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2023 Day of the Ancestors: 
Festival of Masks

Seeds of the Village 

Celebration: Sunday, June 25, 2023 at 12 pm
Leimert Park People's Street

2-6pm|Performances & DJ Adé and Utopia


Performances by
SHINE Muwasi, Jimetta Rose and Voices of Creation, Mama Laura’sMighty Balls of Fire, Torrence Brannon & His Everything with Soul Band,Billy Higgins Tribute Ensemble, UTOPIA, AND MORE!


Honoring Ancestors
Amber Tell, Ras G, Laura Mae Gross,
Richard Fulton and Billy Higgins

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 we are all seeking after two years in a global pandemic. 


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.  

Seeds of the Village Saturdays 
Connect with the Ancestors - body, mind, spirit and community
Every Saturday from May 13 - June 24, 2023

Honor your Ancestors on our
LA Commons Altar

African and Diaspora Dance

King Daunté "Nabi" Fyall and DAANSEKOU

Leimert Park People's Street

11:00 am

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 and Maria Elena Cruz

Leimert Park People's Street

12:00 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 Cruz and Ronieka Pinkney 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. 

African & Diaspora Drumming

with Mama Nene

Rene Fisher-Mims

The World Stage

2:30 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 who made

the 2023 Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks possible

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

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