‘Afro-Peruvian Culture’ event at Embassy of Peru in Washington

Peruvian singer Vicky Leyva and Dr. M'bare N'gom, who is Director of both African Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies Programs at Morgan State University in BaltimorePeruvian singer Vicky Leyva and Dr. M’bare N’gom, who is Director of both African Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies Programs at Morgan State University in Baltimore

“AFRO-PERUVIAN Culture” – an event in celebration of the National African American History Month – was held at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, February 16, 2011.

THE EVENT featured a lecture with the title “The Transafrican Experience in Peru: History and Identity” by Dr. M’bare N’gom, who is Director of both African Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies Programs at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Black History Month was celebrated at an event - Black History Month was celebrated at an event – “Afro-Peruvian Culture” – at the Embassy of Peru on Wednesday evening, February 16.

MR. N’GOM’S lecture explored the black experience in Peru from colonial period to the 20th century. He discussed the contributions of blacks, Africans and Transafricans, and their protagonism in the construction of “Peruanidad,” or Peruvian national identity through their participation in different phases of the country’s history.

Renowned Peruvian singer Vicky Leyva performs. Renowned Peruvian singer Vicky Leyva performs.

THE LECTURE was followed by Afro-Peruvian rhythms with staging of the culture through music and dance, presented by renowned Peruvian singer Vicky Leyva (www.vickyleyvadelperu.com) and dance group Mamauca.

MS. LEYVA’S performance with traditional Afro-Peruvian rhythms with modern arrangements was captivating. She focuses on the elegant and lively genres of the coastal plains of Lima, and sings land? zamacueca, festejo and other music, offering a blend of Peru’s African and Spanish musical heritage.

MS. LEYVA is also the Art and Culture Director of MZO Center in Washington, D.C. – an Afro-Latino Development Center.

Dance group Mamauca performs at the Embassy of Peru.Dance group Mamauca performs at the Embassy of Peru.

MAMAUCA is an Afro Peruvian dance and music group based in Washington, D.C., created by Elena Barrueto and her children and friends.

Luis Chang, who is Head of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Embassy of Peru, and Dr. M'bare N'gomLuis Chang, who is Head of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Embassy of Peru, and Dr. M’bare N’gom

Dance group Mamauca performs at the Embassy of Peru.Dance group Mamauca performs at the Embassy of Peru.Dance group Mamauca performs at the Embassy of Peru.Dance group Mamauca performs at the Embassy of Peru.

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