San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Soumu: An African Celebration of Music, Food, and Dance
Attention: the event has been rescheduled for March 20 due to weather.
If you purchased a ticket but are unable to make the new date, please just request a refund and it will be granted. Thanks for your understanding.
$12 in advance // $15 at the door
Children under 12 are half price // Children under 5 are free
Dinner will be served at 6:00. African food available, not included in ticket cost.
On Thursday, February 19, New Mountain will host Asheville's 3rd Annual Soumu, presented by Lush Life Productions and Zansa. Soumu, which is a West African term for an all encompassing party featuring music, dance, food, and art began as a fundraiser when in 2011 when Adama Dembele, a 33rd generation djembe player and Asheville favorite needed financial support to obtain his green card. The community came out in force to a sold out event at the YMI raising enough money to cover legal costs. Adama Dembele now has his permanent U.S. green card.
Paying it Forward
A portion of the proceeds raised at Soumu 2015 will go to benefit Adama's family in Abobo, Ivory Coast, whose home and music center was just destroyed by the Ivory Coast government. More on that story and fundraising campaign here: http://igg.me/at/adama
An Ongoing Legacy
The tradition continues as Dembele and his band, Zansa with new special guests each year, keep up this celebration of the culture of his native home in Cote d'Ivoire.
This year, Soumu features Africa Unplugged. There will also be surprise guest performances by drummers, dancers, and musicians. Traditional African food will be available for purchase by local Chef Soce and attendees can shop in an "African Marketplace" of native wares. Also, children can create African art in our kids craft area.
3rd Annual Soumu at New Mountain
Dinner Served at 6:00pm
$12 in advance/$15 at the door
Children under 12 are half price
Children under 5 are free
Facebook Event Page: Soumu
More info about Zansa at www.zansamusic.com
About Djembeso Music and Dance Education Center
Djembeso (meaning "house of the djembe") is the namesake of the Dembele family, whose musical lineage dates back over seven centuries. This music and dance education center is a place where people can go to learn about traditional West African music. Without places like Djembeso these traditions can get lost. It also helps bring kids off the streets to learn about their rich culture and history. Djembeso also welcomes adult students and international travelers, historians, musicians, and dancers. In other words, everyone is welcome!