Salsa back at the Trades

Monday, 13 July 2009

Salsa fans are in for a treat when monthly classes come back to Trades Club on Sunday July 19th after a short spring break.

The classes kick off with a beginner’s class under the watchful eye of new tutors at 7pm and continue with a fun Salsa Social for all styles from 8pm.

World music legends the Black Umfolosi 5 make a welcome return on Thursday July16th with a spectacular and energetic show that continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

Black Umfolosi 5

Formed in 1982 by school friends in Bulawayo in Zimbabwe they took their name form the Umfolosi river in South Africa from which their ancestors can be traced.

The five-piece troupe still perform their famous Gumboot Dances showcasing the traditional styles and rituals of the South African mining regions.

Another Trades favourite Black Bloc are back on Friday July 17th for the second time this year after a amazing sell out show proved they are one of the best live acts in Yorkshire.

Their live show continues to evolve featuring a mix of electronica, hip-hop, dub, funk and club floor indie with some of their fans affectionately dubbing them ’Rage Against The Machine on acid.’

Black Bloc have also won an influential fan on the airwaves with the BBC’s Alan Raw saying of their session on his show Raw Talent: ‘This show’s been going for seven years so I don’t say this sort of thing lightly but that was absolutely brilliant.’

The recent conflict in Palestine deeply affected many club members so Saturday July 18th is a fundraiser to support Palestinianswho have been injured or displaced during the latest outbreak of violence in the region.

Fat Rascals provide the live music with their unique versions of ska and punk classics supported by DJ Ed Trance on the wheels of steel.

“We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Salsa classes back to the club as we felt their absence left a huge hole in our social scene and the emphasis this time round is most definitely on the joy and fun of dancing,” says Trades Club spokesperson Paul Clarke.

“Black Umfolosi 5 continue to fill venues across the globe with their upbeat celebration of African culture and once seen the Gumboot Dance in never forgotten.

“The plight of the Palestinian people after the last attack on their homes has touched our members very deeply which is why we are hosting the fundraiser to show solidarity in a very practical way.”

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Black Umfolosi 5

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