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Artists of Criola Beach Festival 2014!

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International Singers

BADOXA PRO Angola

The biography of Edgar Silva Correia better known as Badoxa Pro, born in Lagos in 1992 is descending from Cape Verdean Father and Angolan mother. Since kid he has an outstanding ability to trap music, he won his first singing championship in the Algarve in 2003. At the age of 12 the first time he saw a band playing and was amazed and could not resist asking them to play some percussion, they saw that aviation talent, since then he was playing percussion in a band Kalulu, where he began playing various styles of Music and where he developed his talent. At 14 he began playing percussion with Xico Barata Mota Lemos, together with whom he has travelled all over Portugal. With his 15 years he started with Electronics Guitar and Piano helped and advised by Great Musicians such as Xico Barata, Joaquim Brandão , Zé Manel Martins, Tuka Moura, Tuniko Goulard, Leo, Marquinho, Nuno Miguel, Marcelão, Beto Kalulu, Carlos Morais, Sebastian, Tony Mickael and many others ...Today the phenomenon Badoxa Pro is not playing - he is making magic of music production! His name has already become a reference in Angolan music in Portugal.enas vel tortor sem. Duis ut eleifend massa. Sed facilisis purus ut tellus hendrerit viverra. Sed sed lorem tincidunt nulla.

MIKA MENDES Portugal

Mika first entered the music world in 2001 when he participated in a Cape Verdean compilation course, “Aliança”. From 2002 to 2004 he participated in several albums, working with such famous recording artists as Philip Monteiro (album 'Philip Monteiro and friends (2004), trackFalta d'atencao feat. AN2 & Mickael. In 2004 he releases with Paulo Tavares the album Paulo & Mika recorded at Rotterdam, with the participatian of his father Boy Gé Mendes and his brother, Djavan Mendes, and other musicians like Johnny Fonseca, Danil Tavares and Jorge Do Rosario. In 2006 he was contacted by Nichols to record a track on the album “Marcia” by the artist of the same name. The song “N kré” was well received, which only raised his profile in the music industry. He record also a track with Jamice : Nha Princesa on the album Suave (2007). In 2008 Mika signed on to Kaysha’s Sushiraw label, where he recorded his debut album, “Mika Mendes,” released in July of that same year. Since then his career gained incredibly force and success with numerous amazing hits such as Criola, which inspired the name of Criola Production and Criola Beach Festival, So Sexy, So 1 Momento, Mágico, etc. The organization of the festival has a special honor to be able to count on the presence of Mika Mendes for the first time at the event which was named by the name of his song.

International Instructors and Performers

Antonio Bandeira & Francesca Angola

Antonio Bandeira, one of the pioneers who began teaching Kizomba in Portugal for many years when it was this dance was unknown in Europe and worldwide. Bandeira is known for his amazing style, his body control and his methodology in classes. Bandeira is the official member of the jury of the International Championship of Kizomba AfricAdançar. He has participated as an artist and teacher in numerous international events of Kizomba in Portugal and in the rest of Europe. In Spain we had pleasure of enjoying his classes at SensaulDance Madrid and Criola Beach Festival. For he first time in Criola Beach Festival 2014 Antonio Bandeira will present his work together with Francesca, his new dance partner.

Bruno Sousa & Patricia Moreira - ALC Portugal

Bruno Sousa (the younger brother of Ricardo Sousa) was the 1st winner on the international kizomba competition “Africadançar” together with Mafalda Amado in 2008. Bruno has been dancing together with Patrícia since 2009. Members of Afrolatin Connection Dance Company with a wide experience as dancers and teachers, they have performed and taught at many salsa / kizomba congresses and festivals, public and private events, nationally and internationally: in Portugal, Spain, Poland, UK, France, etc.

Elsa Oliveira Portugal

Elsa Mendes, born in Portugal, currently resides in Barcelona where she teaches various styles such as Salsa, Belly Dance, Kizomba and Kizomba Lady Style in some of the most prestigious schools of the city. Her first contact with kizomba was in Lisbon, which she fell in love with from the first moment inspired by its sensuality and connection that couples seemed to transmit while dancing. She was a finalist in the International Championship of Kizomba, Africadançar in 2009, representing Spain. Currently she is teaching Kizomba with Sergi Gómez.

