Fua Dia Congo presents this year's performance of the popular Congolese dance theater Malaki Matanga at the Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon Street in Oakland on Saturday, May 24, 1997 at 8 p.m.
According to the production's choreographer, Malonga Casquelourd, Malaki Matanga is a full length theatrical dance production creating a collage out of central African sacred dance, mime, music and poetry based on the stories of the dances themselves and the African heritage This year's production will premiere the highly innovative Congolese dance-drumming Return To Work The Earth.
Malaki Matanga features an enviable cast of over thirty exceptional African dance-drumming professionals drawn from the past and present of Fua's illustrious performance history.
Fua Dia Congo is a renowned Oakland based non-profit performing arts company dedicated to broadening access to African cultural arts in communities across the United States.
Malaki Matanga is sponsored in part by the City of Oakland Office of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and Alameda County Arts Commission.
Malonga Casquelourd's Congolese Drum and Dance Workshops
C. K. Ladzekpo Home Page
African Music And Dance Ensemble Home Page
UC Berkeley African Music Ensemble (Music 148) Page
Foundation Course In African Dance-Drumming
Kpanlogo Song Book
Note: these pages are constantly under construction. We are always adding material about the music and culture of the Ewe and other African ethnic groups, along with related graphics, sound, and videos that you can download.