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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

THE NICHOLAS DANCE STUDIO

4273 CRENSHAW BLVD., Los Angeles, CA 90008

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. Featuring Live Drumming!

$20/person

**50 people Max

 
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October 5th:

“The Sounds of Blackness”

6th Annual Original Works Showcase

8 PM-10 PM

Location: Barnsdall Gallery Theater

4800 Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA

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 Caribbeans will represent on stage in a 1 NIGHT-ONLY event!

**Every attendant will receive free haircare products from this year’s new sponsor Curls, Inc.!**

Kara Mack

Nailah Porter

Yeko Ladzepko-Cole

Juan Carlos Blanco

Lindiwe Rose

Katy Toave

Lesina Martin

Magatte Fall

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October 6th:

ALL DAY African Diasporic Music and Dance Workshops

11-8:30 PM

Location: TBA

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

Our Sounds of Blackness Weekend will end with a full day of workshops from the artists featured in our Original Works Showcase that happens the night before on October 5th at Barnsdall Gallery Theater. On October 6th, don’t miss artists like Lindiwe Rose (South African Vibes), Magatte Fall teaching Sabar Drumming, Yeko Ladzepko (Traditional Ghanaian), Juan Carlos Blanco (Afro-Cuban Dance), Lesin Martin (Mandingue Dance), and Katy Toave (Maloya Dance) teaching you different styles of music and dance. Each class is $25 or you can take all 6 classes for only $90!! Go to our website in the bio, and get your tickets today!

**Every attendant will receive free haircare products from this year’s new sponsor Curls, Inc.!**

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 MUSIC AND DANCE

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JUAN CARLOS BLANCO. RIERA

AFRO-CUBAN MUSIC AND DANCE

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MAGATTE FALL

WEST AFRICAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC

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LESINA MARTIN

WEST AFRICAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE

Katy Toave

KATY TOAVE

AFRICAN AUSTRALIAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE

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YEKO LADZEPKO-COLE

GHANAIAN TRADITIONAL/DUNHAM INSPIRED

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NAILAH PORTER

JAZZ/SOUL VOCALIST


PAST ORIGINAL WORK SHOWCASES