Hernury Jamba & Liliana Barnó AngolaCzech Republic

Jamba began his artistic career in Elumbu, a small community theater group from Luanda, where he also worked as a Human Right activist. He moved to Prague, Czech Republic in 2001 to continue his studies in Experimental Media. He started dancing and teaching in 2002 and since then has worked with different dance groups like BaToCu, African Ballet Company and Tradicion Dance Group, where he works at the present moment as a dancer and choreographer. Jamba is the cofounder of Kizomba.CZ Dance Group and one of the main promoters of Kizomba and other Afro Latin dances in Czech Republic and Europe. Lily has always been active and devoted to her passions such as swimming, horse riding, skiing and dancing. She began her teaching career in Salsa Dance School in Prague. In 2007, she became a dancer and teacher of Tradicion Dance Group. She founded the Kizomba.CZ Dance Group with her dance partner, Jamba, in 2010 and started organizing artistic events in the whole Czech Republic and abroad. Kizomba.CZ Team in cooperation with Familia de La Salsa Dance School is one of the first and main promoters of Kizomba in Dubai.

Mafalda Amado & Alphonse Delette PortugalFrance

Mafalda was born in Porto, in 1987. She started dancing salsa in 2001, but soon enough discovered the magic ways of kizomba and semba by which she fell in love with. In 2007, Mafalda became a member of “Afrolatin Connection” group, which she was part of for three years. As she won the first international kizomba championship in the event “Africadançar” in 2008, her career boomed and many opportunities came along from then on. Next year Mafalda was awarded with the third place in the first Salsa Open competition in Portugal. Since then, she has been performing and teaching in inumerous kizomba and salsa festivals around the world, as in clubs, weddings and private parties, television shows and videoclips. She developed her own style, specializing in kizomba’s body movement, having worked with many different people.
Alphonse comes from French Guiana (in south America) and has been living in France for 13 years. He first discovered kizomba on a party in Toulouse in 2009, and was immediately seduced by its sensuality, by the connection between the dancers and by its unique way of leading. Percussionist and violinist for over 10 years, and his practice of hip hop as a teenager, are experiences that he implements in his musicality, rhythmic and dance. Alphonse started to teach Kizomba in 2011 in and around the Toulouse area. He also met Mafalda at a party in Toulouse and their complementary experiences lead today to a partnership.

Mauro & Ana Rita AngolaPortugal

Mauro, the son of the great master Petchú and his dance partner Ana Rita de Lisboa, have already been able to show the world their great talent in semba, kizomba and other African dances. As teachers of Kizomba and Semba Mauro & Ana Rita have participated in numerous international events and festivals such as Africadançar, LIKE festival, SensualDance Madrid, Criola Beach Festival, among others. Together they make part of the traditional African dance group Ballet Traditional Kilandukilu, as dancers, instructors and choreographers.

Mike Even'sFrance

Mike Even´s is well known and loved in the world of Kizomba in France; he has a particular dance style and a lot of charisma. Besides being Kizomba teacher for quite some time, Mike is also known for his great contribution in the Kizomba disclosure both in France and internationally, being an organizer of many important Kizomba events, including Paris Kizomba Swimming Festival.

Paulo Cruz & Lanna Zamora Angola

Paulo, dancer, choreographer and dance teacher of traditional African and urban Dances, as well as Angolan partner dance, since 2002. Together with Lana makes part of the traditional African dance group Ballet Traditional Kilandukilu, as a dancer, instructor and choreographer. He has participated in numerous congresses, events and shows in several countries, has performed in Morocco, Spain, Poland, Netherlands, Germany, Angola, Hungary, among others. He also participated in various music videos Angolan artists (Bonga, Dog Murras, Yuri da Cunha and Maya Cool) and several TV programs. Lana Zamora, just like Paulo, is Kilandukilu Traditional Ballet dancer and participant of Weza African dance group, along with Paulo has managed to conquer the audience with their energy and style.

