Kuumba Festival 2019

Uplifting the legacy of our ancestors

IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR QUEEN MOTHER "IYALODE" NKECHI AJANAKU


June 28 - 30th

Kuumba Festival 2019 Schedule of Events

Uplifting the Legacy of our Ancestors

Friday, June 28th, Market Square

Hosted by Sista Zock

12:00 noon - 10pm The Kuumba Marketplace will open the day's event with food and merchandise vendors from all over the world. Relish in the cultural spirit of the Afri can Marketplace with traditional crafts, clothing, and foods.

12:30 - 3:00pm West afican African Drum and Dance community Circle - everyone is welcome to participate

3:00pm - 5:00pm - Local talent showcase ,open Mic and spoken word

6:00pm - 7:30pm - Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Village Extravaganza and Indigenous Vibes. Amazing sounds and movements of traditional West African Drum and dance by artists of all ages.

7:30pm - June-bug Productions perform an excerpt of the show Gomela. Gomela is an experience of collective memories passed down from generation to generation, a tapestry woven by a group of multi- disciplinary artists who represent the diversity of African Americans who call New Orleans home.

8:00pm - Live Concert: Ogya World Music Band- OGYA (pronounced O-jah and means FIRE) brings hot, sultry rhythms of West Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas with high-energy original compositions.

Saturday, June 29th, Morningside Park

12:00pm - 10:00pm - Enjoy the African Market Place with traditional crafts, clothing, and foods.

12:30pm -2:30pm - African Drum and Dance community Circle - everyone is welcome to participate

2:00 - 4:00pm - Ujima Rally– Live entertainment, Inspirational Movement and Youth empowerment

4:30pm - 6:00pm - Local talent showcase ,open Mic and spoken word

6:00pm - 7:30pm Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Village Extravaganza.

8:00pm - 10:00pm - Live Concert - ZockSolid with hit "You should know that" from Spike Lee’s “She’s Got to Have it”

Sunday June 30th, Morningside Park

12:00pm - 10:00pm: Kuumba Marketplace opens. with traditional crafts, clothing, and foods.

12:30pm -2:30pm - African Drum and Dance community Circle - everyone is welcome to participate


4:30pm - 6:00pm - Local talent showcase ,open Mic and spoken word


6:00pm - 7:30pm Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Village extravaganza.

8:00pm - 10:00pm Live Music and entertainment

***OUR MISSION***

Our mission was developed from the need to provide the African American community and the

Greater East Tennessee community incentive to promote social change through

culturally specific artistic programming and development.

***OUR HISTORY***

African American Appalachian Arts, Inc. (AAAA, Inc.) is a twenty-nine year old, non profit 501(c)3 cultural arts grassroots organization that focuses on positive social, economic and community development

by utilizing creative methods of education through cultural artistic programming and development. AAAA specializes in the presentation and development of cultural art forms in the African Diaspora i.e.

traditional African art forms, Caribbean, South American, and African American.

African American Appalachian Arts, Inc. coordinates and produces three primary projects:

The KUUMBA Festival, the Kuumba Watoto Urban Youth Institute / Kuumba Kamp and Haley Heritage Square International Literary and Storytelling Festival / Haley Heritage Square