May 02

Spirit of Africa Festival!

2017 Spirit of Africa Festival

Saturday, May 13th

12-8 PM

Seattle Center

Welcome to the Spirit of Africa Festival, formerly known as the Spirit of West Africa. The festival celebrates the whole African continent and the African Diaspora. Our mission is to bring people together in peace, love, and unity. Please come enjoy traditional and contemporary music and dance from different parts of Africa, an amazing fashion show, art, food, an African Marketplace, dance workshops, children’s art activities, cooking demonstrations, and more…

PERFORMANCES AND DANCE WORKSHOP:

TIME PERFORMANCE
12:00-12:40 pm West African Dance Workshop with
Awal Alhassan & Abubakari Sheimawu

1:00-1:30 pm Mogador – Moroccan traditional music

1:35-1:50 pm Oromo Dance Group – Ethiopia

1:55-2:10 pm Yirim Seck – Senegalese Hip Hop

2:10-2:25 pm Somali Dance Group

2:25-2:55 pm Naby Camara – Traditional balafon music from
Guinea West Africa

3:00-3:10 pm Ethiopian Dance by Selam

3:15-3:45 pm Mark Lilly & Bembe Olele – Afro-Cuban

3:50-4:10 pm Thione Diop Kutiro Drumming with Adama Dabo

4:10-4:40 pm African Print Takeover Fashion Show by
Nansare Consolata

4:50-5:50 pm Obo Addy Legacy – live performance from Ghana

6:00-6:40 pm Zambuko Marimba Band – music from Zimbabwe
featuring Sheree Seretse

6:50-7:20 pm Hagucha Gariñagu – Garifuna Music & Dance
from Honduras

7:25-7:55 pm Senegalese Sabar Drumming featuring
Massamba Diop on Tama

8:00-8:30 pm L’orchestra Afrisound -Soukous Music feature
Frank Ulwenya on guitar

1:00-7:00 pm African Film and Music Videos (upstairs)

All Day:

Food by Senegambia Cooking Restaurant

African Marketplace

Children’s African Doll-Making Activity with Marita Dingus

Artist Eric Salisbury, SOA poster designer, will be present to
sign posters and display his art.

* Festival MC: Kenju Waweru

AFRICAN MARKETPLACE VENDORS:

Rise and Shine
Love i Products
Africa Mama
Out of Africa
Nana Yesman African Craft
Artisans International
Zambalha
Amandi African Artifacts
Dolo Kura African Shop
C Art Gallery
Mavisa Carvers
Senegambian Cooking Restaurant
Africatown Central District
My World Dance & Fitness Studio
BilliElePhant Designs

Official Festival T-shirts for Sale (Info Booth)

OTHER ACTIVITIES:

*Children’s African Dollmaking with Marita Dingus (upstairs)
*Poster Signing with Poster Artist Eric Salisbury
*African Films and Music Videos

Thank you for considering a donation to the Spirit of Africa Festival. We couldn’t present all this great music, dance, art and culture without you!

soaf-poster

Jul 16

Spirit of West Africa Festival 2016

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Spirit of West Africa Festival 2016

 

at Jaam Rek Studios

2000 S. Jackson Street

Seattle, WA 98144

 

Please join us this Saturday for an evening of music, dance and cultural connection! We are happy to share this unique opportunity for friendship and community in celebration of the many peoples of West Africa and the Diaspora.

 

4:00 – Doors Open with Set by DJ Marley | JAMAICA

5:00 – Sabar Drumming by Mapathe Diop & Gora Diop | SENEGAL

6:00 – Thione Diop & Yeke Yeke ft. Dora Oliveira & Maxie Jamal | SENEGAL, BRASIL, & US

7:00 – Fashion Show by Nansare Consolata & Best of Both Worlds | AFRICAN DIASPORA

7:30 – Yaw Amponsah & Anokye AGOFOMMA ft. Mohammed Shaibu | GHANA

8:15 – Mark Lilly & Bembe Olele | AFRO-CUBAN

9:00 – Argan Band | MOROCCO

10:00 – Comfort Food | “Bitches Brew meets Fela Kuti!”

