Every year The Magic of African Rhythms partners with Hayti Heritage Center to organize the annual Hayti Legacy Kwanzaa.

Harambee fists high with pride at Holton Kwanzaa.

Teli Shabu’s drum students with Harambee fists held high with pride at Holton Kwanzaa.


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 event is New Water from Ancient Wells celebrates our young, gifted and Black millennials building on Black Durham’s legacy of culture, activism and entrepreneurship.

The day-long celebration features a documentary film showing, The Children’s Village

Baba Shabu, TMOAR co-founder(front row 2nd from left) sharing Adinkra with teachers, turns 90 in 2019.

with interactive activities for families, and evening performances. Everyone is invited to partake in African Diasporic music, history and culture workshops; youth chess; and a sampling of movement and music classes taught by local arts instructors. The highlight of this festival is Africa Unplugged, a soulful funky blues band using traditional West African instruments to create a contemporary sound. Food, artwork, clothing, books and crafts are plentiful at the African-inspired Marketplace.

The doors open at 1:00pm. At 2:00pm is a film showing, and the Marketplace opens for the entire day followed by a one-hour Diaspora Arts Sampler at 3:30pm. The Children’s Village runs from 4:00pm until 6:00pm alongside workshops for elders and the entire family. The Candle Lighting Ceremony and performance begin at 7:00 p.m. Click here for more Kwanzaa Across the Triangle Events.

The Magic of African Rhythm’s mission is of connecting and reconnecting 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 Aya Shabu, 617-959-2076, email: or The Hayti Heritage Center (919) 683-1709 or visit their website at



1 thought on “KWANZAA 2018”

  1. Hope you have a wonderful time !


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