Friday, August 30, 2013

CDDF 2013: BIAMVU BIA KONGO Schedule...

("BRIDGES of the CONGO")
 Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice Street, 3rd floor, Oakland, CA 94612

Confirmed Artists:  JAVIER Gordillo Barrera (PERU), LAURE Fluerentin (HAITI), BIZA Sompa, LaKiesha Golden, MAKAYA "Kayos", Arnaud LOUBAYI, Braulio Barrera (PERU), Pedro Rosales (PERU), ARMEL Mampouya, Arnold BALEKITA, Teber MILANDOU-SITA, Jean-Armel MAMPOUYA, and Cassy Joseph (HAITI), and Colette Eloi, Director of El Wah Movement (LECTURE)


FRIDAY, October 11, 2013:
6:15p - Opening Welcome/Discussion 
7:00p - 8:30p ~ Peruvian Dance (Javier Gordillo Barrera)


SATURDAY, October 12, 2013:
9a - 10:15 ~ HAITIAN Lecture 
10:30a - 11:45a ~ Drum Class (BALEKITA) 
12:00p - 1:15p ~ HAITIAN DANCE (Laure Fleurentin) 
1:30p - 2:30p ~ KIDS Class (LAKIESA) 
2:45p - 4:00p ~ Congolese (MAKAYA) 
4:15p - 5:30p ~ Congolese (LOUBAYI) 
5:45p - 7:00p ~ Congolese - (BIZA)

SUNDAY, October 13, 2013:
8:30a ~ Breakfast/Community Potluck 
9:00a - 10:15a ~ Lari LANGUAGE Class (MAMPOUYA) 
10:30a - 11:45a ~ Congolese (LOUBAYI) 
12:00p - 1:15p ~ Congolese (LAKIESHA) 
1:30p - 2:45p ~ Congolese (BIZA) 
3:00p - 4:15p ~ Congolese (MAKAYA) 


$20 - Drum Workshop
$15 - Congolese Language Workshop
$15 each - Dance Workshops
$8 -Youth Dance Workshop (ages 4-18, 3 and under-FREE)
FREE - Lecture/Discussions

Deadline is Friday, October 4, 2013

4 or more dance workshops - $13 each
All Dance Package (10 dance workshops) - $130
Full Package (10 Dance, 1 Drum, 1 Language) - $165

~Choices Required prior to the beginning of the festival, please select on the registration form

~Make Money Orders payable to "LaKiesha Golden" and mail to: LaKiesha Golden, c/o CDDF, PO BOX 18576, OAKLAND, CA 94619

~Must be received by the pre-registration deadline: 10/04/13


Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice Street, 3rd floor (at 14th Street)
Oakland, CA 94612
(walking distance from 12th BART station)

MATONDO! (THANK YOU):  All Sponsors, Rhowana Gandy, Volunteers, and Festival Artists/Guests, and Community Participants

Sponsors ~ *City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, *Dimensions Dance Theater, *Cultural Arts of Gold, and the *Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Greetings all,

The Sunday 12pm Congolese class with Mbayero and guests will still be taking place while Mbayero is visiting home to Congo. Your support is greatly appreciated as always. So, for the month of August 2013 at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street, 2nd fl., 12pm - 1:30pm, class will only be $12!

Please bring a friend or two and spread the word. If you haven't been in a while, come on back! If you've never attended, now is a good time to start! If you know someone who's been contemplating taking a dance class, bring or send them! Please bring exact change if you have it and come on time if possible, it helps the flow of class, and allows us to end on time. See you on the dance floor! Hope to see you all Sunday! Thanks.


8/25-will be taught by LaKiesha

**Exception: Sunday, 8/18/13 Haitian Workshop /w Laure Fleurentin
same place, same time, Cost:$15, co-sponsored by Cultural Arts of GOLD (CAG)

**Also SUNDAY, 8/25
Soukous Dance Class (mini-lesson, 20min)
CONGOswim BBQ Potluck and Swim Challenge
Southgate Swim Club
24900 Magnolia Street, Hayward,
6pm - 10pm, CLASS @ 7PM
$10-Adults, $5-kids

Message from Host:
Please join us & fellow swim challengers in solidarity with the Democratic Republic of the Congo to End Violence Against Women and Girls. The CongoSwim Initiative ( chose August 25, 2013, as a global day of action to send a WAVE of Love to the DRC - and so, we will be taking over Margaret's old swimming grounds for an evening of music, fun and food - and we want you, family & friends to join us!

The first hour will be free swim time with the swim challenges to begin around 7pm (which will only take up the lane portion of the pool). Margaret will be swimming for 2 hours non-stop, with more challengers to set up their own goals for the night, as well. If you, a family member or a friend would like to join the swim challenge - please email Margaret (

For those less inclined to swim, there is also a large grass area, benches for sitting and a ping pong table. Oh, and we will be playing some Congolese music and cooking up some delicious food on the BBQ! ***

If you can't make it - donations are gratefully accepted via the CongoSwim website ( for Margaret's swim challenge. A portion of the proceeds will go to Global Fund for Women in support of our grantees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ***


Friday, 9/27
Congolese Dance Workshop w/ LaKiesha
Parkpoint Health Club
1200 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa, CA
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Adv: $12-mem/$15-nonmem
Door: $15-mem/$20-nonmem


Save the Dates-

Congolese Dance & Drum Festival: BIAMVU BIA KONGO meaning "Bridges of the Congo" - Friday, 10/11 - Sunday, 10/13, details coming, stay tuned!!

'Breaking the Silence' Congo Week, 10/20 - 10/26 including the Cell Out...

contact info: