This month A.R.O.M.A. presents “Passions of Argentina” featuring the music, dance and culture of Argentina. Djs Shannon Harris and Joe Bryl along with Argentinean natives, DJs David and Abel Pardo will play Tango and South American influenced rhythms. Live Tango performances by Tango Eclectique’s Maria Alferov and Humberto Decima. Live VJ show by Galina Shevchenko, and more….
Argentine tango is a social dance and a musical genre that originated in the lower-class European immigrant districts of Buenos Aires, and moved to the rest of the world. The modern Tango has a large African influence that was shaped by the candombe ceremonies of former slaves.
Looking for some way to take full advantage of this amazing (if fleeting) weather? Anika Ellison of A.R.O.M.A. says: “Tonight’s the night, lovely people! Fashion, art, tasty global rhythms and YOU. It’s only $5, so ladies breakout those short shorts you’ve been dying to wear, fellas take some time to stretch, ’cause we’re DANCING TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A.R.O.M.A. @ Sonotheque (1444 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago)
“A Rhythmic Organic Musical Affair” Hosted by Anika Tene
DJ’s: Shannon Harris & Joe Bryl
Live percussion by Jim Bruno
Fashion show directed by Agnieszka Kulon featuring STRUT CHICAGO’s men’s collection
Digital photography exhibit featuring Robin Rios and Seth Kammueller
Video DJ performance by MFChicago
Doors open 9pm – 2am $5 Cover (Free before 11PM with RSVP) EARLY ARRIVAL IS SUGGESTED Call: (312)409-2657 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for RSVP.
NOTE: The folks at A.R.O.M.A. want you to know…. In Cameroon, the National Day is May 20th, and it indicates honor and pride. Complete Independence was not granted to a largely colonized Cameroon till 1972. The wonderful sounds of Makossa are most popular in the urban areas of Cameroon. It’s origins are from a type of Duala dance called kossa, with significant influences from jazz, ambasse bey, Latin music, highlife and rumba. While the makossa style began in the 1950’s, the first recordings were not seen until a decade later. Artists such as Eboa Lotin, Misse Ngoh and especially Manu Dibango popularized the style outside of Cameroon in the later 1960s. This month we will celebrate Cameroon Independence Day with Makossa and its other worldly influences. Cameroonian dancers from the Mabeas tribe