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Dance for a Cause: Featuring Jean-Francis Varre and Sahel – An Open International Benefit Concert

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May 27, 2016-May 27, 2016 | $35 - $95

DANCE for a CAUSE: A Class Act

A benefit concert to raise funds for the children of the Adja Penda Ba school in Nioro du Rip, Senegal. OPEN International is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to providing quality education for children in rural Senegal. The organization was founded in 2008 by Arlington resident Khady Lusby as a way to give back to her native village of Nioro, Senegal. Proceeds from this concert will go toward building a much-needed 5th grade classroom.


Jean-Francis Varre, lead singer and guitarist of SAHEL, was born to Senegalese and Cape Verdean immigrants in Washington D.C. A self-taught singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Jean-Francis often visited family in Africa and learned to perform the eclectic music he heard and loved in his youth. Inspired by his heritage and travel, he dedicated himself early in life to building bridges for all cultures through the music of the African diaspora by singing in six languages including English, Spanish, Wolof, Portuguese & French Creole; performing in various ensembles including Cuban Timba, Congolese Rumba, Mbalax, Reggae, Salsa, Samba and Zouk.

SAHEL is a Washington, DC-based band comprised of musicians from very diverse backgrounds, representing multi-cultural evolution and performing relevant genres of music from the African diaspora.

This Sahel performance promises a high-energy, global dance party experience and a magical, melodic journey from Africa, around the Caribbean, through the Americas and home to Africa again. No passport required–no boundaries. Wear your dancing shoes and come to party for a great cause!



Donate and become a part of a program that is truly helping this impoverished village’s youth and giving them the opportunity to empower themselves and strengthen their community through education. Click HERE to donate.

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