DURHAM, NC Wednesday, December 26th, 2018– Hayti Heritage Center and The Magic of African Rhythm host the Hayti Legacy Kwanzaa at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St. Durham, NC 27701. The theme for this year’s festival is New Water from Ancient Wells in recognition and celebration of Durham’s young, gifted and Black millennials innovating on the community’s legacy of culture, entrepreneurship, and activism. Africa Unplugged performs soulful, funky, bluesy dance music.

 

 

The day-long celebration begins with a documentary film showing, followed by The Children’s Village with interactive activities, workshops for elders and adults of all ages, an evening performance, and candle lighting ceremony. Everyone is invited to partake in African Diasporic music, history and culture workshops provided by BUMP: the Triangle; chess with Coach Eric Zeigler; and a sampling of movement and music classes taught by local arts instructors. Featured band Africa Unplugged brings together the past and the future, using traditional instruments to create a contemporary sound. Food, artwork, clothing, books and crafts are plentiful at the African-inspired Marketplace.

The doors open at 1:00 pm. Film showing at 2:00 pm; the Marketplace remains open for the entire day followed by a one-hour Diaspora Arts Sampler at 3:30 pm. The Children’s Village runs from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm alongside workshops for elders and adults of all ages. The Candle Lighting Ceremony and performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Magic of African Rhythm’s mission is to connect and reconnect to traditional African culture and values.The St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation is committed to the Hayti Heritage Center, the former St. Joseph’s AME Church, a National Historic Landmark, as a cultural and economic anchor to the greater Durham community.  St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit, charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. For more information, please call Teli Shabu, 919-638-8221, email: shabufam@gmail.com or visit their website at  https://tmoar.wordpress.com/ or The Hayti Heritage Center (919) 683-1709 or visit their website at http://hayti.org/.

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