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CaptionMalonga Casquelourd of world renowned founder of Fua Dia Congo dance company the beloved godfather of African music & dance in the SF Bay Area was killed in a tragic automobile accident following his last performance at a nephew's Graduation Celebration early on Sunday June 15 2003. Casquelourd who was 55 was on his way home from a niece's graduation ceremony shortly after 2 a.m. when a Toyota 4Runner traveling the wrong way in front of 1 Lakeside Drive slammed into his 1972 Mercedes-Benz sedan. . In addition to being the loving father of seven Mr. Casquelourd was the co-founder and Director of the Congolese Workshop the first and longest running African Dance and Drumming workshop in the US. He was also a former lead dancer with the Congolese National Dance Company. He taught at Stanford University was a faculty member at San Francisco State University and taught at Oakland's Citicentre Dance Theatre. Mr. Caquelourd also served as the Artistic Director of Fua Dia Congo News of Casquelourd's death shocked the Alice Arts Center in Oakland where the international choreographer had spent half his life teaching the moves and music of his Congolese homeland. .......... Fua Dia Congo has about 25 members including Casquelourd's four children: daughters Muisi-Kongo Malonga 22 and Lungusu Malonga 19; and sons Kiazi Malonga 21 and Boueta-Mbgongo Malonga 6. "Our father gave us a strong sense of self common sense and a pride and confidence in our culture " said Muisi-Kongo Malonga. Fua Dia Congo is scheduled to perform this weekend at the Ethnic Dance Festival in San Francisco. In Congolese tradition friends and family are planning a drumming event to honor Casquelourd's passing at 6 p.m. Thursday at Alice Arts Center 1428 Alice St. Oakland. The public is invited to bring their instruments and join in. For more information please visit http://www.congorythms.org.
HeadlineMalonga Casquelourd: In Memorium at Alice Arts 6pm Thurs 19JUN
CreditSFC
SourceThe Chronicle
Object NameMALONGA001_HO.jpg
Date Created06/15/2003
Byline (Photographer)Handout
CitySan Francisco
StateCA
CountryUSA
URLhttp://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2003/06/16/BA251346.DTL&type=news
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