Garifuna Dance Company Amongst Bronx Cultural Groups Performing at FREE Lincoln Center Concert Celebrating Dance Traditions on SUNDAY, July 24th 2016

 

New York, NY: The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York are among four Dance companies taking part in a special concert at Lincoln Center on SUNDAY, July 24th 2016.  This FREE Concert is scheduled to begin at 1pm.

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Entitled HERITAGE SUNDAY — Global Beat of the Bronx: From Bambara to Breakbeats, and presented in association with The Center for Traditional Music and Dance and the Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage, Lincoln Center is this year highlighting Traditional Dance as expressed by cultural groups based in the Bronx.

This Heritage Sunday event is a way to spotlight the artistic contributions of various Bronx artists who are not only connected by way of community, but also through their shared traditions and culture.

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Cultural Dance Companies from the Bronx scheduled to perform include:  (I am not sure if this is the order in which the groups are performing, I am copying the order as listed by the Lincoln Center website).

 

a) Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble — West African traditions

Here is video from a performance by the Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble.  The video was uploaded in 2009.

b) Bombazo Dance Company — Afro-Puerto Rican Music and Dance

Below is a introductory video for the Bombazo Dance Company.

c) Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York — Garifuna Dance and Rhythms

Below is an introductory video for this unique dance company.

Here is video of the Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York as they prepared for their annual Garifuna Christmas Caroling in 2014.

Below is footage of The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York meeting the Lirahunu Satuye (Children of Satuye / Chatoyer) Dance Club from Belize for the first time.

d) Full Circle Souljahs — Hip-Hop Crew

Below is a Demo Reel for Full Circle Productions, the company from which Full Circle Souljahs is based.

Heritage Sunday — Global Beat of the Bronx: From Bambara to Breakbeats is part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, which this year takes place from July 20th 2016 through August 13th 2016.  This FREE annual summer music festival highlights world-class music, dance and spoken word on the plazas of Lincoln Center.   The Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival began in 1975.   Garifuna Singer Songwriter Aurelio Martinez / Aurelio Martinez performed at this Festival in 2010, and Garifuna Musician / Percussionist / Singer Bodoma performed at this Festival in 2011.

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This event will take place on SUNDAY, July 24th 2016 at Hearst Plaza on the grounds of Lincoln Center.  It is scheduled to begin at 1pm.

SUBWAY:  #1 Train to 66th St/Lincoln Center

A/B/C/D Train to Columbus Circle / 59th Street

BUSES:  The M5, M7, M10, M11, M66 and M104 bus lines all stop within one block of Lincoln Center.

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About The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York

Founded in 2009 by Honduran Garifuna Felix Gamboa Valentin and Honduran  Yeny Estrada, the Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York showcases Garifuna Dance and Music with the expressed goal of keeping Traditional Garifuna culture alive.  This Garifuna Dance Company is named after St. Vincentian Garifuna Warrior, Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer, who was killed leading resistance against the British in war in 1795.

ABOUT The Garifuna People

The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this cultural fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.

The Garifuna (then known as The Black Caribs) are noted for not only being the main source of resistance against European expansion into the Lesser Antilles over the course of over 150 years, but also being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men,  1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.  

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In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, namely the port town of Trujillo, Honduras in May 1797; the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribbean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

Finally, Garifuna People have also migrated to the United States of America where generations have settled in cities like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Boston, Miami and Boston.  Despite their mainly Spanish surnames, their culture and history are distinct from other Afro-American and Latino ethnic groups and it’s important to keep that in mind.

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Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Dance Company at Tribute To Garifuna Ancestors at Orchard Beach in the Bronx in June 2014. Photo by Milton Guity

Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Dance Company at Tribute To Garifuna Ancestors at Orchard Beach in the Bronx in June 2014. Photo by Milton Guity

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