Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Time: 6-7:30 pm EDT
About the Performers
Blue Jay Bhangra
Blue Jay Bhangra is Johns Hopkins University’s one and only co-ed bhangra team! It originates in India’s northwestern region of Punjab. Based on a mix of traditional Punjabi music fused with Western styles, modern bhangra features heavy drum beats, colorful costumes, and complex formations. On the JHU campus and greater Baltimore area, we strive to promote the energy and liveliness of bhangra through various dance performances. Nationally, we represent Johns Hopkins University on a cultural level at dance competitions across the nation.
Gospel Choir at Johns Hopkins
Gospel Choir is not just a student arts group. We see it as a ministry given to us (and future members) so that we may proclaim the love of God and spread His word, in which music is used as the primary medium. The cultural performance submission is a song titled "Forever, You're My King" by Martha Munizzi (originally sung by Carlton Pearson) and through it, we are not just proclaiming our love for God, but also revering, worshiping, and praising God.
Somapa Thai Dance Company
The Somapa Thai Dance Company, based in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area has been actively giving performances, presentations, classes, and workshops since 1999. Key performers have over 30 years of performance experience, having been trained in Thailand with the most celebrated dance masters. The group has been invited to perform in many prestigious locations in the U.S. and outside the U.S (Mexico and Chile). The Somapa Thai Dance Company's mission is to preserve and promote Thai culture and arts in the Americas. Through performances and workshops, the Company hopes to encourage understanding and appreciation of the arts between people of different countries, cultures and ethnicities in the communities in which we are invited.
In this video, we are performing an original mix of the Hindi song “Pal” (from the movie “Jalebi”) and the English song “lovely” by Billie Eilish and Khalid. This performance showcases months of work done collaboratively from all across the country, and even the world.
Lan Yun Blue Orchids
Lan Yun Blue Orchids is the only traditional Chinese dance group on campus. Much like the orchid, a complex flower that is uniquely shaped, the Lan Yun Chinese Dance team seeks to promote the understanding of a rich and intricate culture through unique dance moves. Our dance is a mix of technical moves combined with the softer grace essential in classical dance. The routine is a perfect display of the demanding, refined moves often required of professional Chinese dancers, and exudes confidence, grace, and beauty.
We are performing an a cappella cover of Sunday Best, originally sung by Surfaces. We selected this song in particular because it's a reminder that even when life is unpredictable and hard, and we fall down sometimes, it will all be okay in the end. It's a beacon of hope and a reminder that there is joy on the other side of our hardship. Through this performance, we have been able to sing with our faith family and connect from our homes across the world to spread positivity and love throughout campus.
Baila! ultimately pursues re-connection with the past through the art of typical folklore and modern Latin dance. The salsa we know and love today is a beautiful mixture of traditional African dances and modern music such as jazz and the blues. To highlight this, we have incorporated dance moves once used to worship the water goddess Yemaya tied in with modern salsa. To further show the evolution and mixture of cultures in Latin music, we also have a reggaeton piece. Raggaeton's birth place was in Puerto Rico and is heavily influenced by both Reggae and Hip-Hop. We loved learning more about these pieces and we hope you love watching us perform!
Uptown Boyz advances the music of Native American powwow drumming steeped in traditional song through its intertribal repertoire while engaging new songs and voices from the powwow drum genre. The Uptown Boyz are a DC-based intertribal Native American Northern drum group that performs powwow, ceremonial, and in some cases political songs. The group is comprised of male and female singers as well as several dancers, each of whom represents different tribal nations from all over Indian country. Each member of our drum group resides in DC or the surrounding area and brings their bold powwow style of singing and dance in order to share the Native American spirit and culture.
We are Humming Jay, the one and only Korean-interest a cappella group at Johns Hopkins University! We sing and perform a diverse variety of Korean and American songs. In this video, we sing No Makeup by Zion. T who encourages his significant other to be happy with who they are, regardless of the societal pressure to always look put together.
Life of a Lotus is an autobiographical dance film that incorporates spoken word and a soundscape inspired by where I'm from. Within (2020) is a visual exploration of the relationship between within & without, inner & outer, peace & chaos, and the fine line that lies between both landscapes. How can we find peace within the chaos? How can we support each other and be vessels of transmutation?
Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.
The sisters of DXP put together this skit to show the importance of sisterhood during this stressful time. We showcase different aspects of our sisters' cultures.
JOSH is an all-women and gender non-conforming Bollywood fusion dance team. Our performance follows the stories of three Disney Villains – Ursula, Cruella De Vil, and the Evil Queen from Snow White. Each song and dance style hopes to encapsulate the aura, message, and attitude of one of the villains. This finale piece brings the three villains together in order to celebrate their success. This Bollywood-Hip-Hop fusion piece is a mix of Dhoom Machale, a Bollywood song, and Terror Squad’s Lean Back. We hope you enjoy our “Disney Villains” set! All music was mixed and compiled by Manasi Nawathe.
The Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Our performance is a video of a past stroll show our chapter participated in.
Sahel is a band that creates music of intersecting LatinX and Black Diaspora identities.
This song solo'ed by Maggie Wang ('21) and arranged by Isabella Xie ('21) is called 我的歌声里 You Exist in My Song originally performed 曲婉婷 Wanting Qu. This video and audio mixing was all done by our music director Lucy Zhang ('22) and is the first song our group got to learn with our new members from auditions.
Korean Pop Motion (KPM)
Korean Pop Motion (KPM) is the first, and only, award-winning Korean pop music dance cover group on campus. KPM seeks to promote an awareness of K-pop and by doing so, foster artistic talent and expression. For our cultural performance submission, we chose to submit our dance cover for the K-pop song Black Mamba by Aespa.
Nadine Maeva Randrianarivelo, more popularly known as Dina Maeva, is a 20-year-old Malagasy-American, independent and self-taught businesswoman, entrepreneur, manager, event & artist coordinator, and professionally trained singer and songwriter. With no prior experience or education in the music business, Dina took on the challenge of managing her own band, “BeMaeva," in the DMV and NYC areas. BeMaeva has performed all over. Dina Maeva's musical taste and skill ranges from a wide variety of genres, from classical, jazz and R&B, to world music, that depicts roots and rhythms from Madagascar, where Dina Maeva is from. Forming BeMaeva became a huge part of her story and has helped shape her into the artist she is today.
Founded in 1997, Ketzev is Johns Hopkins's only Jewish a cappella group on campus. The name Ketzev comes from the Hebrew word for rhythm. Our repertoire consists of a variety of genres, including original arrangements of American rock, Israeli pop, and American Jewish music. Since our establishment, Ketzev has participated in events such as the Kol Ha'Olam competition (Washington, DC), Perfect Pitch (Highland Park, IL), and the Philadelphia Jewish Collegiate A Cappella competition. We perform for public and private events, and continue to spread our music around Hopkins and the local Baltimore community.
Shakti is the only competitive Indian Classical Dance team at Johns Hopkins University. Since 2003, the dancers of JHU Shakti have excelled in precision, and hold dear the value of our classical Indian dance forms. As a competitive team, Shakti won Mayuri 2013 at UMD and received third place at Dhirana 2016. The team dedicates their time to the mastery of expression, hand movements, and footwork, and seeks to convey a powerful story through classical dance to all audiences. The members of Shakti each bring a variety of classical dance styles to the team and meld them into dynamic performances featuring traditional steps set to fast tempo beats, complex formations, and moving narratives.