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6th Annual Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival

Sat, Mar 23, 2013
through Sun, Mar 24, 2013

11am - 7:30pm Saturday & Sunday

From the Congo to Cuba, from Brazil to Basin Street and New Orleans "bounce," the universal drum will return to Armstrong Park on March 23 and 24, when the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the sixth annual Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival.

Saturday Music Lineup:
11:00 am: African Drum Circle   
12:00 am: Moyuba
1:00 pm: Tribute to Alfred "Uganda" Roberts 
2:00 pm: N'Kafu African Dance
2:15 pm: Alexey Marti 
3:15 pm: Mardi Gras Indian Battle
4:00 pm: Africa Brass with OTRA 
5:45 pm: N'Fungola Sibo African Dance
6:00 pm: Pedrito Martinez

Sunday Music Lineup:
11:00 am: Latin Drum Circle
1:00 pm: Third Eye Theater Dance
1:15 pm: Bamboula 2000 
2:15 pm: Tekrema Dance Theater
2:30 pm: Kumbuka African Dance Collective  
3:00 pm: CLASS GOT BRASS battle of the school brass bands
4:30 pm: Stooges Brass Band with special guests    
6:00 pm: Red Baraat

The Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival is the premier world-music event in New Orleans. Celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Louisiana, the festival showcases the influences from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America that combined in the Crescent City to make New Orleans a melting pot of world culture.

This year the second annual Class Got Brass Competion (a chance for Louisiana middle & high school bands to win up to $30,000 worth of spoils in instruments for their classrooms!) will take place during the fest, while the Tom Dent Lecture Symposium will happen on April 4.

With two stages of music and dance, plus a huge arts market, food vendors and beverages and a social services community center, the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival is more than just an event. It's a true community celebration.

       -New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

Interactivo onstage at Congo Square Festival 2012.
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Congo Square
Congo Square
835 N. Rampart Street , Louis Armstrong Park
New Orleans, LA 70116
Student performers at Congo Square Fest
Student performers at Congo Square Fest
Pedrito Martinez. Photo by Kichea S. Burt.
Pedrito Martinez. Photo by Kichea S. Burt.
Red Baraat. Photo by Catherine King.
Red Baraat. Photo by Catherine King.


A Humble Request

I consider this event one of THE seminal events that take place in New Orleans every year. And, I also HIGHLY appreciate the fact that your station livestreams MORE than most other stations.
However, is there ANY chance that you could start livestreaming THIS event in the future?
Signed : STARVING for some REAL Narlins' culture, but thousands of miles away.

We LOVE you!

Ah, live streaming would be wonderful!

For those of us who are from New Orleans and in New Orleans but can't make it to Congo Square, for those of our friends who love New Orleans (even though they might pronounce it the way many marketers encourage)and live out of town, and just because it would be a very fine thing to do. :-) It's probably the most important music festival and gathering in the city, to be honest.

CORRECT Pronunciation

Well Ms. ELayda.....considering the fact that I have lived MANY years in OUR fair city, AND the fact that MANY of my friends pronounce the name of OUR fair city in EXACTLY that way, YOUR point is???


Um, that's Eleyda. ;-)

More to the point... Who won the Class Got Brass competition!?!?!

So what?

City boosters and marketers have been pushing "Nawlins" for a couple of decades. It is one of several pronunciations that natives of many generations are familiar with. But it was never as all-encompassing as it has become, and it has been sold is such a way that visitors think that's the way to say it.

Sorta like the created appearance that Yat is the way everyone in the city has always and ever talked. We used to have a number of accents, so to speak, and even several languages (French, Creole, English, Spanish). Most of those have died out as English became more common (for obvious reasons). Can't do much about that, though CODOFIL is helping keep Acadian French (my mother's native tongue) alive. Reducing our uniqueness (a range of accents) to one is a little flattening.

That's my point. It's become part and parcel of the selling of New Orleans. It's a cuter sell than, say, Mitch's "New ORW lee uns."

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