Bakanal de Afrique brings African diaspora performance to Oakland and SF

Immerse yourself in the underground and emerging arts of the African diaspora via Bakanal de Afrique, a multi-genre festival taking place throughout November in Oakland and San Francisco presented by the Afro Urban Society and Dance Mission Theater. This according to DATEBOOK

Bakanal de Afrique is directed by Igbo-Nigerian American performer Nkeiruka Oruche and Grammy-nominated vocalist and actor Tossie Long.

Events range from a film screening and writing session to dance workshops and parties, including a free gathering on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Oakland Museum, with live music, DJs and performance by Arnaud Loubayi of the Congolese dance company Bitezo Bia Kongo.

The marquee performance is “What Had Happened Was …, an Afro Urban Musical,” at Dance Mission on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 16-17. Melding hip-hop, dancehall, rumba, Afrobeat, video, storytelling and more, the evening-length dance-theater work traces arts and culture from Africa to America and features Regina Calloway, Thamsanqa Hlatywayo, Lydia “LydRock” Rockson and Wow Boyz.

Bakanal de Afrique at the OMCA: 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.Free. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland. www.bakanaldeafrique.com

“What Had Happened Was …”: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 16-17.$30. Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F. 415-826-4441. www.bakanaldeafrique.com

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