Drums ancient and modern beat at the 3rd annual Congo Square Rhythms Festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation on Sunday, November 15, in New Orleans' Louis Armstrong Park.
The festival celebrates the historic role of Congo Square as the birthplace of American music, where African slaves gathered on Sunday afternoons to practice their ancestral traditions - influencing all of the styles that would emerge from New Orleans' cultural melting pot.
The festival also features a Congo Square Market showcasing a large assortment of artisans and craft makers, as well as food vendors including Rainey's Restaurant, the Praline Connection, Miss Linda's Catering and Loretta's Pralines.
|11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||Opening Ceremony and Open Drum Circle|
|12:00-12:20 p.m.||N'Fungola Sibo West African Dance Company|
|12:30-1:15 p.m.||Zion Trinity|
|1:15-1:35 p.m.|| Culu African Dance Company
|2:20-2:35 p.m.||Tekrema Dance Theater|
|2:35-2:50 p.m.||N'Kafu African Dance Company|
|2:50-3:45 p.m.||Bamboula 2000|
|3:45-4:05 p.m.|| Kumbuka African Dance Company
|4:05-5:00 p.m.|| Mardi Gras Indian "Battle"
|5:00-6:30 p.m.||Ensemble Fatien|
The Congo Square Rhythms Festival is sponsored by Miller Lite, Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, Peoples Health, WWOZ 90.7 FM New Orleans, The Congo Square Foundation, The Arts Council of New Orleans, The Louisiana Division of the Arts, River Parish Disposal, Gambit Weekly, and Zande+Newman Design.
For more information, visit the Congo Square Rhythms Festival web site.