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Inland Empire's Ultimate Doundounba Festival
Culver Arts Center, University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA
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Inland Empire's Ultimate Doundounba Festival
WE 3 PRODUCTIONS and We The People Cultural Dance Center


Inland Empire's Ultimate Doundounba Festival
Sunday, April 22, 2018

An exciting day of workshops in West African Drum and Dance, a Drum and Dance Showcase, and an invitational competition. Family friendly activities include the African Marketplace, free children's arts, free live music and dance performances, low cost workshop classes and more!

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.

Doundounba Drum and Dance workshops
Infuse Dance Studio
3737 Main St. Ste 103A  Riverside, CA 92501

8:30 am - 6:00 pm

8:30 am Registration
9:30 am Medasi Mobley _Doundoun Drum Workshop
11:40 am Jahana Blunt  _Dance Workshop
2:10 pm Kwesi Williams_Djembe Drum Workshop
4:20 pm Master Class with Master Dancer Babacar Ndiaye

Showcase / Competition
Culver Center of the Arts
3834 Main St. Riverside, CA 92501

7:00 pm - 9 pm

Doundounba is a traditional West African rhythm and dance known as the dance of the strong man. It is a dance that showcases the heritage and culture of Africans and African Americans, and the values of strength, agility, vitality, community, communication, creativity, and health. This dance was known to be used as a way to resolve conflict and disagreements in the village or with neighboring tribes in the Great Mali Empire of West Africa. It is the dance of the warrior and the wrestler.

Inland Empires Ultimate Doundounba Festival is a one day workshop and invitational competition. Workshop participants will engage in one, any, or all four classes in Doundounba technique.

The Showcase / Competition will include guest performances by the Umoja Ensemble of the Inland Empire, FLO Motion, and The Sesh Project. Dance companies are invited to showcase their Doundounba performance.

Workshop participants are invited to test their skill in the competition and will be judged by a panel of elders for the title "Inland Empire's Ultimate Doundounba Festival Participant".

Title winner will receive a scholarship to study West African Drum rhythms with JahAmen Mobley, their own Doundounba drum, and at least $100 cash. All participants have the opportunity to win a portion of the $500 cash purse in the three round battle.

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities available.

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Lori Hayes,
Makeda Kumasi,


Culver Arts Center, University of California, Riverside (View)
3834 Main St.
Riverside, CA 92501
United States


Arts > Dance

Minimum Age: 0
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


On BPT Since: Jan 29, 2018

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