Monday, October 21, 2013



Breaking the Silence CONGO WEEK via Friends of the Congo runs October 20-26, 2013. To honor this week, Cultural Arts of Gold is hosting a Film Screening of "The Greatest Silence:Rape in the Congo", this Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street, 2nd floor, Studio A, Oakland, CA. Please spread the word, bring a friend, and come on time if you can!
*Special Thanks to Leslie Carter, Director of African Queens Youth Dance Company

More info on the film:
The greatest silence [videorecording (DVD)] : rape in the Congo / Jackson Films ; in association with HBO Documentary Films and The Fledgling Fund ; producer/director/cinematographer/editor, Lisa F. Jackson

Also, the next two Sunday Congolese Dance classes at the Malonga Center will be taught by international guest artist Willy Loketo! 

Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice Street, 2nd floor, Studio A
Sundays 10/27/13 and 11/3/13
Cost:$15, 12:00pm-1:30pm


co-sponsored by Fua Dia Congo Performing Arts Dance Company, Mbayero, and Cultural Arts of GOLD

Please visit the link below or Fua Dia Congo Performing Arts Company on Facebook for other KONGOisms events this week:


Greetings Dance Community,

The big life event of my weekend aside from an upcoming birthday, the Congolese Dance and Drum Festival 2013: BIAMVU BIA KONGO (meaning Bridges of the Congo) took place October 11-13, 2013 at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Oakland, CA,  and for this, I must say THANKS! MATONDO to the community near and far, the new faces, the youth, those who just observed, those who asked questions about the festival, those there in spirit, those who told anyone about it, passed on a flyer, email, or other type of message, those who came to help/support the drumming, the Vendors, the Malonga Center staff, the City of Oakland CFP, Dimensions Dance Theater, my helpers:Gabriela, Tyese, Asatu, Denise Pate Pearson, CB, Jumoke, Rhowana, (hope I didn't forget anyone, didn't mean to), and most definitely to the BIAMVU BIA KONGO festival artists who are all amazing and some of the best at their craft: the elder of the festival and the person if I had to choose only one, who I credit as my teacher--Biza Sompa, Makaya "Kayos", Loubayi, Balekita, Armel, Teber Milandou-Sita, Mampouya (EXTRA Matondo to the drummers because they rocked it, Nobody does it like the Congo when it comes to singing and drumming, gotta LOVE it!) Colette Eloi, Laure Fleurentin, Cassy Joseph & Haitian Drummer Crew, Javier Gordillo Barrera, Pedro Rosales, and Braulio Barrera. Can't do it without you!!! Please inbox me with your email address if I don't have it to get a survey, which will be going out this week to get your thoughts/comments about the festival. Otherwise, expect it to be sent on the SF and Santa Cruz yahoo groups and/or your email listed on the sign-in sheets. Save the Dates for CDDF 2014:BIAMVU BIA KONGO, tentatively September (3rd or 4th weekend)! Please let me know if anything else annual happens at that time. MATONDO!!!!

F.Y.I., as tired as I am, it's not over yet....BREAKING THE SILENCE CONGO WEEK is October 20-26, 2013, look for various events around the Bay Area, Cultural Arts of Gold may be hosting a candlelight vigil and lecture and/or film showing next Thursday, 10/24, 6p-7:30p at the Malonga Center, update to post soon....Attached are a couple of pics from BIAMVU BIA KONGO with the PERUvian connection on Friday, 10/11/13......more pics to come at a later date....maybe I'll get to rest at least a little now...hmm. Please return all surveys to the address listed below or return them to this email address. Thanks.

Malonga Center, 1428 Alice Street, 2nd floor, Oakland 94612
Sun., 10/20/13: Mbayero and LaKiesha, $15
See you on the dance floor!

In Dance,
LaKiesha Golden, Coordinator

Congolese Dance and Drum Festival
c/o LaKiesha Golden
P. O. BOX 18576
Oakland, CA 94619

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Pre-Registration Closed and Artist Plug no3

 Pre-Registration Closed...BIAMVU BIA KONGO IS HERE!!!!!!!

