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Explore the Cultural Roots and Contemporary Influences of
African-Americans at Festival Sundiata

Seattle Center Festál: Festival Sundiata - African-American Festival, June 30 - July 1, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., in the Armory/Center House and Fisher Pavilion, explores the cultural roots and contemporary influences of African-Americans in our region through live performances, cultural displays, hands-on activities, foods, fashion and worldy gifts.

Live music highlights:

  • Ife and her soulful sounds, called a “Young Sade meet Lena Horne for the new millennium”
  • Michael Power performing from his 14th CD, Passport
  • Mutha Knows Best, performing a variety of old school and modern funk
  • Acapulco Gold, the well known Seattle’s own R&B funk band
  • Original hip hop from Baldy
  • Mz. Floes and the Carmel Latte band
  • African music by Soyaya
  • Northwest Tap – keeping their tap shoes busy
  • Reggae party sounds by Dub Lounge International and Laborer
  • Not been forgotten wand workshops by the Jimi Hendrix Experience

Art highlights:

  • Jimi Hendrix 70th Birthday Celebration and Exhibit featuring photographs, memorabilia, history, music, rare video footage of Jimi Hendrix
  • Unspoken Truths, an outstanding American history exhibit
  • Black Cultural Art Show, curated by Hiawatha D.
  • World-renovated artist, Marita Dingus with her famous Black Dolls activity.

Other highlights:

  • Genealogy Search guided by the Northwest African American museum
  • Car show that’s HOT and second to none
  • Great soul food and much, much more

The 20 Seattle Center Festál cultural celebrations highlight the common forms of tradition and expression among ethnic communities in the Pacific Northwest, while underscoring their unique creative contributions, customs, foods and ideals. Each event offers moving entertainment and fascinating insight into a different culture of the world.

Festival Sundiata - African-American Festival is part of The Next Fifty at Seattle Center in 2012. The Festival is produced by Sundiata African-American Cultural Association in partnership with Seattle Center. For a full event schedule, visit www.festivalsundiata.org, and for more information on this cultural series and other Seattle Center public programming, click on www.seattlecenter.com.

About Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál, part of The Next Fifty in 2012 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, presents a series of 20 world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Wells Fargo and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by Seattle Center Foundation and the City of Seattle.


More information: http://www.seattlecenter.com

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