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2024 Day of the Ancestors: 
Festival of Masks

Bese Saka, Our Wealth
is Our Togetherness

Join us to experience an active connection with cultures rooted in Africa, through drumming, dancing, chanting, mask making, food and healing arts and, to find the sense of wholeness and well-being.


Be affirmed and find community as we come together to honor those who have passed on with art and performances that reflect their spirit and cement their legacy as ongoing guides for positive living.  


Leimert Park | 12 PM

Festival Day: June 30, 2024


Community Workshop Saturdays 
Connect with the Ancestors - body, mind, spirit and community
Every Saturday from May 11 - June 29, 2024

African and Diaspora Dance

King Daunté "Nabi" Fyall and DAANSEKOU

Leimert Park People's Street

11:00 am-12:00pm

Join King Daunté "Nabi" Fyall in an African Dance workshop where you learn and experience the healing powers and cultural wisdom intrinsic in African Dance. 

Daunté "KINGTAE" Fyall works closely with inner city youth while also maintaining corporate private and individual group sessions. He promotes the development of Ancestral knowledge through love, tradition, family, community, unity, and movement. With an affinity for cultural education, "KINGTAE"is on a quest to empower others to discover a great self awareness through light, love, and positive energy. 

Ancestor Mask Making

Ronieka Pinkney, Maria Elena Cruz, and Aiysha Sinclair

Leimert Park People's Street

12:00-2:00 pm

Make masks and headpieces that are infused with culturally relevant stories from the past, reflections​ from the present, and visions of the future. Maria Elena CruzRonieka Pinkney, and Ayisha Sinclair lead this journey to imagine and create art that will be featured in the annual day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks at the Leimert Park Art Walk. 

 West African and Diaspora Family Music, Song, and Sound

with Mama Nene

Rene Fisher-Mims

The World Stage

2:00-3:00 pm

Join Mama Nene, or Rene Fisher-Mims, for African Drumming at the famed World Stage. 

Mama Nene is one of the lead artist organizers of the Festival of Masks. She is a dancer, vocalist, hair stylist, master percussionist and founder of the women's drum circle S.H.I.N.E. Muwasi (Sister's Healing, Inspiring, Nurturing, and Empowering in the Hands of God). Mama Nene teaches drum workshops every Thursday evening at The World Stage in Leimert Park Village. 

Thank you to our partners

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Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks is supported by our funders and donors

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