Monday, October 10, 2011

'Sankofa' attracts large turn out

African Drumming

African attire on Display

Youths in an African dance.

THE National Stadium, Providence, came alive Saturday evening with yet another African cultural extravaganza, in observance of the United Nations Year for Peoples of African Descent.Organized by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, and solidly supported by Afro-Guyanese boasting a wide range of marketable skills and awe-inspiring talent, the cultural fair brought together dozens of energetic and keenly enthusiastic entrepreneurs from as far as Essequibo and Berbice, working towards making the occasion a success.
But not only did the booths, which dotted the stadium tarmac, showcase the best in the line of African products, song and dance, but the atmosphere engendered a feeling of camaraderie, and a sense of pride and purpose on the part of the stakeholders involved in the extravaganza.
The highlight of the festivities was the showcasing and sale of traditional and non-traditional African products including foods, interesting creations of African hand-crafted items, a wide array of colourful and attractively designed garments and accessories, gorgeous, leather-crafted footwear, ornaments, ceramics, pottery and paintings and demonstrations of African head-wrapping It was a celebratory occasion, and more than being an exhibition and sale, in keeping with the spirit and intent of the occasion, there was also a segment in the form of a concert titled ‘Sankofa’.
Highly entertaining, it featured celebrated local artistes including the “Whaul Sisters” who thrilled the audience with the legendary Miriam Makeba’s ‘Patta Patta’ and other African hits. Other guest artistes included the Yoruba Singers, Charmaine Blackman and others. Also providing entertainment throughout the afternoon were Stereo Sound Systems, Ras Camo and his steel band, as well as a drumming group from Primo’s School of African Drumming

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