LIVING LEGACY

Past Living Traditions Festival participants will showcase their Living Legacy through telling story, incorporating music, dance, as well as food and craft.

This project engages Salt Lake City’s diverse community in showcasing a collaborative narrative on how these various communities keep their traditions and legacies alive today.

SONALI LOOMBA

Sonali Loomba believes Indian Classical Dance is like an ocean which is limitless. The deeper you dive in the more beauty you see of the form. It can take up-to several years to even call oneself a master of this art form. She also visits India often to advance in her studies of Kathak under Gurus.
Sonali offers kathak classes to the community at her dance school in Utah to ensure this art form is preserved and promoted. Kaladharaa Dance School focuses on imparting the nuances of this ancient form to others in the community as a way of passing it down to generations to come.

SALT LAKE CAPOEIRA

Mestre Jamaika found his passion for capoeira at seven years old living in Teixeira de Freitas, Bahia, Brazil. By age 15 he was traveling throughout Brazil to train and compete, under the direction of Mestre Loka of CapuraGinga, later winning three consecutive titles in the Brazilian Capoeira Confederation Championships, all before age 20.

Certified to teach under the title of “Professor” in 1997, Mestre Jamaika’s exceptional skill and explosive acrobatic talent have since placed him among the most sought-after instructors within the capoeira community, teaching, and performing at workshops and events throughout the world for the past 25 years. 

In June of 2013, Jamaika was awarded the title of “Mestre” by Mestre Amen. Mestre Jamaika continues to give workshops all over the United States and the world for other capoeira schools as well as for arts and professional dance programs. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Amanda, and plans to continue sharing  Afro-Brazilian culture and strengthen community through capoeira.

VENEZUELA CANTANDO

“Coco Garcia” was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He began his musical career at the age of 7, performing and singing with his dad Eligio Garcia a Venezuelan harpist and competing at school singing events where at age of 8 he won the best voice of his home state. He was invited to United States, Salt Lake City, Utah in 1995, by his cousin Asdrubal Garcia and Craig Miller, to play for The Living Tradition Festival in Salt Lake City, UT with their group Venezuela Cantando. He then decision to remain in United States to pursue his music career.

Since living in Salt Lake City, “Coco” Garcia has performed and toured in many States. He has performed with famous singers such as Gloria Estefan in the 2002 Winter Olympic closing ceremonies in Salt Lake City and opened for Dave Matthews Band at Olympic plaza with Mambo Jumbo Band, among many others.

Coco Garcia lends his singer talents for many local bands in Utah starting with Salsa Brava, Ritmo Caliente, Mambo Jumbo, Orquesta Latino and now his own master piece; Rumba Libre Band, where he took the next step and started to write his own music.

HAWAIIAN TRADITIONS

Maurice Keola Ohumukini is a Master Kumuhula and Master Malalaloa (craftsman) who has been teaching and dancing for over 60 years. His knowledge comes from 14 different Grand Masters and Master Kumuhula. Keola began at the age of 5. As an adult he has performed all over the country, contributing to, supporting, judging, and even competing in many Hawaiian hula competitions and Ball’s, always placing in every category he entered. 

Keola wanted to bring the Hawaiian people together in Utah.  He founded the first Hawaiian Civic Club in 1983. Perpetuating the culture is important to Keola. Keola has been an assistant teacher at the University of Utah and the Salt Lake Community College perpetuating the culture over the past 2 decades. To continue his teaching and sharing of all his knowledge, Keola started teaching Hawaiian cultural seminars. His 2 and 3 day seminars allow people from all over the nation the opportunity to learn and expand their knowledge of the Hawaiian culture. His seminars have been taught in California, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Utah. Keola focuses on protocol, lomi lomi (massage), hula, language, ‘Oli (ancient chanting), Hawaiian herbs (La’au Lapaa’u), folklore, legends and Hawaiian instrument making (malalaloa).

Keola believes in sharing his knowledge of the Hawaiian culture to anyone who has passion to learn. He believes in perpetuating the traditional ways of Hawaii, and avoids the modern changes made to the culture.

UPCOMING EPISODES

Mama Africa
Armenian Hand-Knotted Carpets
Robb “Little Owl” Martin
Malialole Polynesian Music and Dance
Bomba Marilé
Utah Punjabi Arts Academy
Mexican Day of the Dead Art

and more…