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Joyce Adewumi 
New York African Chorus Ensemble Inc 


Sunday October 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM EDT
Thursday November 3, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT

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Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building 
163 W.125th Street
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
New York, NY 10027

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Dialogue: Africa Meets North America

 In Harlem

October 30 - November 3, 2011.


Dear Friends,
Due to the inclement weather of yesterday, all city Parks have been closed. Consequently, the memorial event scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 30th 2011, at the Crack Is Wack Playground to honor our ancestors has been pushed back to 4pm.
The scheduled performances and presentations will now hold at the Elmendorf Reformed Church located at 171 E.121st. Street.
The Monday to Thursday schedule of programs remains the same.
For more information, please call 646-345-4658.
Thank you!


To mark the United Nations’ International Year for People of African Descent


The New York African Chorus Ensemble Inc

In partnership with

 The Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force


Invites Everyone To Join Us For The International Conference & Festival

 Dialogue: Africa Meets North America In Harlem

 Sunday, October 30 – Wednesday, November 3, 2011 


We must become aware of the resources around us, dialogue, and plan how we are going to use our knowledge of self, culture, and technology to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.


Registration Fee: $70.00 for early registration, and $80 after October 15, 2011, for full conference (fee covers symposia, and performances only). Pre-registration is required.

Payment is only online ( see payment option in this email) or by mail to New York African Chorus Ensemble, Hamilton Grange Post Office P.O. Box 195, New York, NY 10031. Please send money order or certified checks only and memo “Dialogue”. Seats are limited.


 Sunday, October 30, 2011 Memorial Schedule 11:00am – 7:00pm


Location: Crack is Wack Playground, East 127th Street, 2nd Avenue and Harlem River Drive.

Directions: Take the M15 to E.125th and 2nd Avenue and walk to 127th Street.

11:00am – 11:20am                         Drum Libations- Akosua African Dance and Drum Troupe: The Living Legend (Mount Vernon, NY) led by Baba Abishai.

 11:25pm -  11:45pm                         Village Drums of Freedom led by Baba Jerry

11:50pm – 12:10pm                         Yvette Jones-   Ancestral Horizons, Traditional African Dance and Drumming.

12:13pm 12:25 pm                           Bokande African-American Dance Theatre

12:30pm -12: 45pm                          Garifuna Coalition

12: 47pm – 1:00pm                          Village Drums of Freedom led by Baba Jerry

1:05pm – 1:15pm                             STATEMENT OF OCCASSION: 

Hon. Marion L. Bell (NYS United Teachers Delegate for District 4 & Manhattan New York County Judicial Delegate)

1:18pm – 1:24pm                             Tokunbo Talabi – Poetry

1:26pm – 1:33pm                             Joseph Parker (Voice)

 Go Down Moses………………….by Walter Damrosch

1:35pm – 1:45pm                             “Lift Every Voice and Sing” sung by all and led by Marion L. Bell


1:55pm – 2:00pm                             Borough President Scott Stringer

2:00pm – 2:05pm                             Congressman Charles Rangel

2:05pm – 2:08pm                             Hon. Matthew S. Washington (Chair Manhattan Community Board 11)

2:16pm – 2:21pm                             Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito

2:22pm – 2:27pm                             Council Member Inez Dickens

2:37pm – 2:45pm                             Message from other church leaders whose members were buried at the African Burial Ground.

2: 47pm – 2:57pm                            Desiree Garner (Voice)

 His eye is on the sparrow………by Charles H. Gabriel

3:00pm – 3:15pm                             Rev. Dr. Patricia Singletary (Memorial message)

3:18pm – 3:28pm                             New York African Chorus Ensemble

 Cry for the land…………………….by Joyce Adewumi 

3:30pm – 3:50pm                             Chief Priest, Dr. Atanda (Connecting the departed Africans back to Africa).

4:00pm – 4:30pm                             Move to the Elmendorf Reformed Church

            171 E.121st Street bet. Lexington and 3rd Avenues.


5:00pm – 5:10pm                 Welcome by Rev. Dr. Singletary

5:10pm – 5:25pm                 Janise White and the Afro- American Chamber Music Society Orchestra.

Motherless Child......................Janise White arranger

Swing Low................................Janise White, composer

5:30pm – 5:35pm                 Borough President Scott Stringer

5:40 – 6:00pm                       Emme Kemp (piano)

 Who did it, when, and where?

6:05pm – 6:25pm                 Eric V. Tait Jr.

Then I’ll Be Free To Travel Home

6:27pm – 6:45pm                 T.Rasul Murray

African Burial Grounds: Some Findings And Needed Protection.

7:00pm                Announcements


 Contact Joyce @ 212-862-4858 or email: joyce@nyafricanensemble.com.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from individual donors, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Council Member Inez E. Dickens, 9th Council District, Speaker Christine Quinn and the New York City Council, the Office of General Services of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, New York Council for the Humanities, and Harlem Arts Alliance. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



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Conference Schedule               Monday, October 31, 2011

8:am – 8:45am                     Registration

Venue:                                   State Office Building 2nd Floor Art Gallery

                                                163 West 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.

Venue:                                   State Office Building 8th Floor Rooms.


