Cheza Nami Foundation, proudly presents the 11th annual Taste of Africa Festival in Livermore. Taste of Africa is a free, outdoor festival showcasing musical and dance performances by local African and African diaspora artists, art exhibits, food, African marketplace, a community art project and a kidzone with a reading corner, crafts and interactive instrument exploration. New this year will be our “Moving Together” program, bringing master African & Diaspora Artists for dance and drumming workshops
The objectives of this program are to create a space for students to affirm their racial and cultural identities, build upon their sense of personal and academic self-worth, and ground them in the Pleasanton Unified Black community.
Two days per week (Wednesdays & Thursdays)
Cheza Nami Foundation, in partnership with local Master Artist Loubayi Arnaud, and the Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center, are excited to present the 7th annual Hâ Mbongui African Dance & Drum Conference at TWDCC in Santa Cruz, California, from May 18-21, 2023, followed by the Santa Cruz installation of the Essence show, featuring the Cheza Nami ensemble and guest artists.
This Women’s history month, we celebrated the contributions of our women partner artists, Dandha da Hora from Brazil, Stella Situma from Kenya, and Mandjou Kone from Mali/Bukina Faso.
The Essence Show was a collaborative performance that explored the rich musical legacy and cultures across the African Diaspora, including Cuba, Brazil, Kenya, Congo, and several West African Cultures, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal, to name a few.