Celebrate Africa Festival 2021
Asante (Thank you!) to everyone who helped make the Celebrate Africa Festival and the Celebrate Africa Festival Rewind so successful in 2020! Last year’s virtual edition allowed people from all over the world to experience this wonderful celebration of African cultures.
The fourth annual festival is scheduled for September 12, and will be presented in a variety of formats.
The artists and events will be announced in March. In the meantime, you can browse the 2020 Celebrate Africa virtual events below to revisit your favorite performances.
|6 pm||African Dance Demo||Dance||Cultural dance exercise|
|6:30 pm||Jollof, Etc.||Food||Obi Onuoha, owner of Jollof, Etcetera, a restaurant that
specializes in healthy Nigerian cuisine
|7 pm||Cheick Hamala Diabate||Music||Musician from Mali, West Africa, nominated for a Grammy
award for Best Traditional World Music Album
|12 noon||Urban Foli||Music||Musical theater performance group expressing traditional
African drumming and dance with contemporary sound.
|2 pm||African Fashion Influences in Fashion Design||Fashion/ Documentary||Four DMV based designers and their creations are featured in this showcase of African and African-inspired clothing and wearable art.|
|3 pm||Anansegro of Ghana||Storytelling/ Family||Ambassador of West African culture who preserves and promotes
traditions of his cultural heritage through stories, games, music, drumming, and dance
|4 pm||Janelia Soul||Music||Nigerian-American born singer/songwriter 7-piece band "Janeliasoul"
fuses Yoruba folk songs, soul, and jazz with Afrobeat and pop.
|5 pm||The Hunger Tamer||Food/ Restaurant||Chef Sonia Amo-Akonnor's traditional Ghanain and West African dishes|
|5:30 pm||Headliner from Ethiopia:
Melaku Belay & Fendika
|Music/ Dance||World-renowned Ethiopian dancer and ambassador for Ethiopia’s
music and dance. Belay is a virtuoso interpreter of eskista, a traditional Ethiopian dance
|2:30 pm||Amadou Kouyate||Music/ Solo||150th generation of the Kouyate family of Manding Diali (oral
historians/musicians of West Africa) performing West African
classical music on the 21-string Kora, a kind of harp.
|3 pm||DC Highlife Stars||Music||Performances of styles of African music, including classic highlife,
rumba, afrobeat, funk, and reggae. Performers from Cameroon, Nigeria,
Ghana, Kenya, Haiti, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Mali, Cote d'Ivoire.