Dec 22, 2011 Newsletter


  • Caribelinq in “Life is Living Festival”-news article
  • SambaFunk Carnaval classes w/ King Theo I – Thur (SF) and Sun(OAK) (Ongoing)


  • “Carlos Aldama’s Life in Batá” book


  • Artistic San Francisco -Through January 22, 2012 @ Legion of Honor, SF, CA


  • Holiday Jazz Party Tues Dec 20, 2011 @ 7 Mile House, Brisbane, CA
  • Brazilvox Thur Dec 22, 2011 @ Cigar Bar, SF, CA
  • Little Brown Brother Thur Dec 22, 2011 @ La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA
  • Tony! Toni! Tone! Dec 23-24, 2011 @ Yoshi’s Oakland, Oakland, CA
  • The Night Before Christmas Fri Dec 23, 2011 @ Lakeside Theater, Oakland, CA
  • Jesus Diaz y su QBA Mon Dec 26, 2011 @ Yoshi’s Oakland, CA


  • Discount tickets for Stay East Bay NYE 2012 Sat Dec 31, 2011 @ Oakland Metro, Oakland, CA

CaribelinQ Events

As an invading army of 99 percenters assembled in New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and other major cities, Oakland responded by undermining the cultural status quo – and spreading the love by getting grassroots, multicultural and life-affirming with it.

A week of build-up came to beautiful fruition with Saturday’s Life is Living festival, which attracted thousands to DeFremery Park, rechristened Bobby Hutton Park in honor of the Black Panther icon. You might say an undercurrent of cultural militancy was in evidence at the festival: slogan-laden blue posters in honor of the Panthers advertised the festivities in the weeks and days leading up to the event, lending an air of consciousness and dignity to marketing efforts.

There was so much going on at Life is Living … it was almost overwhelming – with Hood Games, promoting skateboarding for kids, Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle (more on this later), a petting zoo and the large art installations by local artists – including a brilliant tribute to Hutton by Brett Cook, Youth Speaks poetry slam; beatbox/freestyle ciphers, food justice and permaculture demonstrations, a “stem-posium” and the off-the-chain live performances by Pete Escovedo, Raw G, Ryan Nicole Peters and Kev Omoaghe Akhidenor, Los Rakas and Sarai Knowledge.

Read more at oakland-local

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SambaFunk! Carnaval Explosion with King Theo

Experience Carnaval Bloco Movements, Samba, Samba Reggae, Funk Step’n

All Levels – All Ages – Men’s Samba Technique

Dance * Fitness * Culture * Community

Check out new photos on Facebook!

Oakland Artists Welcome FELA CastOakland Artists Welcome Fela Cast
Brazil Beats and BlocosBrazil, Beats & Blocos
Prince and Michael Jackson Party
Prince and Michael Jackson Party – Cultura360 View

King Theo dances onstage with FELA Queens

 Video of Theo with Fela Queens

Weekly Dance Classes:

Sunday Afternoons 4pm – 6pm
Malonga Center for the Arts
1428 Alice Street @ 14th Street
Downtown Oakland, California, USA
Studio A / 2nd Floor
$10 / LIVE Drums
bring a few extra $$$ to tip the drummers……

center: 510.238.7224


Weekly Drum Classes

Sunday Afternoons 4pm – 5pm
Malonga Center for the Arts
1428 Alice Street @ 14th Street
Downtown Oakland, California, USA
Studio b / 2nd Floor

Drummers rehearse for an hour then play for dance class from 5-6pm

Calling ALL Drummers-come and drum with the funkiest group around!

For more info:

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Carlos Aldama’s Life in Batá

By Umi Vaughan and Carlos Aldama

Carlos Aldama - Life in Bata

This title is not yet available. You may pre-order this item and it will be shipped to you when it is available.

Batá identifies both the two-headed, hourglass-shaped drum of the Yoruba people and the culture and style of drumming, singing, and dancing associated with it. This book recounts the life story of Carlos Aldama, one of the masters of the batá drum, and through that story traces the history of batá culture as it traveled from Africa to Cuba and then to the United States. For the enslaved Yoruba, batá rhythms helped sustain the religious and cultural practices of a people that had been torn from its roots. Aldama, as guardian of Afro-Cuban music and as a Santería priest, maintains the link with this tradition forged through his mentor Jesus Pérez (Oba Ilu), who was himself the connection to the preserved oral heritage of the older generation. By sharing his stories, Aldama and his student Umi Vaughan bring to light the techniques and principles of batá in all its aspects and document the tensions of maintaining a tradition between generations and worlds, old and new. The book includes rare photographs and access to downloadable audio tracks.

