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…


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


Rise and Shine
Love i Products
Africa Mama
Out of Africa
Nana Yesman African Craft
Artisans International
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)


*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!


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