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Congo Square Rhythms Festival coming up in March

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In a celebration of the music and culture of the African diaspora as well as the cultural diversity of New Orleans, the seventh annual Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival is coming up next month.

And once again the Jazz & Heritage Festival & Foundation has put together a program just bursting with music, dance, food, and an arts and crafts market. Come out to watch the annual "battle" of Mardi Gras Indian tribes and the Class Got Brass competition, and both days of the fest will begin with drum circles that are open to join.

The 2014 Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival will take place on Saturday March 22 and March 23 from 11 A.M. to 7 P.M. daily, and takes place at Louis Armstrong Park.

The schedule is as follows...

Saturday, March 22
11:00 am to 11:40 am Latin Drum Circle – bring your drum and join in
11:40 am to 12:00 pm Bombazo Dance Co.
12:00 pm to 12:45 pm Zion Trinity
12:45 pm to 1:00 pm Culu & N'Kafu Traditional African Dance
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Buku Broux – eclectic electric kora ensemble
2:00 pm to 2:15 pm Tekrema Dance Theater
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm Los Caballeros del Son
3:15 pm to 4:00 pm Kokanko Sata – singer and kora player from Mali
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Boukman Eksperyans from Haiti
5:30 pm to 6:00 pm Battle of the Mardi Gras Indians
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Red Baraat

Sunday, March 23
11:00 am to 11:40 am African Drum Circle – bring your drum and join in
11:40 am to 12:00 pm Bombazo Dance Co.
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Bamboula 2000
1:00 pm to 1:15 pm N'Fungola Sibo Dance Theater
1:15 pm to 2:15 pm NationBeat plus Cha Wa
2:15 pm to 2:45 pm Kokanko Sata from Mali
2:45 pm to 3:00 pm Kumbuka African Dance Ensemble
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm CLASS GOT BRASS contest of student brass bands and
Trombone Shorty Horn Give-Away
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Hot 8 Brass Band
6:00 pm to 6:30 pm 3D Na’Tee
6:30 p.m. to 7:00 pm Dee-1
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm DJ Mannie Fresh with special guests

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