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TOUBAB KREWE’S CARNAVALITO COMES TO THE PISGAH BREWING COMPANY THIS JULY

Campground and Weekend Shuttle Add To The Experience

Toubab Krewe’s CARNAVALITO, a two-day mini-fest, has been announced to take place at the Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC on Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th, 2012. The outdoor event will feature headlining sets from Toubab Krewe as well as a different roster of supporting bands and DJs each day including Donna the Buffalo, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Rayna Gellert and DJ Chalice. DJ Equal will top off both nights with indoor late night sets. A shuttle system is conveniently available to travel between a local campground and the event.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a KOA campground is located just one mile from the venue. CARNAVALITO attendees are encouraged to stay for the weekend and receive a 10% discount on tent and RV camping with the code PB. All sites come equipped with water and electricity. View the map and reserve camping spaces online through koa.com/campgrounds/asheville-east.

Shuttles will be traveling between the campground and venue as well as between downtown Asheville and the Pisgah Brewery. Look for shuttle details coming in May at pisgahbrewing.com.

Tickets are $41 (two-day admission) and $26 (one-day admission) and go on sale Tuesday, May 1st through the Pisgah Brewing Company event site (pisgahbrewing.com/events). VIP packages will also be available for $76 (two-day VIP admission) and $51 (one-day VIP admission) and include early entry to the event, a private guided brewery tour and tasting, preferred stage viewing, and more. All attendees who purchase a two-day ticket by July 1, 2012 will receive an unreleased Toubab Krewe summer EP and a Toubab Krewe beverage koozie.

CARNAVALITO is a family friendly event. Kids ages 10 and under are free with a ticketed adult. On Saturday, children of all ages will dance to the rhythms and rhymes of Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, aka “The king of kid-hop.”

Toubab Krewe will donate one dollar from every CARNAVALITO ticket purchased to Instruments for Africa, a not-for-profit organization that aims to empower underprivileged and at-risk youth in Mali through the preservation of traditional music and arts. Toubab Krewe and Instruments for Africa have launched a campaign to build the Krewe House, a music school project set to break ground in 2013. For more information, visit instruments4africa.wordpress.com.

July 13th Lineup – Gates open at 6:00 PM
Toubab Krewe
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
DJ Chalice
DJ Equal (Indoor Stage – Late Night)

July 14th Lineup – Gates open at 3:00 PM
Toubab Krewe
Donna the Buffalo
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Rayna Gellert
DJ Chalice
DJ Equal (Indoor Stage – Late Night)

For more information on Toubab Krewe, including upcoming tour dates, please visit www.toubabkrewe.com

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Rastfari Ancient Living Arts & Kultural Event (R.A.L.A.K.)

International Music and Global Education

Saturday & Sunday, September 11th & 12th, 2010

Presented by Black Mountain A.R.C. Inc.

377 Lake Eden Rd. Black Mountain, NC 28711

One-day pass starts at $50, Two Day Pass starts at $70

VIP ticketing & camping are available (see website for details and pricing)

Saturday , September 11th

noon- midnite

Artists: Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Bunny Wailer, Stephen Marley, Ras Michael, Messengahselah, Isha Blender, Chrisinti, Jahmanna, Crucial Fiya, Nyabingi [Drumming] and more tba

Sunday September 12th:

Interfaith reasonings: Hosted by Smithsonian Institute, Direct of anthrop studies

noon- 4pm, R.S.V.P. a must- Limited capacity

Activities: D.J. Sounds, Kultural Interfaith Ceremony & Reasoning, Nyabingi [Drumming], Kids Land, Crafts and much, much more!

The RASTAFARIAN ANCIENT LIVING ARTS & KULTURE EVENT (RALAK) is much more than just a Reggae Festival. RALAK brings you the Roots & Kulture of Rastafari in an open forum with local politicians, representatives from local churches and other Faiths, scholars, educators and Elders, with a special reverence given to the Native American traditions.

The event is organized by BMARC, the Black Mountain Asheville Rastafari Collective based in Black Mountain NC along with F.L.O.W. (Functions Logistics Operations Works) and Mountain Roots Management.

RALAK Fest was initiated by the group because Carlos A. Seales, a disabled American veteran and one of the ELDERS and Administrators within the Global Rastafari community, and Ras Miles Jacob Marley, a USA veteran and Elder of The Rastafarian UniverSoul Order Prison Ministry Fellowship – both residing in Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA – felt faced with the task/responsibility to address a pressing issue – and that is the Misrepresentation of the Rastafari Way of Life as an alternative life style, fashion, gang or any other societal label placed on it due to ignorance.

