

Online!

Join host Makeda Kumasi for a free six-week Saturday Zoom Class series in West African Drum and Dance as we engage in strength, wellness and community support that is the Doundounba.

June 21 - July 25, 2020 
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
FREE to the public

• Download the poster here

• Classes in West African Drum and Dance
• Film Festival
• Community Forum
• Top Participant Competition
• Showcasing Performances include:
SHINE Muwasi, Bre Dance Studio, Tropicaleiza Dance and Drum Ensemble, Unity Dance Ensemble, Loyola STAR Drum and Dance, Umoja Ensemble of the Inland Empire

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FATHER'S DAY, SUNDAY, JUNE 21st
Film Festival and Community Forum:

• Register in advance for this meeting. Click here
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

10:30 am "12 Days in Senegal an Artist Journey; Docu-Journal" by Makeda Kumasi
11:00 am "Landouma Fare" by Youssouf Koumbassa 
12:15 am Discussion w/ Katrina Hazzard-Donald, PhD, and Youssouf Koumbassa 
1:00 pm Introduction to Mande Music w/ Solo Soro

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SATURDAY CLASS SCHEDULE:
• Register in advance for these meetings. Click here
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

10:30 am Wellness and conditioning w/ Lori Hayes
12:00 pm Lunch Hour
1:00 pm Intro and Warm-up w/ Makeda Kumasi
1:30 pm Class Calendar:    

JUNE 27 Dance Class with Youssouf Koumbassa
JULY 4    Djembe Class with Fode Sissoko
JULY 11  Dance Class with Jahanna Blunt
JULY 18  Doundoun Class with Malik Sow
JULY 25  Dance Class with Kosi Williams

Showcasing Performances include: SHINE Muwasi, Bre Dance Studio, Tropicaleiza Dance and Drum Ensemble, Unity Dance Ensemble, Loyola STAR Drum and Dance, Umoja Ensemble of the Inland Empire

2020 Top Participant Competition: Festival participants are invited to email their 30-45 second Doundounba solo video link to clydean.parker@ucr.edu by July 17, 2020.

The video will be scored by our Panel of Elders who will help determine this year's Top Participant. Points will also be accumulated according to the competitors' participation in each Saturday class during the festival series. Participation points will be added to the Elder's scores. All attendees and competitors will receive a certificate of participation. Top Participant will also receive a prize package valued over $500, including a Mande instrument and a scholarship to study drum or dance with a master.

Elder Panel: Nzingha Camara, Janiece Blunt, JahAmen Mobley, Malik Sow
Other Participants include: Bara M'Boup, Will Gordon, Colette Eloi.

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About Makeda Kumasi 
Makeda Kumasi is Founder / Artistic Director of The Umoja Ensemble of the Inland Empire (UEIE) and Co-founder of WE 3 PRODUCTIONS. UEIE is a performance group that has been “edutaining ” audiences through an African art aesthetic for over a decade. Makeda has toured with two prominent Southern California based performance companies, Abalaye African Drum and Dance Ensemble, and Niancho Eniyaley African Dance Performers. Makeda holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Education from the University of Phoenix. She teaches West African movement classes in the community and at the University of California, Riverside. In 2014, she received a Professional Development Grant to study West African Dance in Senegal. From her experience, Makeda has written two books: 12 Days in Senegal; An Artist’s Journey, which is a journal of her sabbatical, I See Hip Hop Afrika, a poetry/picture book, as well as produced a documentary short “12 Days in Senegal; An Artist’s Journey, Docu-Journal”.

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For more information email: dance@ucr.edu 

Sunday, June 21 at 10:30am to 3:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Arts, Music & Concerts, Dance, Film & Screenings, Workshops

Audience

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

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Dance
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Cheryl Henderson left a positive review 6/20/2020

I'm so sorry my plans for that time changed and I wasn't able to watch it. I'm very sorry I missed it because I was looking forward to watching it. I'm sure it was very good