Changodina
Welcome to ChangoDina.com

We know music forward and backward.

We offer a rich array of resources for educators, artists, and agents who seek to spread awareness of the multifaceted cultural heritage of the African diaspora.

From the sacred rhythms of Ifa to the social pulse of salsa, from educational workshops to stage performances and community events, we welcome your inquiries.

For more information, please contact us.

Our Vision
Vision

At ChangoDina, we offer a rich array of resources for educators, artists, and agents who seek to spread awareness of the multifaceted cultural heritage of the African diaspora.

We believe that children are our most important legacy, and that by educating children in shared cultural heritage, we enable them to live more creative, compassionate, and powerful lives.

Our motto - "We know music forward and backward" - recognizes the creative flow of artistry from our ancestors to the present -- and back, as we visit other times and lands through music. Thus, while "diaspora" means "scattering," we create a gathering up of musical and cultural traditions.

ChangoDina also offers the contemporary music of salsa, jazz, rhythm and blues, and more.

For more information, please contact us at info@changodina.com.

Ricardo Guity, Director
Director Ricardo Guity

Born in Honduras of the Garifuna people -- descendants of Africans and Carib-Indians who resisted slavery -- Ricardo Guity moved to the United States with his family at age seven. Steeped in the rich rhythms of his culture from a young age, Ricardo excelled as a prodigy of the renowned African master drummer, Babatunde Olatunji, debuting onstage at age 10.

Ricardo also performed with his father, Justo Guity -- a saxophone player -- from a young age, honing his percussion skills while absorbing a wide array of musical genres, from the Latino styles of salsa, merengue, and cumbia, to pop, rock, reggae, and the blues.

In his twenties, Ricardo began exploring the music of his native culture, Garifuna, joining the Yurumei* band and Gatos Bravos. He later co-founded the folkloric band Wuguchu (meaning "roots" in the Garifuna language), and was a key player in developing Punta Rock, a contemporized version of Garifuna rhythms that has since gained international recognition.

In recent decades, Ricardo Guity has performed with and along side major names and groups in the music industry across genres, including Babatunde Olatunji, Youssou N'Dour, Ibrahima Camara, Kadima Tshiibangu, Wildest Dreams (African and world music); Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, Tipica 73 with El Canario, Jose Alberto, Cuco Valoy, Wilfrido Vargas, Luis Ovalle, Johnny Ventura, Danilo Perez, Tony Perez, Nachito Herrera, Sabor Tropical (Latino); Alice Stuart (blues); Pat Wright (gospel); and Michael Cline (Contemporary). Ricardo continues to record and perform with may artists and bands including Tumba, Mambo Cadillac, MangoSon, Afinque, Neuva Era, Arturo Rodriguez, Layla Angulo and others based in the Pacific Northwest, where he currently resides.

Ricardo has been honored with many music awards, individually and with groups, including the Boston Jazz Festival and the Minnesota Music Awards. Particularly meaningful was the Bicentennial Award (1997) from his native country, Honduras, for the Yurumei band, which headed up the bicentennial celebration. This major event marked the 200 years since the marooning of two slave ships at St. Vincent, which signified the birth of the Garifuna people in Honduras and Central America.

In 1995, Ricardo founded Kisum International Enterprises, LLC, an organization dedicated to promoting music of the African diaspora, with a particular focus on developing programs and opportunities for children. Kisum International is now ChangoDina Enterprises, LLC. Ricardo is currently working on a folkloric project that features the music of his people, the Garifunas, which include the African-influenced rhythms of Punta, Guanaragua, Paranda and Dugu.

* "Yurumei" means St. Vincent in the Garifuna language - the island where, in 1797, two slave ships laden with African captives were shipwrecked off the coast of Bequia. With the help of the native Carib-Indians, the Africans overpowered the crew of the Spanish ship and escaped. The mixing of the African and Carib-Indians marked the beginning of the Garifuna people and culture.

Education
Education

Imagine your students clapping out the Afro-Cuban rhythm of the clave, learning a call-and-response song, trying out hand-drum techniques, or listening to the story of the Garifuna people - Africans who escaped slavery by what some would consider divine intervention.

ChangoDina offers a wide range of options for educators, schools, and universities -- from assembly performances to interactive classroom experiences to advanced workshops. We'll work with you to create a program that serves your needs best, including the option of bilingual presentations (English/Spanish).

For grades K-12, we provide flexible options that enable teachers to fulfill Washing State's Essential Learning Academic Requirements (EALRs) in the areas of the Arts, Language Arts/Communication, Social Studies/History, and Social Studies/Geography.

For more information, contact us at info@changodina.com.

Performance
Performance

Looking for some hot salsa, Dominican merengue, Brazilian samba, or rhythm and blues?

ChangoDina offers the best of the Northwest's Latin and African-based music - traditional (including folkloric) and contemporary. We'll work with you to create a memorable event. For more information, contact us at info@changodina.com.

Artist Relations
Artist Relations

ChangoDina welcomes new artists. If you are an artist or a group that offers music, dance, or other cultural experiences related to our vision, contact us at info@changodina.com.

Resources
Resources

ChangoDina offers guidance for students, educators, and others seeking drums and related resources. For more information, please contact us at info@changodina.com.

Gallery

photo1 photo2 photo3 photo4 photo5 photo6 photo7 photo8 The group Haguchu Garinagu, featuring Garifuna singers photo10 photo11 photo12 photo13 photo14 photo15 photo16

Contact

contact us at: info@changodina.com