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:


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