You are hereAfro-Latin Dance Party at the Peninsula College PUB December 2nd

Afro-Latin Dance Party at the Peninsula College PUB December 2nd

By kenbarnettpt - Posted on 22 November 2010

Peninsula College Pirate Union Building (PUB)
1502 East Lauridsen Boulevard
Port Angeles, WA 98362

From Kevin McCarney's email:

An Afro-Latin Dance Party at the Peninsula College PUB on Thursday, December 2, will give people the opportunity to learn some exciting dance steps and get a taste of some of the musical cultures that have greatly influenced American music.

The evening of song, dance and powerful rhythms begins at 7:00 pm and is free. Music will be provided by students from two Peninsula College Community Classes, Zorina Wolf's Whole Person Drumming course and Kevin MacCartney's Basic Conga Drumming class. Sharing the spotlight will be the popular Latin Jazz group, Tanga. Dance steps will be taught by Carol Hathaway, an experienced dance instructor, and Wolf, who has studied African rhythms for many years.

Wolf's Whole Person Drumming group will play rhythms and songs that she learned from African drumming masters, including the great Babatunde Olatunji, with whom she studied for several years. The primary drum they will use is the djembe, which is a wooden, goblet-shaped drum that comes from West Africa.

MacCartney's Basic Conga Drumming group will play rhythms that come from the Caribbean countries, including mambos, rumba, calypso, and Afro-Cuban 6/8. Jazz and funk tunes, along with a couple of holiday favorites, will be played over exotic Latin rhythms.

The Latin Jazz group, Tanga, will provide potent jazz and funk music, powered by the rhythms of the Caribbean and Brazil. Most of the members have played together for nearly 10 years. The group was featured at the recent Lavender Festival in Sequim and the Crab Festival in Port Angeles. Members include Ed Donohue (trumpet and flugelhorn), Jim Rosand (keyboards and keyboard bass) and Kevin MacCartney (sax, flute, congas, and electric wind instrument). For this performance they will be joined by Kent Keller, who is both an accomplished timbale and drum set player.

The band's name, says MacCartney, was drawn from a variety of sources. Tanga is the name of the first Latin Jazz tune ever recorded, composed by Mario Bauza in 1943 for Machito's Afro-Cuban All Stars in New York City. It is also the name of the skimpy bikini bottoms worn by the beautiful women of Brazil as they stroll the sunny beaches of Rio.

For more information, contact kevinmatolypen [dot] com (Kevin MacCartney) at (360)452-8125.

Upcoming Dances