Thanks to all of our 2019 sponsors for making these incredible events possible!

Thursday, May 16th

Heart Beat Stories

7 to 9 pm. $10 suggested donation. Rogue Valley Universalist Fellowship. 87 4th St. Ashland, OR.

Stories of “Home” from cultures throughout the world.

MC: Edward Derr

Storytellers: Karim Nagi • Sophia Blanton • Laz Ayala • Mmmingpa & The Liberation Poet Circle • Lito Ozaeta

Artists: Propolis • Karim Nagi

Friday, May 17th

Arab Rhythm Ensemble

1:30 to 3 pm. Free. Southern Oregon University Music Building.  S. Mountain Ave.  Ashland, OR.

Open to any SOU student. Open to all to watch. Free.

All drummers are welcome. Students may bring any type of Arabic or World percussion drum, as long as the instrument can make at least 2 different sounds. Mr. Nagi will teach several famous Arab rhythms. These rhythms will come from various regions of the Arab world, including Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. The students will later link the rhythms into a composition, that can be performed. This class will not only teach rhythm and style, but also how the drummers can function in a group, and create percussive songs together.

Artist: Karim Nagi

Turn It Up! Dance

8 to 11 pm.  Free. 21+ event.  ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum.  1500 E. Main St.  Ashland, OR.

Get ready to shake yourself up and let global house music move you this 21+ event! Artist: Leo Anifowose

Need a break from dancing? Take some time to explore the new Wild Music exhibit. Created for ALL ages, this exhibit expands your understanding of what makes music and explores the organic origins of musical expression the world over.

Saturday, May 18th

The Parks Performance

12 to 6 pm.  Free. Litha Park Butler Bandshell.  Winburn Way.  Ashland, OR.

7 amazing acts, spanning a wide variety global music traditions, engaging activities, delicious world food, and more! Fabulous fun for the whole family in beautiful Lithia Park.

Line Up:

•12:00 p.m. Allen Giardinelli Duo: Gypsy Jazz

•12:45 p.m. Karim Nagi: Music from cultures throughout the Arab World

•1:45 p.m. Sakumuna: A fusion of traditional and modern African musical traditions

•2:45 p.m. Maraval Road: Contemporary and traditional music from the Caribbean Islands

•3:30 p.m. Grupo Ritual Azteca Huitzilopochtli: Re-live the ancient practices of the indigenous peoples of Anáhuac

•4:30 p.m. Fyah Harp: Jamaican reggae artist

•5:15 p.m. Son de Cuba: Salsa, timba, son, merengue, cumbia, bachata, Latin jazz, etc

Pulse Session: Intercultural percussion of all types

6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Free. Thalden Pavilion.  Walker Ave.  Ashland, OR.

Percussion is a music tradition that all cultures share. Clap your hands, shake your rattle, beat your drum, beatbox, or just be present in a drum jam led by AWMF performer Karim Nagi.

Sunday, May 19th

Making Beats Workshop

12 to 3 pm.  Included in museum admission.  ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum.  1500 E Main St.  Ashland, OR.

Learn how to make your own electronic music and beats with Leo Anifowose in the DaVinci’s Garage Maker Space at ScienceWorks. Open to the whole family.

2019 Artists


At Ritual Azteca Huitzilopochtli, we relive the ancient practices of the indigenous peoples of Anáhuac.  We embrace the new and the old, recognizing both our indigenous and Christian ancestors, whom created a tradition of prayer and humility through music and dance.
“Like a poem is for words, a ritual is meant to be an experience.  The ritual becomes the past incarnated.   Today you won’t just read about Aztec culture, you will relive it.  A ritual can evoke many meanings, and a unique response for each participant.”

Karim Nagi

KARIM NAGI is an Arab musician and folk dancer. A native of Egypt and Chicago based, Karim creates an amplified & radical delivery of traditional aesthetics in Arabic and English. He has released 14 CDs, 6 DVDs and has performed on 6 continents. His passionate percussion and animated energy propels his cultural message.

Maraval Road

Maraval Road is Southern Oregon’s premier steel pan band performing contemporary and traditional music from steel pan’s Trinidad roots and the surrounding Caribbean Islands.  Currently under the direction of Reed Bentley, Maraval Road was founded in 2013 by Tom Berich, a pioneer of steel pan music in the United States, and has since been bringing the festive and energetic music of Trinidad to the Rogue Valley.

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Son de Cuba

Created by musicians from Cuba, the USA, Chile, and Mexico, Son de Cuba has a music repertoire rich in salsa, timba, son, merengue, cumbia, bachata, latin jazz, etc. Band members include: band leader/vocals/piano/bass piano player- Nelson Morales; lead vocals/flute- Freddy Vilches; saxaphone/flute- Ramon Brizuela; Drums- Jackson Coffee; and percussionist/vocals & band’s manager- Tony Gonzalez.

Our musical roots are steeped in latin, Africa, and jazz rhythms. We blend this vast knowledge of different beats together in classic and modern latin songs, exuding energy and happiness. Our full sound and high energy draws a crowd every time. Dancing is encouraged- we may even join you!

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SAKUMUNA means “to bless” in Kikongo—a language spoken in several countries in central Africa. This WorldMusic band is composed of musicians with diverse cultural backgrounds. Their music is a fusion of various traditional and modern African genres from different parts of Africa with Funk grooves, Reggae roots, Soul, Afro-Cuban beats, and House music elements. Mainly inspired by personal life experiences, their songs, which carry a message of hope, are in several languages such as French, Swahili, Kikongo, Lingala, and English as well. Sakumuna’s performance is a joyful and energetic celebration that blesses the hearts and lives of their audience through their melodies, harmonies, dancing, and short story telling.


“Propolis ~ Is an all-woman Sacred Drumming ensemble under the direction of Krista Holland. The ensemble weaves together rhythms both ancient and modern into a tapestry of creative, healing vibration. The drummers come together in rhythm not as a performance but as a means to create living artistry and rhythmic ceremony.  The Sacred Drum is a worldwide cross-cultural phenomenon with a vast and wide history of usage in ritual, rites of passage, community connection, interpersonal bonding, and personal healing.”  Learn more at

Allen Giardinelli

Allen Giardinelli has been playing music for 3 decades throughout 35 countries. Today Al has melded an interest in gypsy jazz, particularly the music of Django Reinhardt, with his lifelong love of Mississippi Delta blues to develop a unique style of his own, tinged with rock and Americana influences. He is an accomplished songwriter, arranger, and composer producing albums for his fellow musicians at Cymatic Sound Studios in Bandon, Oregon, where he can also be found performing in spare moments at Angelo’s Italy. Find out more at

Fyah Harp

Fyah Harp has been blessing the stages and dancehalls throughout his life. The Harp has been sharing the stage with many reggae greats including Ken Booth, Sugsar Minott, Warrior king, Luciano, Queen Ifrica, Sizzla, Coco Tea, Yami Bolo, Capleton to name a few. From a child performing at family gatherings, community parties and for classmates, he emerged as a voice to reckon with at age 15 in the Jamaican dancehalls. In 1998 this talented singer signed with Black Shadow Records, the producers of Sean Pauls hit,(Gimme the Light) and has since released two well-received singles, One Away and No Argument. Currently, he is signed to his own independent label (Judah Empire Records).