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Every year, Africa in America strives to remain innovative and unique. From the first time we presented our original works showcases for African Diasporic Music and Dance in 2014, we knew that each year we could not repeat ourselves…and this year we are excited that we have extended it to a WHOLE WEEKEND CELEBRATION! On top of doing our 6th Annual Original Works Showcase entitled, “The Sounds of Blackness”, we have surrounded it with cutting-edge Master Music and Dance Workshops that will fill your entire weekend. Don’t miss out on this weekend of 100% #blackjoy.

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October 4th:

West African Vocal/Song Workshop

8-10 PM

Lead Singer for world-renown West African Drum and Dance Company Farafina Kan in Washington D.C., Lesina Martin will teach Africa in America’s first West African Vocal/Song workshop . All participants will be able to keep a song list and lyrics from these songs.

 
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October 5th:

“The Sounds of Blackness”

6th Annual Original Works Showcase

8 PM-1 AM

Africa In America Presents its 6th Annual Original Works Showcase for African Diasporic Music and Dance entitled, "The Sounds of Blackness". This night of reflection will kick off a beautiful weekend of fellowship amongst the participants and lovers of African Diasporic music and dance here in the Los Angeles area. In this year's showcase, we will shine a light on the diaspora's soundtrack of our lives as we feature original works from musicians, vocalists, and drummers on October 5th at Barnsdall Gallery Theater from 8pm-10pm. Artists from both North and South America, West and South Africa, and the Carribbeans will represent on stage in a 1 NIGHT-ONLY event! There will be an after-party this year, so people will be able to meet and greet these amazing artists.

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October 6th:

African Diasporic Music and Dance Workshops

1-8PM

Location: TBA

Take Master Music and Dance Workshops from some of the featured artists who performed in our original works showcase this year!

Yeko Ladzepko

Lindiwe Rose

Magatte Fall

Juan Carlos Blanco

Lesina Martin

Katy Toave


2019 original works showcase FEATURED ARTISTS

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Kara Mack

SPIRITUAL/GOSPEL

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LINDIWE ROSE

South African traditional vocal and dance

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JUAN CARLOS BLANCO. RIERA

Caribbean/South American music and dance

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MAGATTE FALL

West African TRADITIONAL

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LESINA MARTIN

West African traditional vocal and dance

Katy Toave

KATY TOAVE

african AUSTRALIAN traditional music and dance

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YEKO LADZEPKO-COLE

GHANAIAN TRADITIONAL/DUNHAM TECHNIQUE

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NAILAH PORTER

blues/jazz vocal


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