Appreciating Dr. “Papa” Zakarya Diouf
Faisal Zedan is an Arabic music teacher and performer from Syria. He has been residing in the bay area since 2005, teaching and performing different genres of music from the Arab world and the Middle East. He plays the traditional drums; Derbakki, Riqq and frame drums.
Nicole Maria is a multi-award-winning dancer based out of Oakland, California. She has been studying, teaching, and performing contemporary and traditional forms of Arabic dance for over a decade. In 2019, she was a featured soloist in the prestigious San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, representing Egyptian Raqs Sharqi. Nicole teaches…
A Program Administered by ACTA
A Q+A with Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto
We are so excited to have Melody Takata join the ACTA staff as Program Manager! Melody is the founder of GenRyu Arts, a taiko and odori school in San Francisco, as well as the Festival Director of Japan Week, a summer cultural festival in San Francisco…
Two-Spirit Native American artists
Vietnamese traditional music
Native Hawaiian arts and culture
North Indian tabla music