BurkinabÃ© Entertainment, LLC., is seeking to bring the exposure of African culture to new levels in New York City through the establishment of MAFRIKA FESTIVAL, (Music of Africa), an annual, outdoor music festival featuring both traditional and modern African musicians. BurkinabÃ© Entertainment aims to hold the first of these festivals on Sunday, June 4th, 2006, at Harlem, Marcus Garvey Park.
With thousands of Africans living in Harlem, and thousands more dispersed throughout the five boroughs of New York, it is surprising that large cultural events dedicated to the African Diaspora are so few and far between. The MAFRIKA FESTIVAL aims to fill this void by showcasing African musicians of diverse artistic sensibilities, chosen both from the Continent and from the Diaspora in America, so that they may bring together members of New York's many diverse communities in a celebration of African culture.
New York City, Harlem, one of the great cultural capitals of the world, was the logical choice for the first MAFRIKA FESTIVAL.
Harlem celebrated its African heritage during the Mafrika Festival, a day-long event that featured acts from all over that continent, going from reggae to rock, Arabic and other genres. Also on hand were a few food vendors showcasing delicacies from many countries, including lamb & rice, fried plantains and some desserts.When we arrived at the scene, Brooklyn-based Thunda Vida was finishing their roots-reggae set that seemed to have been appreciated by the audience, which varied from locals from the neighborhood to tourists and fans of each individual band.