2012 Performers and Participants

Emcee, Hana Baba
Hana Baba is a reporter and Co-Host of Crosscurrents, a daily radio newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.  
On a national level, Hana does freelance writing and reporting on ethnic communities, poverty, health, culture, religion, and the arts. 
Her radio work has appeared on various NPR programs, and PRI's The World.  Her articles have appeared on New America Media and the Sudan Tribune.  
A Sudanese-American, Hana also reports from and about Sudan and Sudanese, and is fluent in Arabic. 
Hana has moderated panel discussions on local media and journalism, broadcast on radio and television. 
She also is a bilingual English/Arabic voice-over talent,  and is the voice of the audio tour of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's permanent exhibit.

Nigerian Ceremonial Dress
(by Olayinka Bello from Earth Sciences and Loretta Ezeiffe from OCFO)

The traditional Nigerian shirt worn by men is known as "Danshiki" or "Dashiki". This traditional shirt is very long, ending a few inches above the knees. Its sleeves are elbow length. There are a variety of pattern and designs on these shirts, especially near the base of the shirt and also around the neck. Danshikis are usually paired with traditional men's pants, also known as "Sokoto". Traditional Nigerian clothing for men will be incomplete without the mention of "fila", which is the traditional cap worn by men in Nigeria. Like the scarf which the Nigerian women support, fila is an accessory, without which the traditional Nigerian men's wear is considered incomplete.
Traditional Nigerian clothing for women mainly constitutes a variety of "Kaftans", which come in different styles, prints and colors. The colors of the kaftans vary greatly, with women opting anything, right from the light earthy tones to the vibrant, striking colors such as red and violet. The prints are usually very large and consist of traditional tribal designs and symbols. Ancient Nigerians used a variety of tie and dye designs too on their clothes and is still used till date.

Middle Eastern dance with zills (finger cymbals) 
(dance performed by Christie Canaria from Life Sciences)

In Middle Eastern society, the role of oriental dance, or raqs sharqi, has long been that of a folk dance enjoyed among family and friends – men, women, and children alike -  at festive occasions. The evolution of this social dance into a performing art has benefited from influences of both the East and the West and can be tracked to the 1890s when introduced at the Columbia Exhibition in Chicago’s World Fair. Over the years, Middle Eastern dance has evolved to incorporate stylings from other world art forms, but still remains an expression of emotion and celebration. 

Ukulele Club

The Lab's Ukulele Club began as a lunchtime gathering of a few folks at JGI (click here for JGI Ukelele club at play).
This informal group was asked to play at the Lab's 2010 Open House. Since then, the club has grown to include over 50 members from many of the Lab's Divisions and Departments, on the Hill and off-site. The Ukulele Club has continued to perform at many Lab functions, such as Division picnics, retirement parties and at the first annual Lab Cultural Festival in 2011.
Some of the most rewarding performances are at local community events and assisted living facilities in the Bay Area. 
For the 2012 Cultural Festival, the Ukelele club members will be performing a wide variety of songs from different cultures and will include, "Hanalei Moon," accompanied by club member and hula dancer, Adel Serafino.
For history of the ukulele itself, visit this website or this one.

On Hawaiian Renaissance Dancers  
(hula dance performed by Adel Serafino from EHS)

Since the 1970's there has been a resurgence of interest in hula, the dance of Hawai'i. Hula dance schools (known as a “halau”) are abundant in the Bay Area and often perform to showcase their prowess in ancient and modern hula. In hula kahiko ancient h
ula, dancers move to the voice of a chanter reciting, in the Hawaiian language, stories memorized and passed down through generations of creation and genealogy, royalty, gods and goddesses, important places and events in Hawaiian history, accompanied by the percussive beat of a native drum.  Hula 'auana, modern hula, evolved in response to western influences - the arrival of American missionaries, tourists, even Hollywood - but also to the vision of King David Kalakaua (1874 - 1891) to revive and celebrate the hula in the context of a changing Hawai'i. 
In modern hula, dancers perform to songs composed in Hawaiian, English, or a combination of the two languages called hapa-haole, accompanied by musicians playing string instruments like the guitar, ukulele, bass, or steel guitar. 
Hula is alive and flourishing in the 21st century. Let's hula! 
Adel will demonstrate modern hula - 'auana by performing Hanalei Moon and I Miss you My Hawai'i, if time permits.

Shabbal, a Sudanese Dance Group

Shabbal is a dance group dedicated to the expression, appreciation and preservation of Sudanese Dance, Music and Culture.

It is open to all cultural dance enthusiasts.  The group consists of young Sudanese women and men who have been dancing together informally for a few years until the formation of Shabbal in 2009. It was then that they performed at the Celebrate Sudan Festival in Berkeley and since then have continued to share their culture at local events and for several non-profit organizations. Shabbal hopes to convey a message of diversity, peace and unity through the expression of culture. 

"The word Shabbal ("shabbaal" in Sudanese colloquial Arabic especially in northern Sudan) refers to an act of appreciation in which the female dancer will swing her head so as to wave her hair and let it slightly touch the face (or the shoulder) of a male. The male partner, himself, will have to elicit this act by showing interest with an act of courtship in which he approaches the female dancer with a raised arm and a waving hand that causes the index finger to make a crackling sound as it hit repetitively against the other fingers. This act is called (bishshair) or (tabshiir).  The word might have originally been used to refer to the lower part of a girl’s braided hair that is been ornamented with a string of colorful beads and shells (to help in waving the hair when dancing).

Tropical Tri Club Trio
(Singers: Adel Serafino from EHS, Jeff Philiber from Facilities and Christie Canaria from Life Sciences) 

Filipino Martial Arts Club
(Led by Rey Viray from Facilities)

Filipino Martial Arts is a weapons-based system that incorporates empty hand techniques as well as joint locking techniques. The vision is to create a global arena where humble-minded martial artists, who are passionate about promoting and perpetuating the Filipino martial arts, can gather or to exchange knowledge and ideas in peace. The aim is to enhance the lives of people, regardless of skill level, age, gender, national origin, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation through diligent training and the development of lasting relationships among like-minded martial artists. 
The Lab's Filipino Martial Arts Club teaches different types of Filipino martial arts which includes arnis, escrima, and kali. Employees learn how to attack and defend using sticks and hands. 
Classes are free and are held after work by appointment and Wednesdays from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm at the north side of building 90 (outside) by the ping pong tables. Additional practice times are arranged.
To be notified of future meetings, please complete this 
form or go to our website here.

Dance Club
(Salsa, East Coast Swing and Zumba dances led by Jeff Philliber and performed by club members)

The Lab's Dance Club 
mission is to provide the LBNL Community with affordable dance related activities that are educational, culturally enriching, fitness enhancing, and fun.  
The Dance Club offers ballroom / latin (partner) dancing lessons as well as exercise dance classes.  All classes are free of charge.  We also hold an annual off-site dinner/dance event as well as multiple potlucks and "dance parties" on-site.  Dance Club lessons and activities are open to all members of the LBNL community, including family and friends of LBNL staff and student workers.  
Classes are held on Mondays. 
Practices on Wednesdays.  
Zumba/aerobics class is offered on Thursdays.  Noon at Bldg. 76 Room 235.  For more information, go to our website here.