Celebrate the art and culture of Africa and African Americans at Festival Sundiata Saturday and Sunday at Seattle Center.
Named for the legendary 13th-century King Sundiata of West Africa’s Mali Empire, the annual event welcomes all ages with music from Senegal and the Ivory Coast as well as hip-hop, rhythm and blues, and jazz.
The fest also features youth drill teams, drum lines, spoken word, children’s activities, food, marketplace and information from nonprofit organizations.
Performances feature national hip-hop artists Wale and Magazeen and R&B crooner Howard Hewett and more than 40 local artists including Kudjo, Charles Mack, Soyoya Band, Darrius Willrich, and “The Voice” finalists Stephanie Anne Johnson and Music Box.
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African drum workshops, wine-tasting and doll-making from recycled materials are among the weekend’s activities. Displays include the Black Art exhibit of African and African-American art in a variety of mediums upstairs in the Armory. A show of classic and vintage cars is also planned.
American History Traveling Museum displays include Africa’s global impact in traditions, cultures, math, science and architecture; artifacts, documents, and exhibits on enslaved Africans in America, the Jim Crow Era; and African-American inventors.
Local comedian and activist Isiah Anderson, Jr. hosts a Black Men’s Forum with the awarding of winners of the Father’s Day contest and gathering for the 1000 Black Fathers photo at 2:15 p.m. Sunday.
All events are free, and all are welcome to learn and share in African-American culture at the Armory and Mural Amphitheater at Seattle Center.
Madeline Mckenzie: firstname.lastname@example.org