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Thiossane (cha-sahn):

Looking Back, Moving Forward

This year at Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks, experience Thiossane, the Senegalese way of taking cues from the past to live well in the present.

Leimert Park's Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Mask is an annual celebration of our ancestors and an invocation for the South Central LA community. Founded in 2010 by artists Najite Agindotan and Ben Caldwell in collaboration with LA Commons, Festival of Masks is a multicultural, multigenerational, and multimedia arts event that champions the vast identities of the African diaspora. 

Join us this summer as Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks goes online to celebrate the rich traditions of the African Diaspora and connect you with Black creatives from across the globe. 

 

  

Community Arts Workshops

Sankofa Arts with Ranika Adachi

Saturdays 11 am - 12 pm PDT, May 8 - June 12

Build community as you explore the arts of Senegal and the African Diaspora to create art that celebrates ancestors.

The workshop is free and the art will be featured in the virtual procession at the annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks.

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Diaspora Dialogue: Senegal

April 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm (PDT)

Watch the Event Below

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Malik Sow has had a long association with Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks as a sought after leader on the drum. Born in Dakar, Senegal, into the Fulani tribe, Malik comes from a long line of musicians and griots. Born to be a drummer, he has performed across tribes and in major companies throughout West Africa before coming to America, along with teaching others, since 1960.

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One of Malik's best students is his son Magatte Fall, who also began performing at an early age - two to be exact. Now a Grammy winning artist for his work with Angelique Kidjo, he, like his father, has made a name for himself as a drummer. In addition to Ms. Kidjo, he has performed with an impressive roster of major recording artists including Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Baaba Maal. One of his most exciting gigs was on the soundtrack for the Black Panther. He has also performed at Day of the Ancestors. We can't wait to see these two in conversation at our Diaspora Dialogue on April 18th. 

Ancestor Mask Making

with Maria Elena Cruz

Saturdays 1 pm - 2 pm PDT, May 8 - June 12

Design and create your own mask as you learn about masks of the Senegal region and make a mask to honor your ancestors.

The workshop is free and the art will be featured in the virtual procession at the annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks.

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Thank you to all of our partners who makes the Festival of Masks possible: 

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2021 Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks is supported, in part, by: 

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