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The African Presence in México: From Yanga to the Present: Community Opening 

When: Sat., May 9, 12-4 p.m. 2009
Price: $5-$8

Centuries of enslavement, appropriation, and cultural exchange lie behind Oakland Museum of California's new exhibit,"The African Presence in México: FromYanga to the Present," which looks at African contributions to Mexican culture in music, language, dance, and cuisine. Though few people know the history of African slaves who were brought in by way of the Middle Passage and forced to labor on plantations and in the silver industry, most will recognize the Afro-Latino roots in son music, folk dances, and even the pop song "La Bamba." On Saturday, May 9, Oakland Museum of California (1000 Oak St.) will unveil this fascinating exhibition (courtesy of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago) with music and dance performances by DiamanoCoura and Cascada de Flores, including a unique interpretation of the Mexican folk tale "The Tree and the Donkey Who Wanted to Sing." Exhibit co-curator CesáreoMoreno will present a slide show and lecture spanning four centuries of history. Noon-4 p.m., $5-$8. MuseumCa.org


— Rachel Swan

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