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January 28, 2021
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International African Arts

By Alexandra Glorioso
Women Posing For a Fashion Show
From the 38th Annual International African Arts Festival

Fri., July 1 to Mon., July 4:┬áThe International African Arts Festival is dedicated to the preservation of art forms, traditions, and cultures of Africa and its diaspora.┬áThe festivals theme this year is Arobaini (Swahili for “forty”). The festival takes place in Commodore Barry Park, in downtown Brooklyn.


Friday, July 1
Ancestral opening with Shanto
James Fleet/Drake Colley Quintet
Ngoma-Tribute to Billy Bang
Greg Stamper
Colonel Abrams Dance Party
Asase Ya

Saturday, July 2
Tribute to Chief Bey, Nana Dinizulu and Baba Ishangi
Ifetayo Youth Ensemble
Omi Yesa
Dimizulu African Dancers, Drummers and Singers
Ishangi family Dancers
Bill Mc Cloud, Urban Ju-Jitsu

Sunday, July 3
Amma Watt
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney MC
The Black Alley players featuring Ebony Jo-Ann
Tribute to Gil Scott Heron feat. The Last Poets and the Midnight Band
International Day of the Drum Celebrating and Observance

Monday, July 4

Rome Neal’s Women In Jazz
Orquesta Tipica 73 (Salsa music)
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney MC
Norman Conners and the Starship Orchestra
Forces of Nature
International Day of the Drum Celebrating and Observance

For information on the Children’s Program (including the Fashion Show, the Afrikan Poetry Theater Poetry Slam, and the Natural Hair Show) and other details, call 718.638.3700 or send an email to

Commodore Park http

Between Brooklyn Queens Express and Flushing Ave



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