Badenyaa - April 21, 2011

Badenyaa introduces audiences to the songs, dances and percussion music of Cuba and Haiti and their relationship to the music of the Central African region of Congo and to the West African region of Guinea. This music is ancestral to blues, jazz and rock and roll and to many of the genres of music that are popular today. The group integrates the audience from the beginning and throughout the performance in order to create a collaborative and interactive experience. They focus on highlighting the diversity within Africa and the African Diaspora as well as the interrelations between various cultures

On Thursday, they delighted and awed the standing-room only crowd in the lovely Great Hall at Four Seasons Lodge at Koele. From the first minutes of their performance, Badenyaa's enthusiasm and bright energy had the capacity crowd of over 170 (including approximately 50 youngsters of various ages) smiling and clapping in rhythm. Utilizing an array of drums and a gorgeous African predecessor to the marimba known as a balafon, the high energy and infectious rhythms of the group's live music raised the roof on the Lodge's Great Hall. The performance, which lasted a delightful 90 minutes, featured eye-grabbing costumes, soulful, energetic dancing, wonderful storytelling and when the group brought up Lanai's young people to play various percussion instruments alongside the drummers, smiles beamed from the stage and audience alike. The show culimated with a rousing finale that had audience members from 6 to 60 happily dancing along with the troupe. As with all the UH Manoa shows, the event was free and open to all Lanai residents and Four Seasons guests. A brilliant, high-energy afternoon of music and dance from a committed, professional and delightful group who traded energy with the audience all afternoon.

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Created & produced in cooperation with the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Hawaii Friends of the Library and Four Seasons Resorts and Hotels