NBAF 2017 Program Season

Celebrating World Music

*Additional details will be added as programming is solidified


“NBAF Celebrating World Music,
The Best of Atlanta”

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017; 10 AM – 5 PM

Venue: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Auburn Avenue, between Boulevard and Jackson Street

Family Day/Culture Fest invites visitors to Sweet Auburn to spend a day of fun, educational, and enriching participatory experiences which celebrate and lift up the legendary culture of the people who lived on “Sweet” Auburn Avenue. Children and adult activities include live music, dance performances, art and artisans, and food.

Presented as part of the 2nd annual Family Day/Culture Fest programming, “Celebrating World Music, The Best of Atlanta” Spotlight Series will include musical performances in a variety of genres, including African drumming, Afrobeat, Caribbean steel pan, reggae, soca and calypso, Afro-Cuban jazz, among other forms of music that have emerged from African musical traditions. These traditions have flourished not only in Atlanta but in North America, the Caribbean, the African Diaspora and spread throughout the world. 

Featuring, the National Park Service, Sweet Auburn Works, Giwayen Mata Percussion Ensemble, PanSonics Steel Band, SolRizings Reggae Female Band, Chef Jasmine (MasterChef Junior Season 5 Winner), “Dare Dream Dance” Studio, MAYNARD Documentary Film, Chef Sonya (Curb Market), and Mrs. Helene Mills (story teller).


Date: Tuesday, September 26 (6:30 PM)
Venue: Emory University Campus

The film is The Pan African Festival of Algiers (1969) by William Klein
Screening and post-screening conversations with scholars about the first Pan-African Cultural Festival, the most notable cultural events in Africa. Each African country represented their culture through song and dance through the streets.

Date: Tuesday, October 24 & Wednesday, October 25
Venue: Emory University Campus

The film is One Voice featuring Douglas Turner Ward. More info to come.


“Social, Political Resistance and Healing:
The Power of Music”

Date: Sunday, Nov 5 (3 PM)
Venue: First Congregational Church (in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of the church celebrations)

Local ethnomusicologists, scholars and practicing artists participate in a panel discussion that focuses a historical lens on how music in its various forms is used as an instrument in fueling resistance movements. One can refer back to the time period of African enslavement and slavery in the New World, during the Civil Rights and Anti-Apartheid Movements, up to the present as evidence of the power of music.


“Intersecting Disciplines: Visual Arts/Music”

Date: Saturday, September 30 (5 PM – 7 PM)
Venue: ZuCot Gallery

The NBAF’s Gallery series invites art enthusiasts to the ZuCot Gallery on September 30th.  Light refreshments provided with an exhibit tour and artist talk. The gallery visit will offer participants unique experiences that this year intersects the visual arts with music. “Pop-up” musical performances by young/emerging performers from AREA (Atlanta Resource for Entertainment and Arts) will feature different musical genres. The ZuCot Gallery which features the contemporary art of African American artists is located in the historic Castleberry Hill district near the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.