CCCADI Celebrates SAMBA Day With Virtual Performance By DNA Urbano

November 24, 2020

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) is pleased to present as part of the ongoing Zumbi Afro Bahia Cultural Program Series a celebration of Samba.

The event takes place on December 2nd, 2020, at 7 pm with a virtual performance by the band DNA Urbano from Bahia. Samba is part philosophy, part dance, and the lifeblood of Brazilians worldwide.

DNA Urbano is tradition and modern style combined in an urban attitude. They are an international, collective musical force of roots rhythms to nourish body and soul. The band’s sound originates in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil – the country’s greatest incubator of culture.

DNA Urbano’s creativity blends Afro-Urban Zen consciousness with beats from Addis Abba to Bamako, with Reggae, Merengue, Soul and Funk influences added in perfect parts to Bahia’s rich Afro-rhythmic tradition. You are going to want to dance.

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Zumbi a multi part series celebrating Bahia and Brazil’s Black Consciousness Movement through films, discussions and musical performance curated by Dr. Ken Dossar and presented in partnership with Mandinga LLC.

Dr. Dossar is a cultural historian well-known for working for social change and community enrichment through writing, lecturing, producing, and teaching courses on Brazil and Afro-Atlantic culture.

The series will run from November 2020 through March 2021 and includes award winning documentary films on African-based spiritual traditions, healing, feminine power, violence against women, and music and dance in Bahia. Films are in Portuguese with English subtitles. All discussions are in English.

Zumbi is the name of an Afro-Brazilian cultural hero who led Palmares, a large settlement of escaped enslaved Africans, and disenfranchised native people and poor whites in Brazil’s northeast. Palmares resisted Portuguese incursions for nearly a century. The program is a celebration of Brazil’s As Vidas Negras Importam (Black Lives Matters) activities.

Zumbi of Palmares Afro-Bahia Cultural Series presented in collaboration with Mandinga LLC is supported by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Located in East Harlem, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) is a nonprofit arts, culture, education and media organization that advances cultural equity, racial and social justice for African Diaspora communities.

Each of CCCADI’s programs asserts the centrality and relevance of African, African American, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Latino culture.

Weaving together four broad categories: Learning, Expressions, Spirituality and Exchange, CCCADI carries out its mission through advocacy, public art exhibitions, public performances, educational programs, internships, fellowships, workshops, conferences, international exchange and collaborative partnerships.

This past Juneteenth, 2020, CCCADI launched the #ArtsGoBlack campaign to challenge the arts and culture field to actively address racial inequality. For more information, please visit:  

For additional information and to access virtual exhibitions and programs please visit: / /

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