Monday, February 10, 2014

REPlanting Our Roots" A Black History Month Celebration of Dance, Song, Choreo-Poetry and Culture

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From: Barbea Williams []
Sent: Monday, February 10, 2014 1:07 PM
Subject: REPlanting Our Roots" A Black History Month Celebration of Dance,
Song, Choreo-Poetry and Culture

Join Barbea Williams Performing Company in welcoming home Tucson¹s Own,
celebrated vocalist Ada Redd Austin for this memorable celebration of dance,
song, choreo-poetry and culture. Barbea Williams Performing Company has
been replanting the culture of Africa for almost 40 years in Tucson and the
State of Arizona. Steadfast and real, always with dignity and integrity
staying true to the foundation laid by the legacy of African People from the
Motherland and Diaspora. Feeding off the scholarly legacies of the Djelis
and Historians to reflect the accuracy of notable events that enhanced lives
through knowledge and skills to help make life ³Mo Betta² for generations to
come. Understanding that cultural roots represent our essential substance
or nature, which embody the foundation of our programing. When we REPlant,
we reap from having ³Put Down Roots² that we draw nourishment from having
deeply and firmly established. As seen the ³Black Atlantic² The tale of
Abubakari the Malian Maritime Prince that relinquished his throne to explore
the new world and ³Behind and Beyond ­ The Door of No Return² retraces free,
enslaved and relabeled Africans trek to the western hemisphere. Both
premiered at the University of Arizona¹s School of Dance
Spring Collection Concerts. With more to come from Dunbar Dance and Art
Academy Students, Pima Community College and UA students (from Afrikana
Dance)sharing their dynamic choreography.

For many years Ada Redd Austin and Barbea Williams have worked together and
independently through Ododo Theatre, La Jinbu Dance and Drum Ensemble,
churches, schools and community. Ada¹s range of styles in Gospel/Jazz/R&B
gaveher portrayal and delivery of Billie Holiday a rich and resonant
signature in the musical documentary "Jazz Holiday" w/ The Gilbert and
Sullivan Theatre -Tucson. She was nominated Best Gospel vocalist in 1991 by
the AZ Gospel Academy Awards and has performed at many local functions,
organizations such as NAACP, Urban League, MLK celebrations, etc.
Performed with The Barbea Williams Performing Company for many years, along
with concerts for Tucson Jazz Society with her band, a renown group of
back-up musicians: Doug Martin, Luis Torrez, Greg Armstrong, Gil Rodriquez,
Tucson's Finest! She shared that performing in Harlem's ŒIt's Showtime at
the Apollo² was an awesome experience.

Friday and Saturday, February 28th & March 1st, 7:30pm AND Saturday, March
1st, 3pm Matinee, Three Shows Total at Dunbar Cultural Center, 325 W. 2nd
Street, Tucson, AZ. 85705. General Admission: Tickets: $10. - Advanced,
$12. At the door. Children under 12 years $5.-. Discounts available for
Groups of 10 or more, Seniors and Students. For your shopping pleasure the
Kuumba Market Vendors are available, Call Barbea: (520) 628-7785 and join
us on Facebook:
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