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Democratoz lays down hard-grooving reggae, rai & rock with all the ecstasy and defiance of young North Africa. Hailing from Oran, Algeria's cultural nexus, the group digs back into the city's best-loved pop form, rai, and makes dance-floor filling calls for social change in the bargain. 

"With its galvanizing set, Democratoz electrified the crowd, which had gathered en masse from the four corners of the desert to be here, much to the surprise of the local authorities, and festival organizers." (La Liberté/Algeria)

American audiences will hear the connection firsthand when Democratoz debuts in the U.S. in 2016 as part of Center StageSM, an exchange program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts. From July-December, Center Stage will bring five ensembles from Algeria and Tanzania to the U.S. for month-long tours. 

Residencies will include performances, workshops, discussions, people-to-people exchanges, and community gatherings. Keep up with Center Stage on Facebook and on Twitter and at

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Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or you may RSVP via email to with the word "Tickets" in the subject line.  Please indicate how many tickets you would like, and if you have any questions, please call 510-654-3808. 

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