Tomás Queita Guinea Blissau

Tomas is a teacher and dancer of African rhythms, one of the pioneers of Kizomba in Europe and participant in several international festivals around the world. He has over 15 years of experience as a dancer and teacher. Born in Guinea-Bissau, where from a young age was a member of Guinea National Theatre group and in the group of Patria Amada Theatre. In Portugal he has been working in various dance schools: Proyecto Latino, commercial Atneu, Espaço Latino (currently EDSAE) Danças Circle, Beleza Disco, Disco Sarabande, das Havana Docks. Participated in numerous TV programs (LIFE É BELA-TVI, RTP1, Porto Canal TV). Currently he is located in Spain, Barcelona. Tomas is Kizomba instructor of reference in Spain and works in several schools: NEW DANCE CENTER BY ADRIAN Y ANITA, BARRIO LATINO MASNOU, ESCUELA RAICES GRANOLLER, DISCO SALSACEL Badalona. Participated in radio and TV programs (radio Cero, radio Cataluña, TV canal latino).

Victor Sousa & Coralie Vives PortugalSpain

Teacher, dancer and promoter of Kizomba since 2007 , Portuguese by origin, Victor is internationally recognized for his dedication and quality of his way of teaching, focusing on the searching for harmony between technique as a tool for the expression of feeling, the connection and musical performance.

Manuel dos Santos & Flavie Merise AngolaCanada

Manuel Dos Santos, also known as Dr. Kizomba, was born and raised in Angola and has been dancing Kizomba, among other African rhythms such as Semba, Kuduro, and Rebita (known as the Angolan Rueda), since he can first remember. When he was 13 he began dancing Salsa, as well as hip-hop, Capoeira, and Latin Ballroom. He has even trained in Salsa under his mentor, Gabriel "Matanza" Mambi. His tenacious dedication to the art form has made him an outstanding, world-renowned performer. He has performed on stages worldwide including Tokyo, Japan; Milan, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Hamilton, Bermuda; and in several other American and Canadian cities. In 2010, Manuel realized one of his dreams and established a dance company in Montreal, Canada known as Kizomba Canada, the first dance school offering Kizomba lessons in North America. At Kizomba Canada, dancing is a form of expression, an art, a passion, and a lifestyle. Flavie Merise, born in Haiti, resident in Montreal, Canada, is a dance partner of Manuel Dos Santos since 2012, known for her elegant and passionate style. Flavie is a hard worker and she dedicates all of her free time to practicing, and was able to learn perfectly how to lead just as well as she can follow her partner. Manuel and Flavie teach classes together and practice their dancing every day at Kizomba Canada. Within the last year, they have performed together in Montreal, Gatineau, Quebec City, Toronto, Ottawa, London, Edmonton, Burlington, Boston, Baltimore, Milan, and are scheduled to perform in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and all over Europe. At the 2014 AfricAdancar 7th Edition of the Kizomba International Championship, Manuel and Flavie won first place in the improvisation category, and fourth place overall. They are excited to spread the cultures of Angola, Haiti, and Canada along with their love and passion for Kizomba all over the world in their future travels.

Yanis & Lara AngolaSpain

Yanis ( Carlos Soares Francisco ) : born in Angola, resident in Spain with over 10 years experience as a choreographer, teacher and professional dancer in several dance styles such as Kizomba, Semba, afro-house, traditional afro, contemporary afro, hip-hop, popular recreational kuduro etc. .. Yanis has participated in several professional musicals, dance groups and companies, traveling to various countries in Europe, Africa and America. 2005 he was the dancer of the internationally famous Angolan singer Bonga and participated in his video clip entitled "Mayorais ". In 2014 was consecrated as a champion of Spain in the style of kizomba (AfricaDançar) with Lara, his dance partner, in the same year represented Spain in the world kizomba championship AfricaDançar, thus becoming the second winners. Lara (Lara Laura De La Calle) of Spanish nationality and Afro Brazilian spirit, at 18 years of age began in what is now her profession, teacher and professional dancer of Brazilian Folklore, beginning her professional work with touring Top 40 throughout Spain, representing the Brazilian culture from the root, opening the carnival for 50,000 people with Carlinhos Brown and imparting lessons of different styles. Since 2013 Lara becoming the dance partner of Yanis in the project of kizomba, she focused her training into such styles as Kizomba, Semba, tribal, afro - contemporary and other African styles. Together they teach and perform nationally and internationally. After becoming the Spanish champions of kizomba in the national knock-out, both represented Spain in the world kizomba championship AfricAdançar in Milan 2014, where they took the second place.

