West African Drumming and Dance Ensemble Dembaya to Perform – Pasadena Weekendr

Ballet Dembaya, a West African drumming and dance ensemble, will perform at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge on Wednesday, June 22 for “Music in the Gardens,” featuring live music from different artists over three days this summer.

“Music in the Gardens” is from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., with another show from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

“Dembaya” means “family dance” in the Soussou language of Guinea – a tribute to their parents, elders and ancestors – in their home. The band’s West African drumming draws inspiration from the sounds of Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast and African American culture.

The show is free with admission.

On Thursday, watch Tres Souls, where beloved Los Angeles artists Rocio Mendoza, Roberto Carlos and Jesus Martinez are joined by artist friends Ray Gudino and Ismael Pineda to serenade the audience with their special renditions of “Bolero.” Tres Souls revives vintage sounds and songs from the 1940s to the 1960s, stylized during the golden age of Mexican cinema.

On Fridays, Quarteto Nuevo fuses Western classical, Eastern European folk, Latin and jazz. Winners of two South Arts Jazz Road Tours grants, the ensemble composed new movements for their Jazz Road Suite celebrating each state visited. Quarteto Nuevo travels a musical journey that begins with Erik Satie and Heitor Villa-Lobos, and takes you to Chick Corea and original compositions.

For more information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit www.descansogardens.org/event/musical-gardens-11h/?instance_id=8892.

Please note that chairs, blankets, outside food and picnics are not permitted.

The Descanso Gardens are located at 1418 Descanso Drive in La Cañada Flintridge.

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