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  • Monday, December 29, 2008 3:56 PM | WorldBeat Cultural Center (Administrator)
    Dec. 27th 2008



    The celebration started with a screening of “The Black Candle,” billed as the first feature documentary about Kwanzaa.

    Director M.K. Asante Jr. was on hand to discuss his movie, narrated by poet Maya Angelou.

    The screening followed by African-American dance, drumming and capoeira.

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    Foods eaten during Kwanzaa include black-eyed peas, gumbo, collard greens and corn bread. More than 200 people attended the festivities.

  • Friday, December 26, 2008 1:39 PM | WorldBeat Cultural Center (Administrator)
    The Nguzo Saba - The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa
    (The Seven Principles)

    Kwanzaa Symbol - Umoja (unity)
    Umoja (Unity)
    To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
    Kwanzaa symbol- Kujichagulia (self-determination
    Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
    To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
    Kwanzaa Symbol - Ujima (collective work and responsibility)
    Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
    To build and maintain our community together and make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and to solve them together.
    Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
    To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
    Kwanzaa symbols - Nia (purpose)
    Nia (Purpose)
    To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
    Kwanzaa symbol - Kuumba (Creativity)
    Kuumba (Creativity)
    To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
    Kwanzaa symbol - Imani (faith)
    Imani (Faith)
    To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

               ­ Maulana Karenga
  • Monday, December 22, 2008 12:15 PM | WorldBeat Cultural Center (Administrator)

    The 60 students are 2-3 years of age, and are divided into two groups for the presentation.

    kwanzaa.jpgThe children were greeted in Swahili and enthusiastically responded after being given the appropriate response. They listened attentively as Christina described the symbols, principles, history, and cultural significance in age appropriate ways. Fascinated by the colors and objects for the Kwanzaa set-up they repeated the new sounds enthusiastically as the items were displayed. All the students jumped to their feet and had great fun learning a new African dance. At the end of the Kwanzaa Celebration all participated in the final seven Harambee cheers.


    The 35 students are 1st and 2nd graders (6-8 years old)

    The children are greeted in Swahili and enthusiastically respond after beingkwanzaa set up.jpg told the appropriate Swahili word. They are fascinated and curious about the different objects Salimu passes out until each child has something. They listen attentively as Salimu calls for the name, symbol or principle of Kwanzaa set-up which gradually comes together beautifully right in front of them with each child's help. She describes and gives examples of the principles, symbols, history and cultural significance of Kwanzaa. The students echo examples from their own experience. The presentation concludes with a sung version of the seven principles-Nguzo Saba.


    Three assemblies serve 2,500 13-18 years old students

    The assemblies are named "A Festival Of Cultures". Eight of the Fallbrook High School Clubs representing different cultures including deaf/mute and ranging from Mexican Ballet Folklorico to Hip-Hop perform in front of their enthusiastic peers. WorldBeat Drummers are the sole professional group on the program, hailing from Senegal West Africa they perform a series of drum rhythms and dances to thunderous applause and shouts - that have the students running to the performance area in droves when invited to join the artists in the dance. The drum and dance was followed by words of encouragement and social guidance by Makeda Cheatom, Executive Director, WorldBeat Center and Radio personality on 102.5 FM, 106.1 FM, Biggup Internet Radio, Oneworldreggae.com and weekly television show WorldBeat Live! The students attention was riveted to the stage by the drummers as well as their peers with totally appropriate behavior.

  • Thursday, December 04, 2008 2:39 PM | WorldBeat Cultural Center (Administrator)
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    WorldBeat Center has been a guest on
    Shades of San Diego
    on Channel 4 SD!

    Watch the show on these dates:

    Sunday, December 7th @ 5 pm
    Monday, December 8th @ 9 pm
    Saturday, December 13th @ 5 pm
  • Monday, December 01, 2008 2:19 PM | WorldBeat Cultural Center (Administrator)
    Dr.Kwaku.jpgWorldBeat Cultural Center has hosted the 3rd Annual Afrikan Mental Liberation Films festival curated by Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn. To reach across cultures and races, the selected screenings have offered a non-traditional view of the African culture throughout the diaspora. The films portrayed struggles, glories, daily setbacks and small victories that make up the intricate and complex fabric of the African American experience, striving for a deeper awareness of African history.
  • Monday, December 01, 2008 12:30 PM | WorldBeat Cultural Center (Administrator)

    Founded in 1978, Balboa Park December Nights is the largest free community event in San Diego, attracting more than 300,000 visitors annually. The two-day festival, Balboa Park’s holiday gift to San Diego, features free admission to museums and cultural attractions (from 5:00 to 9:00pm both evenings), international Food/Spirits, multi-cultural music and dance performances, Christmas carolers, bell-ringers, choirs and bands, along with a variety of holiday-themed areas.

    Visit WorldBeat Center!
    Event hours are:
    Friday from 5:00 to 10:00pm
    Saturday from noon to 10:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2008 1:38 PM | WorldBeat Cultural Center (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that World Beat Center has been selected for the 2008 Best of San Diego Award in the
    category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA).

  • Tuesday, November 18, 2008 12:00 PM | WorldBeat Cultural Center (Administrator)
    As WorldBeat Center's Outreach Program Grows, so do our classes!

    IMG_6166.jpgThese were great kids from a great school. They learned many things like Team Building, how to listen to the teacher, to use their audio visual skills and of course...the Beat of the drum! As well as some traditional African Songs.

    This class was taught by WorldBeat Center'sIMG_6168.jpg Master African Drum Instructor, Nana Yaw Asiedu. Our Toddlers class instructor. He is excellent with children of any age but specially children under 12.

    Special thanks to all the teachers and parents that came and supported this program!

    Look forward to next year!

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  • Wednesday, November 12, 2008 12:00 PM | WorldBeat Cultural Center (Administrator)
    This Outreach had over 75 students!

    IMG_6084.jpgWhat an outstanding group of kids, our instructors were so proud of their skills! they really had fun!!!!

    The group first learned How to work together IMG_6075.jpgbecause there is no I in Team!
    To drum and dance everyone must be on the same page and attentive to the teacher.

    The group was split in two and one half learned drumming and the other dancing.

    IMG_6081.jpgThe teachers were Makida Anderson & her son Menelik Turner.

    Thanks to Integrity Charter school for choosing WorldBeat Center!

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  • Monday, November 10, 2008 11:51 AM | WorldBeat Cultural Center (Administrator)

    San Diego Brewers Guild Festival 2008

    IMG_5928.jpgSaturday, November 8th World Beat Center hosted a Non-profit Event benefiting the World Beat Center Music Program and the San Diego Brewers Guild!

    All Beers made in San Diego County. Up to 22 San Diego County Breweries pouring beer, Live Music and free food!

    More than 1,500 people join in the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival!

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