Yurgan Arcanjo & Daniela Cruz Angola

Daniela is a dancer and teacher of traditional African dance, urban dance and Angolan partner dance.. Since 2009 makes part of Danças Tradicionais Angolanas, Ballet Tradicional Kilandukilu, as a dancer. With Kilandukilu group, participated in cultural events, ceremonies, presentations and festivals in several countries, has appeared in several Portuguese TV programms (Sic, Tvi, RTP, RTP Africa). As a teacher of Kizomba and Semba Daniela has participated in events and festivals such as Africadançar, LIKE festival, SensualDance Madrid 2011 and 2012, KETA festival, 4th Symposium of Portugal, among others. She was formed as African dance teacher (Kizomba and Semba) per Master Petchú. Yurgan “El Eléctrico” is a participant of Weza African dance group, along with Daniela, is known for his great energy on stage and in social dancing.

International DJ's

DJ ADON Spain

Resident in Madrid, after his early beginnings in dance, and music with piano as main instrument, started as a DJ with the Ballroom Dancing in 1998. Years later he began devoting to Latin rhythms, and in December 2009 made the leap to the world of African music, enhancing and guiding his career to Kizomba, Semba, becoming finally the first Spanish Kizomba Dj, recognized in Spain and abroad, taking part in a short time in many international congresses, such as AfricAdançar 2011-2012 (Lisbon), SensualDance Madrid 2009- 2010- 2011- 2012, LIKE Festival 2011-2012 (Lisbon), Pamplona Afrolatin Dance Congress 2012-2013, Criola Beach Festival 2011-2012-2013 (Alicante, Barcelona), Open Kizomba Spain 2012 (Madrid), Ta Fixe Kizomba Festival 2013 (Oporto), Emoçao Kizomba Festival 2013 (Paris), L.A. Zouk Congress (Los Ángeles, USA), "The Butterfly Tour" Dança MaMi (Los Ángeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Houston), Helsinki Afrolatin Flow (Finland) and many others.

DJ HUGO BOSS Spain

Born in Mozambique and raised in Portugal, music has always been his passion and spreading his work and love for music is the only thing in mind. Hugo Boss resides in London and is currently one of the most in-demand Djs in Europe because of his unique and distinctive style that can be instantly recognizable when he is on the decks. He is always looking for the next best and craziest thing to do as he is also always challenging himself while playing. He has played everywhere in the U.K and also at various international festivals, clubs and party nights across Europe.
Hugo Boss also promotes his own parties (alongside his partner, International Kizomba teacher Tania Mendonca) with much success since October 2011 with their founded company “HBT Events”, organizing events and shows with the some of the best Kizomba Artists and singers in the business.

DJ MARCO ROOKIE Portugal

His love for music started at a young age. In his teen years, Marco Rookie learned to play the guitar, having developed his technique at a music school, and improved his skills in several local bands between continuous jam sessions with his friends. Some years later, his passion for African music arose, and with it also the opportunity to premiere in EDSAE’s World Salsa Congress (Portugal) and other events. Since years he has been working for several event producers/promoters and clubs in Portugal, Spain and France. Furthermore he has played in major African music/dance festivals held in Portugal and Spain, such as Keta, Afrofever, Sensual Dance, Like, Feeling, Open Spain…He is currently Resident DJ at the Barrio Latino Club, performing every Thursday, with his own signature “Hot Kizomba Night “, considered since 2011 one of the top African music nights. His excellent track record as a DJ, is mostly due to his unbreakable urge to evolve himself professionally, through dedication and hard work, and last but not least, due to the unconditional support he receives from his friends and family – “They, as much as my music, will never be forgotten, Love you all!!!! “

DJ PAPARAZZI Spain

Resident in London, author and producer of various compositions of great success in Europe. Among his best known works are: Project Semba not Pe [2010], Album Segredos [2010], Danca Angola Project Vol.1, 2 and others. He began his career in Portugal (Lisbon) in various clubs, currently working in London in Britannia, Flash, Jet7, Bananas Bar and Nottingham, New Castle.