NAR (North African Rhythms) is a North African fusion group . . . a chaabi funk Gnawa rock Berber metal Arab reggae groove machine! Based in the Bay Area, its members hail from North Africa and Northern California. Singing in Arabic, Amazigh, French, and English, NAR mixes original compositions with Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian favorites. Songs of love and life, exile and hope, faith, and transformation come alive in NAR’s slamming live set to get dancers dancing, thinkers thinking, and groovers grooving.
The 2014 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival at Yerba Buena Gardens in downtown San Francisco runs May 4 through October 26, 2014 and presents over 90 free events including music, theater, circus, dance, poetry, festivals and children’s programs with artists from Africa, Japan, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, the Philippines, Sweden, China, Venezuela and the Bay Area. This year’s Festival features events at Jessie Square with poetry, dance workshops and salsa dancing. Yerba Buena Gardens is located between Mission Street and Howard Street and 3rd and 4th Streets in downtown San Francisco.