Shattering The Silence: Benefit for the 1st World Summit of African Descendants

July 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

At the start of the year, the United Nations pronounced 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent. In recognition of the resilience and power of African Descendants all over the world, the US International Coordinating Committee for the 1st World Summit of African Descendants is holding a benefit concert Friday July 15 at Bloombars in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC. This concert aims to raise funds for those who cannot afford the cost of travel to La Ceiba, Honduras where the summit will be held from August 18-21 2011. Some of the artists performing will be DC Casineros, a duo from African diaspora group Sahel, DC Mambo, and Vicky Leyva. Afro-Cuban painter Lazaro Batista will also showcase his art. Bloombars is at 3222 11th Street NW. The show starts at 9:00pm. Check out a quick preview above featuring DC Mambo, Lazaro Batista and Adrian Valdivia from DC Casineros. For more information check out the summit website here. Bless…

Interview with AFROCUBA’s DJ Asho

March 6, 2011 § 3 Comments

On the first anniversary of AFROCUBA, DJ Asho sat down with Afrofusion to talk about how he developed the idea for the event, and how far it has come since the first edition. On Thursday February 10 at Sutra Lounge in Washington, DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood, the event kicked off with a screening of the classic documentary Cuando Los Espiritus Bailan Mambo (When the Spirits Dance Mambo), by Marta Morena Vega. The night also included a live (and lively), very « Read the rest of this entry »

1st year Anniversary Celebration of AFROCUBA!

February 8, 2011 § 2 Comments

Ariel Fernández, alias DJ Asho

For Ariel Fernández Díaz, the promulgation of the Afro-Cuban aesthetic is not simply a glamorous enterprise. “It’s naive to me to analyze the present without reviewing the past,” he says in a recent interview. In throwing his monthly parties at Sutra Lounge in Washington, DC his goal is to celebrate the culture of Afro-Cubans “through music, documentary films, and personal interactions.” On Thursday February 10 DJ Asho, as Ariel is known, will host a special edition of AFROCUBA! to celebrate its 1st year anniversary in DC. It’s an integral part of his effort to make sure that the contributions of people of color and the oppressed in the history and culture of Cuba do not get dismissed or ignored. As such, Thursday’s edition « Read the rest of this entry »

AFROCUBA! Yo Soy, del Son a la Salsa: Special Film Screening!

November 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Question: What exactly is “Salsa?” If you do not know, think you know, or know you know, you’ll still be in for a surprise if you haven’t yet seen the documentary movie Yo Soy, del Son a la Salsa (1997). You can watch it for FREE(!) Thursday night at Sutra Lounge in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC, at a special DC edition of AFROCUBA! According to several reviews, it is the most thorough historical treatment given on film to the dance music we now call Salsa. Many practitioners continue to disagree over what exactly it is – Celia Cruz, the great Afro-Cuban singer  « Read the rest of this entry »

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