Tag: African festivals in America

Ethiopian culture celebrated at 10th annual festival in Burnaby

By Steve Saunders

It was a feast for the eyes and mouth as a Burnaby stadium was given some Ethiopian flair.Hundreds of people celebrated at the annual Ethiopian Summer Festival at Swangard Stadium Saturday.

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Music, barbecue mark Kenya’s Madaraka Day in Minnesota

By: Cynthia Simba, Mshale Reporter

The sound of Afrobeat music could be heard against a backdrop of dancing men and women, in between the movements, small group conversations in Swahili and English took place as loud voices competed against the sound of music. In the same area children excitedly played volleyball, tag, and soccer. On the grill, the smell of nyama choma (grilled meat), filled the air for the annual Madaraka Day celebration .

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Philadelphia braces for annual Odunde Festival

The annual Odunde Street Festival brings a taste of Africa to South Street, one of Philadelphia’s oldest, historically African American neighborhoods. The event is one of the largest African-American street festivals in America.

This year’s festival will take place Sunday, June 9.

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Dhat Gyal To Perform @ Chicago Ghanafest

Afro-pop artiste Ernestina Afari, known in the showbiz scene as Dhat Gyal, has been invited to perform at an event dubbed ‘Chicago Ghanafest’ in Chicago, United States of America.

The two-day event, which is expected to attract Ghanaians living in the United States of America and Canada, will take place on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 at the Washington Park, Chicago in USA.

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Watch out Hollywood, Nollywood is coming to town for a festival of African film

By Jeffery Fleishman

In the early days of Nigerian cinema, directors and actors wandered cities and tribal lands shooting movies straight to VHS tapes that were sold in kiosks and bartered in villages.

Those times of on-the-fly editing and pocket-change financing have since grown into one of the largest film industries in the world, a quicksilver business that is as attuned to juju priests as it is to the love affairs and nightclubs of the new rich.

The reach of what is known as Nollywood often strikes Kemi Adetiba, one of its most acclaimed directors, when she’s in Jamaica or New York. A taxi driver will invariably say, “Oh, God, I love Nigerian films” while waxing on about how those stories connect him to ancestors who centuries before had been uprooted from Africa by slavery and colonialism.

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Pan African Festival Connects African Diaspora Through the Arts

More than 100 artisans and 170 films from around the world are being showcased at the 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles.

The multiday event in the largely African American neighborhood of Baldwin Hills aims to connect Africans to people of African descent from around the world.

“As a result of the slave trade and colonization, African people are spread all over the planet, so we get a chance through this festival, get a chance to know each other,” said the festival’s executive director, Ayuko Babu.

Film, fine art, fashion and jewelry with Africa as inspiration are all featured at the festival.

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US Mission Hosts Festival for Africans in Virginia

The US mission to the Africa Union hosted   Africa FEST in Virginia that brought together the people from Africa’s 54 sovereign states as reported by Sam P. K. Collins in the Washington Informer.

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