Mar 272012

African culture and music will be the theme of this weekend’s Arts Market of New Orleans at Palmer Park in Carrollton, through a new partnership between the Arts Council of New Orleans and AfricaNola.

Full details via email below:

Arts Council of New Orleans, in partnership with AfricaNola, presents Celebrate Africa Day at the Arts Market of New Orleans Saturday, March 31st from 10am to 4pm in Palmer Park at the corner of S. Carrollton and S. Claiborne Avenues.  Celebrate Africa Day at the Arts Market of New Orleans will promote, preserve, perpetuate and encourage the music, culture and heritage of African and African-American communities in Louisiana.  The event will include African cultural programs and performances by music and dance ensembles led by native African musicians.

Celebrate Africa Day at the Arts Market of New Orleans will focus on African music, dance and culture as well as their connection to Louisiana. Discussions of the historical and present day importance of Congo Square will also be held.  Audience participation will be strongly encouraged during performances.  Senegalese griot Morikeba Kouyate’s kora (21 string African harp) workshop will include call and response singing, historical perspective of this instrument’s 800 year history, and the connection between the kora and American string instruments.  Thierno Dioubate-Guinea West Africa will lead a class in African percussion, specifically djembe (African drum) and also lead an African dance workshop. There will be a percussion instrument making workshop, and an African drum and dance class for children. This will be a family friendly festival and enjoyable for all ages.

“Celebrate Africa Day at the Arts Market of New Orleans marks the beginning of a new special events series at the Arts Market of New Orleans,” Arts Market Manager Mïa Vollkommer said.  “The Arts Council looks forward to bringing new community partnerships into the Arts Market to continue promoting the unique artistic culture and heritage of our region.”

The Celebrate Africa Day at the Arts Market of New Orleans will be a unique opportunity for all ages, ethnicities and economic levels to come together in Palmer Park and experience African culture, music, food, and dance. There will be two musical ensembles performing, Africa Brass, and Kora Konnection all led by native African musicians. New Orleans would not be the city it is without the contributions of its African ancestors, this event will recognize and celebrate those contributions and continue to keep African heritage and culture alive.

Celebrate Africa Day at the Arts Market of New Orleans Performance Schedule:

  • 11am – 11:30am: Morikeba Kouyate (Senegal)- Kora (African Harp) African storytelling, call and response singing
  • 11:30am – noon: Thierno Dioubate (Guinea) with Gizelle Nakhid – african drum and dance workshop
  • Noon – 12:30pm: Ivan Watkins– discussion of AFrica New Orleans connection
  • 1pm – 2 pm: Kora Konnection
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm Africa Brass

The Arts Council of New Orleans ( is a private, non-profit organization designated as the City’s official arts agency.  Now in its 37th year, the Arts Council works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, community groups, local, state and national governmental agencies, foundations and other non-profit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the greater New Orleans area through a diversity of initiatives and services. The Arts Council serves as one of nine regional distributing agencies for the State of Louisiana grant funds and administers available municipal arts grants and the Percent For Art program on behalf of the City of New Orleans.

AfricaNola ( a community based organization of impassioned, talented individuals who see the value of traditional African culture and music, bringing world class African musicians/cultural leaders/historicans to New Orleans to live, teach, perform and share cultures that are uniquely intertwined with the culture of New Orleans.  AfricaNola, through its performance and educational outreach, strives to enrich lives and enhance the City of New Orleans.

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