Barranquilla Flavor is a multicultural dance program that includes different rhythms like Cumbia, Mapale, Garabato, and Salsa. This program was created to teach the community the value of the culture and keep the community educated about the different types of language and rhythm through music. The children’s program consists of age groups 8-10 and 10-14.
Champeta emerged as a musical movement in the 1970s when Colombian musicians combined the sounds of African beats, Haitian meringue, and indigenous influences. The songs are usually sung in Spanish and accompanied by percussion instruments, electric guitars, bass, and conga drums.
Reggaetón had its conception in the 1980s when Jamaican workers traveled to Panama to help build the Panama Canal and reggae was adapted to the Spanish-speaking culture. In the 1990s, the genre made its way to Puerto Rico via Jamaican immigrants
Colombian-style salsa is a type of salsa that is danced almost exclusively in the South American country of Colombia. Colombian salsa is known for its rapid and intricate footwork as well as the athletic lifts and tricks that are incorporated into their dancing.
Cumbia, just like the country of Colombia, is a blend between European, African and Indigenous cultures. Cumbia was born on Colombia’s Caribbean coast where it was originally an African courtship dance that evolved with the addition of African, European and Indigenous instruments and indigenous dance steps.
Mapalé is an Afro-Colombian style of dance that was brought over by enslaved people, and represents the fishermen after a long day of work. Its name comes from the Cathorops mapale (fish) when they are out of the water. The body movements during the dance are swiftly made to follow the beating of the drums and represent the fish out of the water (men), while the women are the sea.
The Japanese drum, or taiko, has been a part of Japanese culture and history for thousands of years. Steeped in myth and tradition, the drum has been used in many facets of Japanese life; from fields to shrines, town centers and stages - it has and continues to evolve over the centuries. Today, the Japanese drum has transformed into a vibrant art form that incorporates physicality, musicality, creativity, and community into a feast for the eyes, ears, heart, and spirit to enjoy. Today's featured performer has been studying this performance art since 2007 and hopes to inspire others to embark on their own taiko journey!
MUSICAL PERFORMANCE of MEXICAN CLASSICS
Maria Ofelia Montes
Maria was born and raised in El Salvador, She developed a love and interest for Mexican music and culture at her young age. As a child, she would sing along to Rancheras and her love for Mexican music only grew. She sang at Saint Anne's church in Manchester, New Hampshire in the 90s and has gone on to perform at multiple events, often backed by a Mariachi band since then. She has a passion for performing and wants to share the beauty of Mexican music with others.
NEPALI & HINDI CLASSICAL & FOLK MUSIC
Himalaya Heritage Performing Arts
The Himalaya Heritage Music Group performs classical, folk, and sacred music from regions of Nepal, Bhutan and India for public concerts and traditional celebrations all over New England. The highly trained musical group consists of Harimaya Adhikari on vocals and harmonium, a portable hand pumped reed organ; and Prem Sagar Khatiwada on tabla, a common South Asian double-drum instrument played using the fingertips and heels of the hands.
AFRICAN & SOUTHEAST ASIAN DANCE
Project S.T.O.R.Y. Dance Team
The Project S.T.O.R.Y. Dance Team, led by Esha Performing Arts Studio, came in second place at the 2023 New Americans Got Talent Show and are excited to perform at the Concord Multicultural Festival!
WEST AFRICAN & CELTIC BLEND MUSIC
Senie will be performing a collection of songs that represent his roots in Sierra Leone and his relation with my adoptive family that incorporates folk and Celtic rhythms and melodies, with percussive guitar, and djembe.
In The Field Irish Dancers
Longtime participants sharing one of the first immigrant groups to the US, the In the Field Irish Dancers consist of a wide range of ages and mixed heritages. They will present 3 kinds of Irish Dance with commentary on culture, the dances and humor. The group prides itself not on competition, but on dancing for the joy, discipline, and preservation of the culture, dance, and music.
NEPALI FOLK DANCING
NepaRican Dance Group
This youth dance group was created to preserve the Nepali language and culture,while helping youth enhance their social skills by participating in festivals and events presenting music, cultural attire, dance, and food.
JAZZ, R&B and NEO SOUL
Ruby’s performance will consist of a history of music by Black Americans from Jazz to Soul and include an original in the style of Neo Soul.
BRAZILIAN CARNAVAL SAMBA
Carnaval is the signature celebration of Brazil!
SambaViva is dedicated to bringing the exuberant energy of the "Greatest Show of Earth" to audiences throughout New England and beyond. Samba has its roots in West African dance and the struggle of the enslaved people brought to Brazil from that region. It is a syncopated rhythm and dance with percussion at its core. Our performance will showcase the beauty and technique of this high-energy style.
Pre-Hispanic dances with different meanings such as offerings to the deities before going to war and also to the universe and mother earth.
BOLIVIAN MUSIC & DANCING
Manases Musical Group
Group Manases performs music from the Andes, representing the Quechua culture of Bolivia. Dances and music from the Altiplano and Valleys of Bolivia.
ACHOLI TRIBAL CULTURAL DANCE
Amongst the Acholi people of northern Uganda, dance represents a fundamental part of the cultural heritage. The Acholi, a Nilotic Lwo-speaking ethnic group, live predominantly in the central region of northern Uganda, an area collectively referred to as Acholiland. Culturally, dancing has been an important part of the Acholi culture where entire communities incorporate dance as part of their rituals and celebrations. Besides the actual dancing, the clothing and other adornments such as anklet bells and beaded necklaces, plus musical instruments become an important part of the dance.
AFROBEAT & HIP HOP
Martin Toe is a dynamic American powerhouse AFROPop/ rhythm Hip-Hop artist from Southern, New Hampshire. From African roots, Martin inspires his fans to be unstoppable through a combination of raw energy and undaunted lyrics. His music promotes diversity and overcoming all obstacles, pulling from his experiences with loss, war, to bring you joy through his melodies.
Advanced Salsa routine with lifts, mixed with Afro-Cuban movements.
TRADITIONAL NEAR & MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE
Jewels of Paradise
Traditional Middle Eastern dances in authentic costuming and props such as canes and finger cymbals from these countries.
INDONESIAN TRADITIONAL DANCE
Balinese Dance, Tari Teruna Jaya (Trunajaya) is a dance that depicts the movements of a young man who comes of age, very emotional, behavior or his actions continues to approach woman's heart.
NH Burundian Drummers
In the past, the Drummers of Burundi accompanied the King on his travels, but today Burundians play drums during special events such as independent day, wedding...Drumming is one of the dances Burundians like in the country.
ARABIAN BELLY DANCE
Dance from the Middle East and North Africa that features intricate movements of the shoulders, chest, and hips.
Newari dance has its own unique music, language and cultural outfit and represents Newars, an ethnic group residing in Kathmandu City of Nepal.
HAWAIIAN HULA DANCE
Hokupa`a Hula Collective
Dance/music selections in historical order from ancient chanting and dance through contemporary times, with narration and presented in authentic costuming.
TRADITIONAL INDIAN DANCE
Each year, the Concord Multicultural features a full lineup of performances, food vendors, craft vendors, artists and activities that showcase the many cultures that are represented in our community.
It is our goal to create an engaging event that brings people together to celebrate the diverse heritages that make the Greater Concord community so enriching.
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