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Congolese Dance and Drum Festival 2009 

When: Thu., June 4, 6-10 p.m., Fri., June 5, 7-10 p.m., Sat., June 6, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun., June 7, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 2009
Price: $15-$20; lectures free

Haitian, Cuban, soukous, son, polyrhythmic, Brazilian, African. The three-day Congolese Drum & Dance Festival accretes forms and styles from throughout the world, using folkloric source material and making it accessible to young audiences. This year's fest begins with a lecture by Salvador-Bahia-born choreographer Isaura Oliveira, followed by a wall-to-wall lineup of drum, dance, and vocal classes. Thursday through Saturday, June 4-7, at MalongaCasquelordCenter for the Arts (1428 Alice St., Oakland).$13-$20 per workshop. YouMustDance.blogspot.com


— Rachel Swan

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