African Drumming Superstar Featured in Black Panther Soundtrack to Perform at Spirit of Africa, May 12
Celebrate and experience the spirit and talents of African musicians, dancers and artists from our region and beyond at Seattle Center Festál: Spirit of Africa, 11 a.m.–9 p.m., May 12, at Seattle Center Armory.
Headlining the festival is Massamba Diop, African tama drum player featured in the soundtrack for the blockbuster hit “Black Panther.” In high demand across the globe, Massamba Diop will perform live on the Armory Main Stage.
Along with Massamba Diop’s performance, enjoy a variety of traditional and contemporary music and dance with cultural roots in countries across the African continent. See traditional and modern clothing from top African designer Nansare Consolata during the Spirit of Africa fashion show. Indulge in African cuisine, dance workshops, children’s art activities, cooking demonstrations and authentic African items for purchase at the African Marketplace.
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Seattle Center Festál brings to light the culturally rich communities who shape the character of our region. Although the series began in 1997, its origins stretch back to when ethnic communities were planting their roots here. For many of them, Seattle Center served as a central place, where they could invite the public to join in their unique cultural expression. Some festivals were formed in response to wars or ethnic displacement and others to unite their communities, educate the public and dispel stereotypes. Now at 21 years, Festál producers are seeking to sustain their festivals with compelling programming that appeals to multiple generations.
Seattle Center Festál is a public program presented by Seattle Center in partnership with Spirit of Africa. Admission is free-of-charge. For more information on this festival, visit thespiritofafrica.org, and to learn more about this collection of ethnic cultural events and other Seattle Center public programming, visit www.seattlecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.
About Seattle Center Festál
This illuminating series of 23 ethnic cultural festivals on weekends throughout the year seeks to connect people in ways that build understanding, dispel stereotypes and generate pride among the generations who participate in these shared experiences. Seattle Center Festál is produced with the generous support of KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, Coca-Cola, Alaska Airlines, T-Mobile, 4Culture. the City of Seattle and Seattle Center Foundation.
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