Press Release – November 23, 2010
Contact: Andrea Olson, 541-912-3641

Kudana Marimba Presents: Dance for Africa
Shelley & Cal, Denbaya Drum and Dance, and Kudana Marimba

Where: Cozmic Pizza at 8th and Charnelton in Eugene  View Map
When: Saturday, December 4, 2010, 7:00PM
Admission: Tax-deductible suggested donation of $7-$15 at the door (sliding scale).

Performers: Once again, an outstanding lineup of entertainers has responded to Kudana Marimba’s yearly call to help support organizations that directly and effectively work to empower and uplift children and their families in Africa.

Shelley & Cal, based out of Eugene, are a married musical duo known for their uplifting rock/gospel-edges originals and classic rock/pop covers, they will also feature songs from their new Shelley & Cal CD plus their popular a’capella specialties.

Denbaya Drum and Dance, a non-profit organization based in Eugene, promotes intercultural understanding through performing arts and education. Offering affordable dance and drum classes in a variety of Afro-centric traditions, promoting local events, and maintaining a core performing company, Denbaya lives up to its West African name meaning ‘family that we serve.’

Kudana Marimba founder, Ong Kar Walen, believes Kudana is on a mission from the higher universe to spread joy and freedom from trouble. Playing ZImbabwean inspired dance tunes, sharing the oneness of music, and reminding us of the many we are working to help, Kudana’s infectious sounds will make you forget your troubles and dance.

Beneficiary organizations: Our three beneficiary organizations will set up craft and information tables for your holiday shopping pleasure and enlightenment.

Ancient Ways has worked to improve sub-standard living conditions in rural areas through sponsoring school fees and uniform costs for children; establishing a pre-school program; re-building collapsed huts; building wells, toilets and fuel efficient stoves; providing medical assistance; offering business opportunities; and creating a community fund to help with the special needs of the elderly, infants and orphans. Flexible and responsive to the needs of 500+ village people, Ancient Ways also manages to provide food to sustain families through the worst of times.

Tariro gives hope and health for Zimbabwe’s orphans through donor funded sponsorship of education. Completing a secondary school education is the single most important factor in reducing a young woman’s risk of becoming infested with HIV/AIDS. For Zimbabwean girls, education is a life-saving opportunity. Tariro’s work with orphaned girls makes this opportunity available to the most vulnerable members of Zimbabwean society.

Friends of Kenya Schools and Wildlife supports participatory community development in rural Kenyan communities. FKSW and Kenyan partner organization, Network for EcoFarming in Africa (NECOFA), work together with communities to alleviate poverty and hunger, to ensure that children receive a primary school education, and to make available health care and clean water for every community member.

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