Reminder: This weekend in Oakland, CA, is the Congolese Dance & Drum Festival 2013: BIAMVU BIA KONGO to be held at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street, 2nd and 3rd floors. Pre-registration for the discounted rate on workshops is now closed. Still feel free to take as many workshops as you like! There will be vendors on Saturday and Sunday, please support them as well. All Festival Details can be found at:WWW.YOUMUSTDANCE.BLOGSPOT.COM. Please Check out the other Congolese Teaching Artists for the festival below. Also, please remember that there are a few things for the non-dancer and the early-riser: SATURDAY, 10/12 - Haitian Lecture @ 9:00AM, Congolese Drum Workshop @ 10:30AM, Kids Dance Workshop @ 1:30p, SUNDAY, 10/13 - Congolese LANGUAGE (Lari) Workhsop @ 9:00AM! This is a not to be missed event, as we will something for everyone!

  CDDF 2013 ARTIST PLUG no3:  


MAKAYA 'KAYOS' is a traditional and contemporary artist-choreographer, dancer, and drummer from Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo in Central Africa.  He arrived in the U.S. in 2007, brought to the states as an artist performing with Compagnie Li-Sangha in the San Francisco International Arts Festival.  Prior to his arrival, he had toured parts of Europe while working with professional dance companies from the Congo.  He currently teaches dance and/or drum workshops/classes in Ukiah, Santa Cruz, and other places in the Bay Area. His energetic, technical style is desired by many.


ARNAUD LOUBAYI of Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, started his artistic career in 2000. He took part in various courses and trainings in modern, contemporary dance with several choreographers. He toured with many companies as solo artist. He joined the group Ngoma Za Kongo in 2006 as a choreographer and toured many places in Africa, Asia, and America. With his experience as a dancer and choreographer, Arnaud Loubayi would like to introduce his perspective of the arts and traditions of Congolese dance to America.

LaKiesha Golden began studying Congolese dance in 1994 with Biza Sompa, Director of Bichini Bia Congo Dance Theater in Michigan, where she later became a core member and assistant to the Director. She was also a core member for six consecutive year (until 2006) of Fua Dia Congo, directed by the late Malonga Casquelourd in Oakland, CA. Ms. Golden is the Manager and Coordinator for the Congolese Dance and Drum Festival: BIAMVU BIA KONGO , held consecutively 2006-2009, October 2013. She performs with Haitian dance performing companies, Rara Tou Limen, directed by Portsha Jefferson, and El Wah Movement, directed by Colette Eloi, both in Oakland, CA. Ms. Golden is an Artist in Residence for Dimensions Dance Theater, teaching dance in Oakland Public Schools since 2004. She also teaches workshops, private classes, and organizes arts events in an effort to preserve the cultural arts.

View Artist Plug No1: Jean-Claude Biza Sompa at:

 View Artist Plug No2: Haiti and Peru at:

See full BIAMVU BIA KONGO Schedule at:


1 Week Countdown to Pre-Registration and Artist Plug no2

Originally Posted September 27, 2013
1 Week Countdown to Pre-Registration Deadline and Artist Plug no2

The CONGOLESE DANCE AND DRUM FESTIVAL 2013, entitled BIAMVU BIA KONGO (Bridges of the Congo), will be held Friday, October 11th - Sunday, October 13th at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street, 3rd floor in downtown in Oakland, CA. This is a friendly reminder that we are within the One Week Countdown to Pre-Reg Deadline 10/4/13. Send your pre-registration form by OCT. 4, 2013 with 4 or more dance workshops chosen and pay $13 per workshop. View Schedule and other details at:WWW.YOUMUSTDANCE.BLOGSPOT.COM. Check out the highlighted festival artists below representing the Diaspora through the Congolese lens. Festival is going to be Hot, Hot, Hot! This is a not to be missed event!

CDDF 2013 Artist Plug no2 (PERU and HAITI):

JAVIER GORDILLO BARRERA, direct from Lima, Peru! Javier Barrera is a Master Dancer, Choreographer and Percussionist(Cajon). He’s the director of Escencia Negra Afro Peruvian Performing Company. Javier's classes are highly requested by all who have encountered his teaching style!

