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FREE African Art & Music Festival- Labor Day Weekend

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The 4th Annual African Art & Music Festival in Historic Leimert Park Village is a FREE 3-day event, featuring jazz, blues, Afro-beat, reggae, neo soul, world music, spoken word, comedy, and traditional African drumming and dance. Our 3-day audience is around 10,000 people from all ethnic backgrounds.

The address is: 4318 Degnan Blvd., LA 90008. This is 2 blocks North of Vernon and 1 block East of Crenshaw at the corner of 43rd.

This year we have our most dynamic and diverse line-up:


10:00 am -Jai Jae Kambasa African Drumming & Dance Troupe

11:00 am -Urban Ballroom Dancing w/West Coast Urban Ballroom Gents

Noon -Spoken Word & Comedy Showcase

-Poets: A.K. Toney, Cayenne, & Sho'

-Comics: Daryl & Dwayne Mooney-The Mooney Twins & Awet Teame

1:00 pm - Ngozi Flux (Neo Soul)

2:00 pm -"Inspired by Africa" Fashion Show

3:00 pm -Medusa (Spoken Word//Hip Hop)

4:00 pm -Special Guest Dj (to be announced)

5:00 pm -Full Circle Band featuring T.C. Moses (R&B)

6:00 pm -"Leimert Park After Dark" entertainment begins at local venues.


10:00 am -Traditional African Drumming

11:00 am -To be announced

Noon -Spoken Word & Comedy Showcase

-Poets: Alice The Poet, Donny Jackson & Gia Scott Heron

-Comedy: Daryl & Dwayne Mooney-The Mooney Twins & Awet Teame

1:00 pm -Saba Saba (Lugaflow/Ugandan Hip Hop)

2:00 pm -"Sankofa Sunday"

3:00 pm -Azar Lawrence featuring Alfonse Mouzon (Traditional Jazz)

4:00 pm -To be announced

5:00 pm -Wadada (Reggae)

6:00 pm -"Leimert Park After Dark" entertainment begins at local venues.


10:00 am -S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi Traditional African Drumming & Dance

11:00 am -To be announced

Noon -Spoken Word & Comedy Showcase

-Poets:Deana Reed, Food4Thot & Nikki Blak

-Comedy: Daryl & Dwayne Mooney-The Mooney Twins, Awet Teame & Daphne Wright

1:00 pm -Nsambu and The Mystic Nomads (World Music)

2:00 pm -"Raw 2 the Roots" Natural Hair Showcase

3:00 pm -Kamasi Washington & The Next Step Band (Traditional/Contemporary Jazz)

4:00 pm -To be announced

5:00 pm -The Pan African People's Arkestra - (13-member Jazz ensemble)

6:00 pm -Festival ends.

Our authentic AFRICAN MARKETPLACE features over 50 vendors selling exquisite fine arts including paintings, sculptures, word carvings, quilts, jewelry, wearable art and our quality craft vendors will have beautiful hats, purses, shoes, natural bath and body products and so much more.

Our FOOD COURT vendors will offer reasonably priced, (between $5-$12), single items and meals, including freshly prepared vegan salads, BBQ, seafood, chicken, combination plates, Caribbean food, mouth-watering desserts, icees, and kettle corn. And, our Official Beverage Provider, Pucker-up Lemonade, will have refreshing, ice cold strawberry lemonade, watermelon lemonade, & a classic lemonade, plus a classic iced tea (made with agave) and a mango iced tea.

We also have 4 signature programs:

-"Inspired by Africa" Fashion Show

-"Raw 2 the Roots" Natural Hair Styling Showcase (20 of LA's top stylists w/their own models and natural hair care manufacturers will be there.)

-"Sankofa Sunday" (A remembrance of those who have passed in the last year)

-"Leimert Park After Dark" (activities in Leimert Park after 6pm)

Lastly, we are thrilled to announce that Piccolo Books will be giving away 5,000 children's books and several of our sponsors will be giving away free food (Superior Grocers) drinks (Mc Donald's & Pucker-Up Lemonade) & product samples (Miss Jessie's).

This is a family-friendly event, with activities for children, teens & adults.

Our Event is:

Always FREE!