Lavaroots to perform at the Kahilu Theatre, Oct. 19 and 20

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<p>LavaRoots dancers rehearse at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea in an undated photo. (FILE PHOTO)</p>

The Lavaroots Performing Arts multi-media dance production “Yankady, Here is Good?” will be at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. Written and directed by master drummer and dancer Fara Tolno of Guinea, West Africa, and Michal Anna Carrillo of Lavaroots Performing Arts, “Yankady, Here is Good?” is an original work based in traditional West African dance and music while celebrating the modern fusion of cultures. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, by phone at 885-6868, and online at kahilutheatre.org.

Lavaroots Performing Arts was founded by Michal Anna Carrillo in 2002 on the Big Island of Hawaii, and specializes in West African dance and drumming passed down from their many master teachers.

Lavaroots Performing Arts collaborates with The Kissidugu Foundation founded by Tolno. Both Lavaroots Performing Arts and The Kissidugu Foundation are committed to supporting cultural arts, creating community and accessing the joyful self through dance, music, and culture.

Leading up to the performance at the Kahilu Theatre, Tolno and Naby Bangoura will offer dance and drum workshops, Oct. 10-13. A special event featuring a guided drum circle and live performance by the guest artists will be on Oct.12, 7-9 p.m., at the Algood Barn in Hawi.

Lavaroots supports the creation of a sustainable school in Guinea, West Africa, The Kissidugu School of Dance, Music and Education. Through indiegogo, they are working to raise monies to purchase eight acres of oceanfront property in Guinea, which will be the home to the school. For more information and make a donation to the campaign, follow the link on the Lavaroots website at lavaroots.com, or visit kissidugu.org.

To learn more about Lavaroots projects including the upcoming show at the Kahilu Theatre, Merveilles Hawaii Dance and Drum Conference, community events, ongoing classes, and visit lavaroots.com or on Facebook. If you have any questions or would like to get more involved please email merveilleshawaii@gmail.com, or call 987-4243.