African Sun

Celebrating the Performance, Ritual and Healing Arts of the Diaspora
February 8th thru 10th, 2002

Ashamu Dance Studio
Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts
Providence Rhode Island
3 Nights of Celebration and Performances
2 Days of Workshops
The Brown University Departments of Theater, Speech and Dance, Africana Studies, Music, Rites & Reason Theater, Center for Race & Ethnicity, Third World Center and the Office of the Chaplains & Religious Life are working in collaboration to create the inaugural Africanist Weekend this coming February 8th, 9th and 10th.
The weekend will kick-off Friday evening with a reading of the play Hip-Hopcrisy followed by an opening ceremony in the Ashamu Dance Studio.
Saturday and Sunday will consist of workshops from 9:30 am until 5:30 pm followed by performances in Ashamu at 8 pm.
There will be an African Market with hand - crafted goods, fabrics, traditional instruments. African Food will be offered for sale at all performances.
    We will be joined by several wonderful groups and many exciting individuals over the course of the weekend.
  • Troupe Baden'ya (which in Bambara means we are all one family) is a Malian troupe of master artisans: dancers, musicians, singers and griots who have all come to share their traditional music and dance. Come join the family!
  • The Afro-Latin Jazz Group focuses on musical styles from Cuba, Jamaica, and Haiti that are fused with jazz, but remains open to all idioms of musical and personal creativity.
  • New Works/World Traditions is Brown's own African Dance ensemble, composed of over 30 dedicated student dancers and musicians.
  • Sacred Voices, Spiritual Leaders, Elders, Griots, Singers, Storytellers, and Traditional Musicians invite you to come celebrate with us and to share in the spirit of the diaspora.

(subject to change)
Friday, February 8
Prelude to a Celebration, 7 pm: Reading of Hip-Hopcrisy, a play by Andrea O'Neal at Rites & Reason Theater (155 Angell Street). Followed by procession to Ashamu Dance Studio Opening Ceremony.
Opening Ceremony - A Call to the Village, 8 pm Ashamu Dance Studio A call to participate and invoke sacred space with celebratory dance, singing, chanting, spoken word, live music, poetry and spiritual readings. Come join us in celebration!

Saturday, February 9
Workshops: (Locations are Ashamu, Alumni Hall, Leung)*
930am - 11am
Dance with Troupe Baden'ya
Ghanaian Drumming with Martin Obeng
Children's Dance (no cost)
1115am - 1245pm
Dance with Troupe Baden'ya
200pm - 330pm
Dance with Troupe Baden'ya
345pm - 530pm
Dance with Troupe Baden'ya
Djembe Ensemble with Issa Coulibaly
Womanist Spirituality with Sakena Young-Scaggs
Performance, 8 pm Ashamu
With: Troupe Baden'ya, New Works/World Traditions and special guests

Sunday, February 10
Workshops: (Locations are Ashamu, Alumni Hall, Leung)*
930am - 1100am
African Yoga & Sacred Text with Maya Breuer
1100am - 1230pm
Dun Dun Class
Dance with Troupe Baden'ya
Rituals and Wellness with Myron Beasley
1245pm - 215pm
Dance with Troupe Baden'ya
Advanced Djembe with Moussa Traore
Storytelling and the Power of Dreams with Words in the Wind (children & families encouraged to attend!)
230pm - 400pm
Dance with Troupe Baden'ya
Songs from Mande Folklore
400pm - 530 pm
Dance with Troupe Baden'ya
Performance, 8 pm Ashamu
With: Troupe Baden'ya, New Works/World Traditions, Afro-Latin Jazz Group and special guests

* For all dance and yoga workshop participants: Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring water and a small towel. African dance is strenuous and neither Brown University, the teachers nor sponsors assume any liability. Listen to your body!

Performers, Guest Artists
Paul Austerlitz - Brown University, Ethnomusicology
Michelle Bach-Coulibaly - Brown University, Theater, Speech and Dance
Karen Allen Baxter - Brown University, Rites & Reason Theater
Myron Beasley - Brown University, Theater, Speech and Dance, Africana Studies
Maya Breuer - Yogini, Tomaya Yoga Studios
Issa Coulibaly - Troupe Baden'ya
Seydou Coulibaly - Troupe Baden'ya
Abdoulay Diallo (Ablou) - Troupe Baden'ya
Lewis Gordon - Brown University, Director of Africana Studies
Soumayla Jigla Soumanou - Troupe Baden'ya
Mageba Keita - Troupe Baden'ya
Shata Kone - Troupe Baden'ya
Craig Love - Brown University, Dept. of Race and Ethnicity, Arapaho Nation
Martin Obeng - Brown University, Dept. of Ethnomusicology
Geneba Sacko - Troupe Baden'ya
Mamadou Sidibe - Troupe Baden'ya
Tata Singare - Troupe Baden'ya
Geneba Sisse (Balou) - Troupe Baden'ya
Melody Ruffin Ward - Rhode Island College
Elmo Terry-Morgan - Brown University, Director Rites & Reason Theater
Balla Tounkara - Troupe Baden'ya
Ibrahim Traore - Troupe Baden'ya
Maimouna Traore (Mai) - Troupe Baden'ya
Moussa Traore - Troupe Baden'ya
Frank Ward - Old Dominion University
Sakena Young-Scaggs - Brown University, Office of the Chaplain
Words in the Wind (Donna Mitchell) - Wampanoag Nation Poet and Storyteller

Registration Form
Name: __________________________
Address: ________________________
City: _________________ State: _____
Zip: _________Phone: _____________
Email: __________________________
Student: Y / N Need housing? Y / N
Which night(s)? __________________

TICKETS: (indicate number of tickets on line to left of selection, public price/student price)
___ Friday Performance, 8 pm ($10/10)
___ Saturday Performance, 8 pm ($15/10)
___ Sunday Performance, 8 pm ($15/10)
Individual Workshops:
____ (you can take up to 9 workshops)
All workshops, $15 each, $10 w/student ID
Packages (Performances & Workshops):
__ Package A - 2 Performances, any 8 Workshops, $130/90
__ Package B - 1 Performance, any 4 Workshops, $60/40
__ Package C - any 8 Workshops, $105/70
__ Package D - any 6 Workshops, $75/50
__ Package E - any 4 Workshops, $50/35
__ Package F - any 3 Workshops, $40/25
__ Package G - you choose, talk to us

Family and Group Packs available!
We accept cash and checks.
Make checks payable to Brown University.
Please send to address below, email information or bring to conference.
Performances are open to the public and will sell out.

Directions to Brown University
From the east: Follow I-195 West, exit at South Main Street (exit 2), and proceed to the traffic light at College Street (large courthouse at corner), where you will turn right. When College Street ends at Prospect Street, you will be facing the Brown campus. Ashamu is in the Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts. The entrance is off Lincoln Field, just below the Main Green.
From the west, north and south: Follow I-95 to I-195 East, exit at Downtown Providence (exit 1), and follow exit ramp along river. At second light (College Street), turn right. Proceed through the next light (South Main Street) and up hill as above.
From the northwest: Route 146 leads to I-95 and then to I-195. Then follow above North-South directions.

Providence is also served by Amtrak, Greyhound, Bonanza, and the Commuter Rail

If you would like information on hotels in the area or maps of campus, please visit:
We can help arrange limited housing (floors, couches).
Contact Information
Michelle Bach-Coulibaly
Africanist Weekend
Brown University Box 1897
Providence, RI 02912

For information on booking Troupe Baden'ya for shows, workshops, lectures
Please email

Deborah Nash at
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