To purchase, go here.

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Artistic San Francisco

Through – January 22, 2012

Legion of Honor

100 34th Avenue, at Clement Street


An installation of prints, drawings, photographs and paintings from the permanent collection of the Fine Arts Museums pays tribute to the unique sites, scenery and topography of the Bay Area. This display of 30 works in the Wattis Gallery is presented in conjunction with the release of Artistic San Francisco, a museum publication featuring works of art from the mid-1800s to the present by Wayne Thiebaud, Chiura Obata, Eadweard Muybridge, David Park and Robert Bechtle, among many others.

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Holiday Jazz Party

Tues Dec 20, 2011 7PM

7 Mile House

2800 Bayshore Blvd.

Brisbane, CA

Al Molina and the Horace Silver Project with Special Guest, Jo Canion

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Thur Dec 22, 2011

Cigar Bar

850 Montgomery



Brazilvox brings Brazilian flavor to the San Franciso Bay Area with Samba, Funk, Samba Reggae, Brazilian Pop (MPB), Forro and other Brazilian styles. The seven-piece band plays a mix of original music and unique arrangements of some of Brazil’s greatest music – from Chico Buarque to Seu Jorge.

For more info:!/events/275741592463832/

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Little Brown Brother with Myrna Del Rio & Ron Quesada/Kulintronica

Thur Dec 22, 2011 8pm

La Pena Cultural Center

3105 Shattuck Ave.

Berkeley, CA

Join Jazz, Blues, and World Music fusion band Little Brown Brother along with special guests vocalist Myrna Del Rio and Kulintang / Electric Guitar fusion artist Ron Quesada at the La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley. Little Brown Brother’s CD “Soul Shadows” will be available at the show. Support Berkeley’s vibrant La Pena Cultural Center, which has a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action.

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Tony! Toni! Tone!

Dec 23-24, 2011

Yoshi’s Oakland

Oakland, CA


In 2006, D’Wayne Wiggins and Timothy Christian Riley regrouped along with their cousin, Amar Khalil (performing lead vocals) and have been touring the United States ever since, performing to sold-out audiences across the country. Tony! Toni! Toné’s much anticipated sixth album, due to be released in 2012, features collaborations with Rhymefest, Beyonce Knowles, Keyshia Cole, and Slick Rick with the Grass Roots Production Team weighing in on this sure-to-go platinum effort.

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The Night Before Christmas

Fri Dec 23, 2011

Lakeside Theater

300 Lakeside Dr

Oakland, CA

A Holiday Musical Reality show

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Jesus Diaz y su QBA

Mon Dec 26, 2011 8pm

Yoshi’s Oakland

Oakland, CA



Percussionist Jesus Diaz is widely respected and recognized by many musicians and fans for his contributions to the richness of an ever expanding Afro-Cuban musical genre worldwide. Jesus brings excellence to both his bands; Jesus Diaz y su QBA and Jesus Diaz Afro-Cuban Jazz All-Star Ensemble. His beautiful compositions and arrangements are beautiful, bold, dynamic and exciting – and will have you movin!

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NYE 2012 Stay Eastbay!!! Discount Tickets

This Must Be The Place

Oakland Metro

630 3rd Street, Jack London Sq

Oakland, CA


Remember how it used to be, back in the day, when all you wanted to do is have fun!

RE-LIVE those times at the East Bay’s hottest New Year’s Eve BASH!!!

This will be a night of libations with people from around the Bay who can appreciate the times you remember.

This Must Be the Place invites you to Re-Create those times on NYE 2012 “Stay Eastbay”. Located in the heart of the Bay, Oakland METRO offers a unique underground setting with raw and provocative décor. Complete with 2 dance floors & 2bars, Oakland METRO is definitely the place to be for NYE and with $4.00 drinks it becomes a whole lot more possible!

2 Rooms 10 DJ’s All Star DJ Line up & $4.00 drinks all night!!!!!!!!!!

In the room on the left

Mancub (Space Cowboys), Shissla (Space Cowboys), ShOOey (Space Cowboys), Deckard (Space Cowboys), Kimani (BASSYX)


On the right hosted by Larry Brite

Sake One (Local 1200), Platurn (Oakland Faders), Joe Quixx (Oakland Faders), Max Kane (4OneFunk), Tim Diesel (Local 1200)


Discount tickets available here:

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