May 2008

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UCLA ReggaeFest 2008

UCLA ReggaeFest 2008

The 22nd Annual UCLA JazzReggae Festival was held over the Memorial Day weekend. It was a “weekend of peace, love and music.” Sunday was Jam day with performances from acts such as The Roots, Immortal Technique, Tribal Jazz and Goapele. Monday was the Reggae day and featured act such as Stephen Marley, Mr. Vegas, Selena [...]

David Nieto and Charlene Rose @ Anna’s Pink Birthday Bash

David Nieto and Charlene Rose @ Anna’s Pink Birthday Bash

I just remembered that I have this video of the 2008 Mayan Salsa Champions, David Nieto and Charlene Rose, previewing their 1st place routine. It was at Anna Celestria’s Pink Birthday Bash held at Silhouette’s. This was a little over a week before the finals. It is essentially the same routine they preformed at the [...]

Aavaa: Middle Eastern Performance Group Showcase pt. 2

Aavaa: Middle Eastern Performance Group Showcase pt. 2

The final two videos from the Aavaa: Middle Eastern Performance Group Showcase performance.
The rest are here.
“Sayyajna Libnan”
Choreographers: Deema Saad & Amanda Rizkallah
Dancers: Leena Ameripour, Faisal Attrache, Walid Ismail, Elias Massoud, Amanda Rizkallah, Deema Saad Maher Abdel-Sattar
From the program: “Dabke is a traditional Lebanese group dance with historical roots in the villages of Lebanon. It is [...]

2008 Cuban Music Festival

2008 Cuban Music Festival

Yesterday I checked out the 2008 Cuban Music Festival in Echo Park. Despite the heat, it turned out to be a well supported event. Most of the RITP family was in the house, so there were a Rueda going every few minutes. The bands, food performances and all round atmosphere was great. I don’t have [...]

2008 Mayan Professional Finals

2008 Mayan Professional Finals

The finals of the Mayan Salsa Competition was this past Saturday. Earlier in the evening they had a semi-final round for the “International/Out-of-State” competitors. This made no sense to the audience (yours truly included) as all three couples that competed made it to the finals that were held an hour later. The professional division was [...]