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Spotlight on Artists & Musicians
Welcome to magical Africa - no passport required! There are only 4 more days left before Taste of Africa, where you and the family can taste zealous Zimbabwe, adorn yourself in kaleidoscope Kenya, hear the music of spectacular Senegal and move to the rhythm of gregarious Ghana. Prepare your senses for Kenyan food tastings that will be filling the music-filled air with a delicious aroma of everything from Mama's gravy to Mbuzi Choma (rack of spiced and roasted lamb).
Below we have highlighted the renowned African artists that will sweep you away to their homelands in Africa this Sunday, 19th October. They will delight in taking you on a cultural adventure as they display their heritage and talents in the form of music, art and one-of-kind crafted creations.
And, as if that isn't enough, there are also wine baskets up for auction at the event which include; tickets to the 34th Annual Harvest Wine Celebration, private tasting & tours and magnums from the likes of Concannon Vineyard and Rubino Estate Winery!
Ibou Ngom - A taste of Senegal
This master drummer, dance, performance artist was born into a Griot family of traditional musicians in Senegal, West Africa He has been carrying on his family’s musical lineage since childhood. Ibou facilitates community drumming and dancing with adults and students of all ages.
Swing your body to this video from one of his drumming circle workshops.
Jayson Fann - Spirit Nests & Soulful Music
Awaken your spirit with Jayson's Spirit Nests, art, music and dance. In this great interview Jayson tells us about himself and his passions.
This Sunday he will be helping us with decor and sharing his drumming and curated music with us.
Piwai - A taste of Zimbabwe
With certain artists, the craft runs so pure in the blood that simply bearing witness to their work has the power to transport you to another time and place. Piwai is such an artist. Her soulful voice and dynamic stage presence command attention while offering a transformational experience. Her passion for song, dance, and community is a gift to the world.
Born in Zimbabwe, Piwai was surrounded by music from an early age. Her first influences include music from the Shona and Ndebele people of Zimbabwe, Suthu and Zulu tribes, and the Zimbabwean Catholic Church. She joined her first choir at the age of 10, wrote her first song at age of 13, and hasn’t stopped since.
Nancy - A taste of Ghana
Born and raised in Ghana, Nancy Oppongmea McClymonds studied dance and theatre at the University of Ghana, and worked with Abibigromma Theatre Company.
Her energetic dance is not-to-be-missed performance happening this Sunday at the Taste of Africa!
Guest speaker from Asante Africa
Erna Grasz, a former Silicon Valley corporate executive with an advanced degree in engineering, is the founder of Asante Africa Foundation and CFO at Cheza Nami Foundation. Asante Africa Foundation provides invaluable education to youth across 31 villages in Kenya and Tanzania. Asante Africa believes in the power of knowledge as a catalyst to help young people create a future where they can live their fullest potential.
Hear what this wonderful woman has to say at Taste of Africa.
Guest artist: Elisangela Sousa - A taste of Brasil
Lead Vocals, Percussion, Dance for SambaDa. Born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, Dandha has been a member of Ile Aiye, one of Brazil’s most important musical and cultural institutions, since she was 6 years old.
As a lead dancer with Ile Aiye, Dandha has shared the stage with Brazilian stars such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Daniela Mercury. As well as performing with Ile Aiye and SambaDá, Dandha teaches Afro Brazilian dance all over the San Francisco Bay Area.
Guest artists: Oumou Diamanka & Mbor Ngoma Faye - A taste of Senegal
This husband (on drums) and wife (dancer) duo will blow you away with their West African djembe and dance which is trance-like, rhythmic and full of energy!
For a peek into one of their dance lessons, take a look at this video clip.
Don't hesitate. Book your tickets now, before it's too late!