This annual event commemorates the Ethiopian New Year on September 11th and offers Conscious Reggae and other roots music, Natural Food and Craft Vendors, Kids Activities, Non-Profit Organizations and much more. It is an experience that will change your life. It is a bridge between the ancient past, the present and the future. RALAK is unmatched in scope as it is Reggae presented by Rastafari working to fulfill the Rastafari Creed, a mission we can all identify with: to let the hungry be fed, the naked clothed, the sick nourish, the aged protected, the infants cared for and the homeless housed.

“RALAK is intended to illustrate the Rastafari Way of Life, in its Ancient African Indigenous Tradition and as such, present the Living Ancient Culture, which We, The Rastafari People practice, safe guard (preserve) and defend with every fiber of Our spiritual and material being daily, through righteous action and behavior.” RALAK is also a fundraiser for charities in Ethiopia and in our local area. Also through the Millennium Council in Jamaica, RALAK contributes to the Elders of Rastafari. Their need is great. Even through Reggae music has spread their Gospel, they are left out of the economic equation and need support from the world community, who have come to love their culture through Reggae music.

“In the midst of the strife and turmoil which marks Africa today, the African peoples still extend the hands of friendship. But it is extended to those who desire the progress and the political and economic freedom of the African people…” – HIM Emperor Haile Sellassie I The First on International Relations

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Daytime Big Screen airing of the USA v. England game
Late night dance-party with Afromotive and Josh Blake’s Jukebox

It’s time to get excited for the worlds biggest sporting event! Come and celebrate the kickoff of the World Cup at the Lexington Ave Brewery, the LAB, in Asheville on Saturday, June 12th.  There is a full day and night planned with Funk , World Beats, and Soccer!

The folks at the Lexington Avenue Brewery are showing the first USA game (USA Vs. England) on a projector screen in their main room for the soccer community and fans in Asheville! Kick off is at 2:30pm. This year, The World Cup  is being held in South Africa. Get into the spirit with halftime and post game entertainment in by the Asheville Manding. Asheville Manding is Ryan Reardon and Adama Dembele from Afromotive along with Tasana Camara, who is a singer/kora player/balafon player from Guinea. The band is named after the Manding people of West Africa, one of the largest ethnicities and the “keepers of the flame” if you will, of traditional West African music.

The daytime event is a “suggested donation” benefit for former ABASA president and player Jack Brown and his family. Jack recently was admitted to the hospital with flu-like symptoms and ended up having a serious infection. It turned out that he had to battle a life threatening infection which resulted in the loss of his right leg. We are calling out to all soccer fans to come enjoy this game with a great crowd and atmosphere, and to donate what you can to Jack and his family as they begin to tackle a mountain of medical bills. Members of the soccer league will be taking donations at the door. There will also be a raffle following the game with some pretty sweet prizes.

The late-night dance party features music by Afromotive and Josh Blake JukeBox in the back room at the LAB. The doors open at 9pm with JBJB starting around 9:30pm. Afromotive headlines and the music will go til 2am. The cost for the show is $7.

Adama Dembele. Photo by Jon Leidel.

Afromotive:
Afromotive is creating a new wave of high energy dance music fusing West African rhythms and instrumentation with and American funk and pop sensibility for an experience that can only be described as infectious. Proudly born as a multi-ethnic crew in progressive Asheville, NC, the band has earned a formidable reputation over four years of relentless touring and festival appearances. At their core is thirty-third generation djembe player Adama Dembele from Ivory Coast, West Africa. He has performed with many prominent world acts including Oumou Sangare, Salif Keita, and Sogona Djata, to name a few. Adama’s vast knowledge of West African rhythms and intercontinental touring experience combines with his American counterparts’ hook-laden song writing and polished production for a fresh new take on the world beat genre. With positive reviews and sales of their debut full-length studio album and appearances at various national and regional festivals, including Bonnaroo, Joshua Tree Music Festival, and Echo Project, Afromotive continues to share their passion and energy with the masses.

Josh Blake

Josh Blake’s Jukebox:
On route to Jamaica in January 1997, Josh stopped in Asheville, N.C. to visit some of his friends. Soon thereafter he moved to Asheville to help establish the musical force known as GFE. A multidimensional artist, Josh’s musical understanding is based on his 16 years as guitarist and songwriter. With a travelers knowledge of our world, Josh aims to use his talents to bring unity and jubilation, to spread earth consciousness and end social injustice.

Josh Blake’s Jukebox is composed of some of Asheville’s finest musicians. The drummer Patrick Thomas and guitarist Casey Kramer are from the funky Asheville powerhouse Strut. The band also features Kyle Colclasure on bass from the local hip hop band GFE and more recently Super Collider. Affectionately dubbed “The Hot Sauce” female vocalists Carolyn Smith and Marisa Albert spice up the show with beautiful harmonies. Keyboardist Frank Mapstone from Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band and The Big Old Nasty Get Down has been known to join in on the fun. Multi-instrumentalist, Matt Williams, adds to the diverse sound of Josh Blake’s Jukebox. It is not unusual for Josh to include any number of special guests during his performances. Along with packing local venues, Josh was honored to have a song selected for the 2008 Mooged Out album, and has been chosen to play many of Asheville’s special events and festivals. With songs that range from rock to ragtime, hip-hop to funk, Josh Blake’s shows deliver what most listeners crave…great diverse music with lyrics that emphasize proper intention.

