"We are cultural and musical preservationists. We bring people together to honor our roots and pay homage to our ancestors through music, drum and dance.
¡WEPA! provides a foundation and shrine to experience the true meaning of tradition, joy and freedom."


Sunday, July 29, 2012

¡WEPA! + AfroTaino = AfroCaribe! The Official After Party of The BlackStar Film Festival

When the Spanish, Dutch, & British slave ships dropped anchor in the Caribbean, they weren't expecting to be responsible for building a new civilization of brown folks, as their focus was on commerce, sugar & spices, and manifest destiny. They didn't expect the Taino Indians to take the African slaves in, nor for them to establish a form of communication through percussion. They didn't expect the traditions to be handed down, nor the fusing of the bloodlines. They didn't plan to create a diaspora. As history will show, an African diaspora has been created. This legacy of African-based lifestyles & cultures passed down to us, a fresh batch of free souls born thousands of miles away from their ancestral birthland. We inherited their passion for celebration, and we are good at it! Think on this as we introduce to you a very special occasion for all of Afro-Philadelphia. What happens when you combine AfroTaino Productions' talents with the festive grooviness of the infamous ¡WEPA!-NYC dance gatherings? You get AFRO-CARIBE - a dance party for the ancestors. ¡Wepa! 'incorporates the wide range of their culture’s musical wealth, blending Afro-Cuban, Latino Tribal, Orisha chants and straight up percussive rhythms mixed in with old salsa classics and other lovely sounds that live inside them… " Whether it's AfroBeat, House Music, or Latin Soul, DJ Antonio Ocasio (¡WEPA!-NYC, Tribal Winds) & DJ Rahsaan (AfroTaino Productions) will uplift your spirits and have you rejoicing the Diaspora all night on the dancefloor.

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