Wanda's Picks Radio Show August 16, 2013
Guest 2: Muisi-kongo Malonga - Oakland, CA Solo Performance, is a talented dancer, choreographer and instructor deeply rooted in the traditions of Central Africa. As one of the next generation’s foremost keepers of Congolese cultural arts forms, she has passionately sought to preserve Congolese culture through her leadership of Fua Dia Congo, a 35-year old performing arts organization. Her writing, singing, original compositions and choreography have all converged in the telling of the tale of Kimpa Vita, a 17th century Kongolese prophet and martyr. “Kimpa Vita!”, Malonga’s first solo work, is described as a chore-opera, where music and movement merge to convey the powerful story of a woman often described as the Kongolese Joan of Arc. Both choreographers are a part of CulturePulse Dancing Diaspora in San Francisco this weekend (Thursday-Sunday) and next, Byb this weekend, and Muisi-kongo next. We close with an interview with one of our favorite guests Jovelyn Richards, who will tell us about her latest Ms. Pat stories.
CounterPulse is located at 1310 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, (510) 814-8213.
Jovelyn Richards is a solo performance artist and writer, and film maker. Ms. Richards explores through text and theatrical performance, black love and intimacy. Ms. Richards is a published writer (selected publications), co- author of the novel, The Onion, which one the writer’s digest award. Raising Autumn Colored Babies, and most recent, Blue, Black and Brown Tulips for Evening. She has toured her solo performances internationally at The Merlin International Jazz Theater, and Central Eastern University. Jovelyn Richards recently performed her solo performance of ‘Sweet Baby’ at The National Black Theater Festival, in NC in October she will be performing her newest work, exploring the invention of love, in the heart of a black woman.
Music: Meklit and Quinn's "This is the Place." We also played a recording of Marcus Garvey speaking about the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). His birthday is August 17, 2013.