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RALAK FEST LOGO

“Strength can be achieved through UNITY, and success is the fruit of COOPERATION” –
Emperor Haile Sellassie I The First

RALAK Fest
Lake Eden Event Site
377 Lake Eden Rd
Black Mountain, NC
Sunday, September 13th, 2009

10am-9pm
$30 in Advance
(828) 669-4918
blackmountainarc@gmail.com
www.black-mountain-arc.webs.com
www.twitter.com/RALAKfest

Presented by: Black Mountain Asheville Rastafarian Collective and Mountain Roots Management.

The 1st Annual Rastafarian Ancient Living Arts and Kulture Festival (RALAK Fest), presented by the Black Mountain Asheville Rastafarian Collective (Black Mountain ARC), is to be held on September 13th, 2009 at the Lake Eden Events Site in Black Mountain, NC. RALAK is also a celebration of The Ethiopian (2002) New Year, which is actually two days before on Sept 11th. Tickets cost $30 and are available online at http://www.black-mountain-arc.webs.com.You may also purchase tickets at these outlets: Voltage Records on Lexington Ave, Harvest Records on Haywood Rd, Dynamite Coffee Roasters in Black Mountain, and at the Eagle Street Market on Eagle St. in downtown Asheville.

RALAK is an all day educational, interfaith, music and cultural event that will feature speakers from a vast majority of religious sects, local civic leaders, representatives within our community and national educators. This is a family friendly event with a kid’s village, live music, and local artisans. Ras Marley, Empress Iffiya, Congo Irice are the MC’s for RALAK and they will be welcoming the day’s events at 10am. The day will begin with spiritual blessings from various cultures as well as the United States and Ethiopian National Anthems. There will also be a moment of silence to honor oppressed peoples well as victims and casualties of all wars. Other activities include educational videos, Native American and African songs and drumming, Irish bag pipes and dance, as well as Nyahbinghi- the rallying call of Theocracy for humanity in the Divine force of truth and rights.

Speakers, including international educators, will be represented from many walks of life and faith, such as Carlo Hawk Walker (Native American Sun Dancer) and Dr. John P. Homiak (Curator of the Rastafari exhibit “Discovering Rastafari” & Director of Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian International Museum of Natural History), Queen Mother Moses, George Rose (Dejazmatch of Baltimore Maryland, legal advisor to the Rastafari cause), and Debra Kiliru-Liontree (co-director of Motherland International Relations).

Live music for the day will be Ras Michael and the Original Sons of Negus (Jamaica), Harry Mo (St. Croix), Reggae Infinity (SC) and other WNC artists such as Lyndsay Wojcik, Crystal Kind, U-N-I verse as well as many local DJs.

RALAK is also a fundraiser for the following projects in Ethiopia.

* Ejersa Goro Ethiopian Orthodox Church Roof Rehabilitation (This is in Harar where the Founder of the Organization of African Unity, HIM Haile Selassie The First was born). Donations are also for agricultural purposes there.
* A water catchment for a school serving indigenous Ethiopians in Shashemene
* Clothing and Educational Aid for an orphanage in Addis Ababa
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RALAK’s mission is to live the creed of Rastafari, “Let the hungry be fed, the naked clothed, the sick nourish, the aged protected and the infants cared for.” The vision the goes along with this is to establish outreach and educational programs, for the creed to be fulfilled.

Following this vision, the Black Mountain ARC initiated the 1st Annual Rastafarian Ancient Living Arts & Kulture Festival, to address the misrepresentation of the Rastafari Faith and to expand and establish relations amongst other faiths. The pressing issue that is being addressed by establishing the Black Mountain ARC is that the Rastafari way of life is being misrepresented as an alternative lifestyle, fashion, gang or any other societal labels placed on it due to ignorance. The Black Mountain ARC will illustrate the Rastafari Way of Life at RALAK through righteous action and behavior that is accessible to people of all faiths and walk of life.

RALAK serves as a Cultural Encounter of Faiths and People and serves to “enable the Rastafari Community here to enhance communication and establish good relationships with the greater African Diasporic Community and friends of Africa in the Western North Carolina region.” – Ras Aziz


“Do not fall into the narrowness which looks only to the borders of your nation… We must move ahead in concert with all mankind.”

“It is communications that relates and binds people together by ties of friendship”

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