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Spirit of Africa Festival 2019




The Spirit of Africa Festival is a FREE celebration of the music, dance, and culture of Africa. We will bring high quality musicians, dancers, and other artists to the festival to showcase the richness, diversity, and joyfulness of African music and dance and to educate the community about African culture and the importance of music and dance in Africa – both today and throughout history. The Spirit Of Africa Festival is a day long event that will take place @ the Seattle Center Armory.

This project brings out of town artists to perform individually and also together with local African artists. The project will showcase the amazing talents of the out of town guests such as Yancouba Diebate, master Kora player from Senegal, Massamba Diop (featured on Black Panther movie sound track) but also celebrate the excellent talent from the Seattle area. Together this group will represent the music, dance and culture from many different West African countries.


Noon / 1:00 West African Dance Workshop with Awal & Sheimawu (Ghana)
1:00 / 2:30 African Drum Workshop with Manimu Camara from Guinea (2nd floor)
1:00 / 1:30 Intermission – Chairs & Stage Setup
1:30 / 2:00 Zambuko Marimba Band (Zimbabwe)
2:10 / 2:40 Yao Amponsah, Master of the Ashanti percussion (Ghana)
2:45 / 3:15 Afro-Fusion Dance Connect
3:25 / 4:10 Boka Kouyate & Djeliya Band (Guinea)
4:20 / 5:05 Massamba Diop (Senegalese Sabar Drumming)
5:15 / 5:45 African Fashion Show by Zeinab & “Seattle Fashion Week”
5:55 / 6:25 Diery & Diona (International Soul from Senegal & Seattle)
6:35 / 7:20 Yancouba Diebate & Wato Sita (Master of Kora from Casamance, Senegal)
7:25 / 7:55 AFRO Hip-Hop with Yirim Seck
8:00 / 8:30 Providence Kamana & the Africa Boys (Music from the Congo)

By “La Teranga”, a local Senegalese restaurant located in Columbia City, Seattle.

There will be authentic African goods, including handmade African items both traditional and modern with a variety of accessories…


*African Films (@ the 2nd Floor)

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