New York, New York- The Caribbean Cultural Center of the African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), in partnership with the Friends of Art Park Alliance (FAPA) and the National Jazz Museum of Harlem, is organizing its 5th annual AFRIBEMBÉ FESTIVAL: Black for the future! Saturday August. 12, 2023. Offered free to families in the New York area, the one-day celebration of pan-African art, intellectuality and musicality will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Harlem Art Park and on E. 120th street between Lexington and Third Avenue.
5th edition of the CCCADI AFRIBEMBE FESTIVAL harnesses the power of its theme, Black to the Future, to elevate Afrofuturism from a global diasporic perspective with Africa at the center. AFRIBEMBÉ’s star artists and DJs will use the beats and sounds of the global diaspora to move festival-goers through declarations of black identity, action and freedom.
Artists featured on the Bembe Stage include Grammy-nominated Cuban percussionist Pedro Martinez (presented in partnership with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem)Combo Chimbita, Chimurenga Renaissance, Imani Uzuri, Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater, Chef Awosami Sekou Alaje, And DJ Bembona. Rasu Jilani will serve as the MC of the event.
Through artivism activities in the Family Village, SoulFull Food Plaza and Ujamaa Market, AFRIBEMBÉ intentionally seeks to inspire our community to imagine and create a liberated future for the entire African Diaspora.
Featuring an excerpt from the funky, post-apocalyptic Afrofuturist play “In the Valley of Coming Forward,” by CCCADI alumnus, Hameed Sharif “Herukhuti” Williams, Ph.D., AFRIBEMBÉ issues a special call to remember that our ancestors have always pushed to create a future that extends beyond the reality of their present. This festival invites us to tap into our common art and culture to do the same.
Bembe is an African word conveyed throughout the diaspora with various meanings. From drumming to rhythm to partying, we use the word Bembe as one of the terms that connect our diaspora in music, joy and community.
This event is funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs – Coalition for Theaters of Color, New York City Council, Altman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, Ford Foundation, Gilman Foundation, Mellon Foundation and the Open Societies Foundation.
Registration is available at: www.afribembe.com
The Caribbean Cultural Center, African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), is an arts, cultural, educational and media organization that advances cultural equity, racial and social justice for communities of African descent. CCCADI programs are aimed at children/youth, families, young professionals, elders, local and international artists and practitioners of African spiritual traditions. Through our work, CCCADI provides a collective space where African descendants honor the contributions of the global African diaspora through exhibitions, performances, conferences, educational programs and international exchange. Learn more about www.cccadi.org
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