The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy hosted a lively inter-cultural Dia de Los Muertes (Day of the Dead) celebration last Friday evening featuring a rockin’ performance by Nippertown’s own multi-culti, activist dance party combo, Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde. The band fired up its lively fusion of Afro Caribbean, reggae, flamenco, rock and hip-hop rhythms, bringing the crowd to its feet and kept them dancing throughout the evening.
And as it turned out, their fusion was not only one of many musical rhythms, but also of many musical dances. They generously shared the stage with many guest artists, including:
13-year-old guitarist Dhani Muniz from Fairbanks, Alaska
Local silk trapeze artist Leah Penniman
Brattleboro-based flamenco dancer Nina Kunimoto
Dancer and puppeteer Rija Newell from Norway, Maine, who performed in spite of a car accident that delayed her revival
The rockin’, rollickin’ evening ended with a dance led by Rija performing and dancing with a larger-than-life puppet.
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde music video “It’s in Our Hands”
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Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde music video “Prison Break”
Concert review and photos: Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3/27/10