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Senegambian Cooking by Awa Jaye
food & beverages available for purchase
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Free Admission

All Ages – Family Friendly
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Peace & Bless…

SOWA 2016 poster

May 04

Spirit of West Africa Festival 2015

Saturday, May 9th 2015

The 10th ANNUAL SPIRIT OF WEST AFRICA FESTIVAL,
a celebration of West African culture in the Diaspora!

Press Release:

Seattle Center FESTÁL and Thione Diop are excited to present the 10th Annual Spirit of West Africa Festival on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Seattle Center Armory from 12:00 to 8:00 pm. For ten years the Spirit of West Africa has celebrated the cultural diversity and resilience of West African music and dance with a vibrant variety of traditions from throughout the Diaspora.

Each year we have been honored and humbled by the energy and enthusiasm of Northwest audiences for our efforts to shine a positive light on present generations of West Africans, to connect with our cousins across continents, and to illuminate the vision of our ancestors. We welcome you to join us again in our special anniversary year as we gather and groove with old friends and new!

The 2015 line up includes an incredible range of talented artists bringing us sizzling sounds from Benin to Cuba, Ghana to Guinea, Honduras, Senegal, Nigeria and beyond. The festival kicks off with a dance class by Gansango and Etienne Cakpo from Benin, and besides our live performances we will have a dazzling Fashion Show produced by Nansare Consolata and Best of Both Worlds Fashion.

Local sculptor Marita Dingus will lead a free African doll-making workshop for youth from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. Traditional Senegalese cuisine will be served by Columbia City’s own La Teranga, and festival attendees will have the opportunity to shop the myriad colorful and sophisticated wares for sale by our vendors in the African Marketplace.

Admission to The Spirit of West Africa is FREE as part of Seattle Center’s FESTÁL Series, so we welcome all to join us with family members and friends of all ages.

FESTÁL and The Spirit of West Africa would also like to thank our generous sponsors for helping bring a unique world-class arts experience directly to Pacific Northwest audiences.

Schedule:

12:00-12:30 PM Udoka Cultural Dance – Igbo Music from Nigeria 

12:30-1:15 PM Gansango – Dance Workshop from Benin by Etienne Cakpo

(1:15-1:35 PM Set up chairs – Seattle Center & Volunteers)

1:35-2:20 PM Hagucha Gariñagu – Garifuna Music & Dance from Honduras

2:00-6:00 PM Children’s African Doll-Making Workshop – Marita Dingus 

2:30-3:30 PM Obo Addy’s Okropong – Music from Ghana

3:40-4:30 PM Bembe Olele – Music & Dance from Cuba

4:45-5:20 PM Fashion Show by Nansare Consolata & Best of Both Worlds

5:30-6:20 PM Message from Guinea – Music & Dance from Guinea

6:25-7:15 PM Massamba Diop with Mapathe Diop & Family – Music from Senegal

7:20-8:00 PM Wawali Bonane & Orchestre Afrisa Internationale de Tabu Ley – Congolese Soukous

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Join our invite on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/events/1415105642140978/

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Lastly, the Spirit of West Africa invites you to join us for a special Festival after-party on Sunday, May 10, 2014 at 7:00pm to midnight at Jaam Rek Studios, 2000 S Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98144.

 

Here’s a video of last year’s Spirit of West Africa Festival 2014:

SOWA Festival 2014

Peace and bless…

Jul 24

Summer Meltdown Festival 2014

Thione Diop & Yeke Yeke

Summer Meltdown Festival

Saturday-, July 9th 2014

10:00-10:45AM

on the Village Stage

 

More Info:

http://summermeltdownfest.com/

Jul 24

Thione Diop & YekeYeke performing at Jaam Rek Studio

Saturday Night- July 26, 2014

Thione Diop

The Teaching

&

Industrial Revelation

At

Jaam Rek Studio
2000 S. Jackson
Seattle, WA 98144

9:30PM

$12

21+

Jul 24

Thione Diop & Yeke Yeke at BAM ArtsFair

Thione Diop & Yeke Yeke will be performing at this year’s fest!

Bellevue Art Musuem Arts Fair

Saturday- July 26, 2014

5:00-5:45PM

Bellevue Square, Center Court

on the Sound and Movement Stage

 

More info:

http://www.bellevuearts.org/fair/index.html

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