January 11th, 2012 Newsletter


  • SambaFunk Special Guest Instructors Bianca Coleman and Asatu Musunama-Hall this Sunday Jan 15, 2011
  • SambaFunk Carnaval classes w/ King Theo I – Sundays in Oakland


  • “Carlos Aldama’s Life in Batá” book


  • Afrolicious Thur Jan 12, 2012 @ Elbo Room, SF, CA
  • The Funk Revival Orchestra Fri Jan 13, 2012 @ The New Parish, Oakland, CA
  • VNote Ensemble + Grupo Falso Baiano Sun Jan 16, 2012 @ Yoshi’s SF, CA
  • Martin Luther Sun Jan 16, 2012 @ Yoshi’s Oakland, CA


  • Afro-Brazilian Rhythm Workshop Coordinated by Umi Vaughan


  • Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Dolls and Masks @DeYoung Museum, SF, CA




SambaFunk! “Carnaval Explosion” with King Theo

Final Funkquarian Rehearsal Turns Into Surprise Party  ......

Final Funkquarian Rehearsal Turns Into Surprise Party ......

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

All Levels – All Ages – Men’s Samba Technique

Dance * Fitness * Culture * Community

CLICK ON THE PICTURES for our NEW photos on Facebook!

Soulful Bridges to Funky Cultures - Paris Arrival, Day 1

Soulful Bridges to Funky Cultures - Paris Arrival, Day 1


Joy for ALL - brought to u by SambaFunk!

Joy for ALL - brought to u by SambaFunk!

Final Funkquarian Rehearsal Turns Into Surprise Party  ……

Click here to see our latest video of  SambaFunk! Sundays dance class

SambaFunk! SF Carnaval Video 


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


2nd Annual End of the Year Family Potluck - Hosted by Mesphin

2nd Annual End of the Year Family Potluck - Hosted by Mesphin

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, 4-5pm
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:http://sambafunk.com/


Community Support

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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The Funk Revival Orchestra
A Special Tribute to Latin Funk!:
Carne Cruda, Hector Lugo Y La Mixta Criolla, DJ Wonway Posibul
Fri Jan 13, 2012
The New Parish
579 18th St
Oakland, CA

Founded in Oakland, California in 2008 The Funk Revival Orchestra (F.R.O.) was built for one purpose alone:…. To bring back those rare, funk and latin grooves from the late 60′s into the late 70′s that you hear sampled on all those old, classic hip hop LP’s into clubs and venues throughout the greater bay area….. The band’s line-up is a full 9 piece ensemble featuring a three piece horn section, four piece rhythm section and two lead vocalists.

For more info:



VNote Ensemble + Grupo Falso Baiano
Sun Jan 16, 2012
Yoshi’s SF

Hailed for its spirited performances and fascinating fusion of Latin and folk rhythms with adventurous jazz explorations, The VNote Ensemble (formerly The Snake Trio) gives a voice to the hidden treasure of Venezuelan music. The band, formed in 1997, is committed to raising that voice and exploring the connection between North American jazz, traditional Venezuelan songs and original musical ideas. Exquisite arrangements, unique compositions, colors and rhythms blend together to deliver a unique musical profile. The VNote Ensemble defiantly ignores musical boundaries to create a new direction that journeys the infectious rhythms of joropo and swing, gaita and soul and be-bop and calypso among many others. The VNote Ensemble is Sam Bevan, Donna Viscuso, Jackeline Rago and Lali Mejia.

For more info:


Martin Luther
Sun Jan 16, 2012
Yoshi’s Oakland
Oakland, CA

Martin Luther, also known as Martin Luther McCoy, quite simply was born to sing. Though a natural baritone, this forced second tenor voice has captured the hearts and the imagination of audiences worldwide. It’s owner, a truly gifted and highly styled musician whos studying of gospel, funk, rock and soul music at an early age set in motion what many have come to identify as the making of a Rebel Soul.

For more info:


Afro-Brazilian Rhythm Workshop:

Afoxé, Samba and Beyond!
Course Dates: July 16 to July 29, 2012
Application Deadline: May 18, 2012

Coordinated by Umi Vaughan – uvaughan@csumb.edu
Starting from a base in African-derived sacred rhythms and melodies, participants will learn and perform a range of music styles from Salvador da Bahia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Focus will be on performance technique and on understanding the role of each instrument within the full ensemble. The course is open to percussionists, string players, flutists, and vocalists. This is a game changer for anyone interested in performing Brazilian music!

For more info:




Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Dolls and Masks
Through  February 26, 2012
De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
Golden Gate Park

Ralph Eugene Meatyard (American, 1925–1972) is not one of the most familiar names in photographic history, but his impact on the field, belatedly recognized, is significant. An optician in Lexington, Kentucky, Meatyard sustained a lifelong interest in visual perception. Well read and deeply connected to a circle of poets and philosophers, he made photographs rich in literary allusion. In his last decade, Meatyard kept returning to the tropes of dolls and masks, often photographing his children posed in abandoned houses and landscapes in the environs of his home.

These pictures put an uncanny spin on family photography, exploring the contrasts between youth and age, childhood and mortality, intimacy and unknowability, sharing and hiding. Drawn from the photographer’s estate, and including three prints recently acquired by the Fine Arts Museums, this exhibition of almost 60 photographs examines dolls and masks across different bodies of work as a window onto this enigmatic photographer’s larger practice.

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