9:10am - 9:35am                 Prof. Kimasi Browne (Asuza Pacific University):  Transculturalarity among Musicians and Scholars of the African Diaspora: Akin Euba’s Dialogue in Music as Africa Meets North America in Harlem Symposium and Festival.”

9:40am – 10:05am              Dr. Clarence Henry (Henry Center for Multicultural Education & Global Research): The Sacred and Secular: The Spirits of African Ancestors in North American Jazz.

10:10am – 10:35am            Chief Dr. Ifagbenusola Atanda (Healing and Teaching Temple of African Faith): The Traditional African Perspective on Slavery.


11:05pm – 12:05pm                      

Panel 1: African Influences In North America Music 

2:00pm – 3:20pm               

Panel  2: North American influences in African contemporary  Music, and Reggae and American’s reactions to them.

3:15pm – 4:40pm               

Panel 3: Lessons to be learned from Nigerian Traditional and Modern music

6:00PM                                  Concert at Our Lady Of Lourdes Church

463 West 142nd Street between Convent and Amsterdam Avenues. Take 1,A,B,C,D Train to 145th Street or M100 or M101 to 143 and Amsterdam Avenue.



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

8:00am – 9:00am                Registration

Venue:                                   State Office Building  2nd Floor Gallery

9:15am – 10:30am               

Venue:                                   State Office Building 8th Floor

Panel 3: Preserving and Interpreting African Traditional Dance   

11:10am – 12:30pm             

Panel 4: The growth of Gospel Music in Africa

Venue:                                   Harlem State Office Building 8th Floor            

Panel  5  Literacy specialists reflect on African music: From indigenous lore to continuity [at home and music Diaspora].

Venue:                                   Harlem State Office Building 8th Floor


Brief Highlights:


• FREE Sun. October 30th from 11am -7pm -  Join us as we pay homage to our ancestors on whose shoulders we stand. Drummers, singers, dancers, spoken word artists, elected officials, diplomatic community, local and international guests, and the general public will gather together for a historic memorial ceremony for our African ancestors who built Harlem and indeed New York City, but who are underneath the Bus Depot at E.126th Street and 2nd Avenue. The memorial starts at 11am at the Crack is Wack Playground at 127th Street and 2nd Avenue, & continues 4:30pm at the Elmendorf Reformed Church located at 171 E.121st Street bet. Lexington and 3rd Avenues. Speakers include Congressman Rangel, Rev. Dr. Singeltary, Chief Dr. Atanda, Hon. Matthew S. Washington, Hon. Marion L. Bell, Dr. Clarence Henry, Eric V.Tait Jr, T. Rasul Murray with performances by  Aaron Joseph Parker, Desiree Garner, Tokunboh Talabi, Village Drums of Freedom, Bokande Africa-American Dance Theater, Afro American Music Chamber Orchestra, Emme Kemp, New York African Chorus Ensemble with Loretta Abbott and Nami Kagami, and many more.


• Mon. October 31st at the Harlem State Office Building from 9am -5pm:  Chief  Dr. Atanda from Nigeria will present an address entitled ‘The traditional African perspective on Slavery’. More panel discussions occur throughout the day and conclude with an international concert from 6pm-9pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Church located at 463 W.142nd Street between Convent and Amsterdam Avenues. Performers include Joyce Moorman, O'dyke Nzewi, L'Antoinette Stines, Janice White, Laura Falzon, John Robison, New York African Chorus Ensemble and many more.


• Tues. November 1st at the Harlem State Office Building from 9am -5pm:  Panel discussions, round table discussions involving the literary leaders in African Music. The day concludes with a reception and Awards Ceremony honoring Dr. Randy Weston, Prof. Nketia, Prof. Akin Euba,  

 Prof. Meki Nzewi, Prof. Kofi Agawu, Prof. Mosunmola Obidike, and Doris Green which is scheduled from 6pm – 9pm. Performance by Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble.


• Wed. November 2nd at the Harlem State Office Building from 9am -5pm: An international business forum to facilitate cultural exchanges between Africa and New York. Special guest speakers include Dr. Randy Weston, great Jazz pianist; Voza Rivers -Chairman, Harlem Arts Alliance; Dr. Dolores McCray, V.P. Amalgamated Bank; Dr. Martha Vega, Caribbean Cultural Center; Beatrice Sibblies, Bos Development LLC; Rev. Richards of Abyssinian Church;  Bro. John Watusi Branch of African Poetry Theater, Dr. Chike Onyeani, publisher African SunTimes; Ade Olufeko, and other leaders from cultural  organizations in the United States and Africa . The evening is rounded off with “Slave Warrior”, a film by Oliver Mbamara which reveals real untold accounts of Slavery.


  • Thur. November 3rd Closing, based on number of participants begins at 9am and ends at 12pm.