LAURE FLEURENTIN: Haitian Master Dancer Laure Fleurentin can be considered as one of the most versatile Haitian Folkloric dancers of our times. Ms. Fleurentin is not only a graduate from L'ENARTS (Ecole National des Arts in Port au Prince, Haiti), but she's also a trained Ballet and Jazz dancer because of her training at the American Academy of Ballet & Arts in Delmas, Haiti. Later, she studied Haitian Folkloric dance with Armande J. Piard and Viviane Gauthier, the most respected professor of Haitian Folkloric dance traditions also called in French "La Doyenne de la danse Folklorique Haitienne". With Viviane Gauthier dance company, Laure professional career began as a dancer. Florencia Pierre "Fofo", master dancer and teacher at Viviane Gauthier's school invited Ms Fleurentin to be part of her dance company "Afoutayi JAKA". Ms Fleurentin got invitations to dance with Peniel Guerrier dance company "Tamboula", Ramses Pierre P., "ADA" (Ayiti Dance ensemble) of Emmanuel Louis, Jean Apollon and many others. Ms Fleurentin is also a trained vocalist in Haitian traditional chants, the ones that usually accompany the many Folkloric dances. Today, Ms Fleurentin has decided to work with long time friend Cassy Joseph to help expand Haitian Folkloric art and culture in the United States and the Bay Area.


CASSY JOSEPH: Cassy Joseph is an exceptional Haitian master drummer who started his training of Haitian rhythms at 12 years of age, at a Catholic church in South East Haiti with Pere Edner Desvalcin. Mr. Joseph continued developing his drumming skills in Petionville, Port au Prince with Eddy Jean, mostly learning Haitian folkloric and Rada rhythms (Yanvalou, Pas Rigol & Mahi).
Mr Joseph had the privilege to work with La Troupe Aradayo, Arawak d'Haiti, La Troupe Baleldjo d'Haiti directed by master dancer Viviane Demerville, ADA directed by Emmanuel Louis, La Compagnie ARTCHO Danse Repertoire directed by Jean-Guy Saintus, the Institute of Dance Lynn Williams Rozier, the Jean-Rene Delsoin Dance center & and the dance company CDJRD. With the later, Mr. Joseph traveled throughout the French Caribbean, Canada, China, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Today, Mr. Joseph has decided to associate himself with long time friend Laure Fleurentin to help develop the appreciation of Haitian culture in the United States, and most particularly the Bay Area.

COLETTE ELOI: Colette Eloi is a former student of Laney College having taken her first formal Haitian Dance class there with Lynn Coles. Ms.  Eloi has dedicated her life to sharing with the world the rich traditions and cultural history of her parent’s native Haiti. She is the Artistic Director of El Wah Movement Dance Theater. She has performed professionally, nationally and internationally as a dancer/singer/choreographer. She has performed with various groups including Petit Le Croix, Reconnect, Chouconne Haitian Dance Troupe-NY, Emese (Messagers of the African Diaspora), Dimensions Dance Theatre,  and Nuba. She is also a board member of the Northern California Katherine Dunham Project. She received her formal foundational dance training at UC Berkeley where she received a BA in Development Studies. She also calls the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Performing Arts, formerly the Alice Art Center, her home. She has studied many styles including; jazz, ballet, modern, Dunham Technique and many traditional and folkloric styles. She has traveled to Haiti to study dance with master teachers.  To complement her understanding of the intricacies of Haitian Dance, Colette studied Haitian drumming as well. Ms. Eloi is a celebrated artist having earned awards for her artistic endeavors including  several exemplary choreography commissions, such as the West Coast premiere of the Tim Rice and Elton John’s “Aida” for which she received an award for choreography. She was also commissioned to choreograph a piece in Tribute of Ms. Katherine Dunham with Ms. Ruth Beckford. Having done dance research in Africa and several locales in the African Diaspora, Ms. Eloi offers a thorough glimpse into the world of Haitian Folkloric Dance, emphasizing the connections that exist in African based cultural art forms. Ms. Eloi received her MFA from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco California.

View Previous Artist Plug: Jean-Claude Biza Sompa at:

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