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Originally published Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

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Festival Sundiata celebrates African roots and culture

Festival Sundiata Black Arts Fest, June 14-15, Seattle Center.


Seattle Times staff

Festival Sundiata

Time: 11:30 a.m. opening ceremony, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 14; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 15.

Cost: Free

Location: Seattle Center, Seattle.

More information: 206-684-7200 or festivalsundiata.org.

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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.

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: mmckenzie@seattletimes.com



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