Come Immerse Yourself In the Rich Diverse Treasures that Are Africa @ the 1st African Festival of Boston: Saturday, July 17th (9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

June 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm Leave a comment

Join New England’s African community as they celebrate the great continent’s 50 years of independence. During the decade of the 60s, no less than 31 countries in Africa won their freedom and now is the time to come together to commemorate this all important anniversary through an extravaganza of cultural activity. The annual African Festival of Boston is in its first year and is anticipated to attract thousands of eager visitors to City Hall Plaza. Sponsored by the Congolese-centered African welfare organization the Shalupe Foundation, it  is hoped that this event will serve to strengthen the African community, both locally here in  New England and back home on the mother continent  through the promotion of a culturally vibrant present-day Africa, just waiting to share its countless valuable treasures with the rest of the world.

Come experience the abundant cultural diversity this continent has to offer through the presence of its many countries in the form of native music, dance, food, crafts, and a drum call parade. And as for us world music fans, we will be serenaded by a variety of glorious sounds from Senegal, Northern Africa, Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, and the Ivory Coast. Headlining the all-star local and international performance cast will be Teeyah and Bouro Mpela to be followed by UMelini, Mamadou Diop, Atlas Soul, Boubacar Diabate and Samba Lolo, Lamine Toure and Group Saloum, and Fatou Ndiay and Silimbo Dance Company. Many local African businesses will be represented throughout the day as well. What a great way to discover the array of ethnic products and services they have to offer. Spend a day at the festival and you’ll be guaranteed to walk away with an extremely valuable  education in and appreciation of African culture not to be missed. 

 

 

Event Details:

When: Saturday, July 17th (9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

       Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. on the Boston Common        

Where: City Hall Plaza (Downtown Boston)

Admission: Free

More Info: Contact Mireille Tushiminina @ 857 – 249 – 3831 / mtushiminina@yahoo.com

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Entry filed under: African music, Afropop, Annual Events, Concerts, Dance Exhibitions, Festivals, Local Artists. Tags: .

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