Music festival celebrates Gullah/Geechee legacy

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CHARLESTON, SC (PRESS RELEASE) –  The 13th Annual “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival”  soundS the drums in Charleston, SC August 3-5, 2018.  This three day authentic celebration of the history, legacy, culture, and music of the Gullah/Geechee Nation is themed “Disya da Gullah/Geechee” this year.  The events will take place at the Charleston Music Hall and the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry.  Event passes are available at

This year the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music and Movement Festival  will feature artist, Quadré Stuckey and also the link between the Sea Islands and Barbados.  They are partnering with “Visit Barbados” to host this official international celebration of the Gullah/Geechee Nation in South Carolina this year and next year  in Barbados where this historic reconnection will continue.   Winston Farrell will be flying in to Charleston represent his country through history, spoken word, and song.

Wona Womalan African drummers and dancers will lead the drum call and Khetnu Nefer will lead a traditional dance class.   The cast of “Gullah/Geechee Knows Emanuel” and Ernest Parks will provide dramatic presentations.   There will also be a showing of the new documentary by Two Lane Films, “Protect.”

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation who is a co-founder of the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival along with Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions host the event.  She will also do a Gullah/Geechee history-musical presentation.  The entire event will be a choreopoem taking the audience on a journey through the Gullah/Geechee legacy.

All advance passes include Gullah/Geechee cuisine created by Chef Benjamin Dennis and Frydaddy of “Chucktown Mobile.” So, advance passes are recommended.  Gwine ef hunnuh wan go.

The entire weekend will close with a massive drumming circle at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry in downtown Charleston.  The will be to honor the Gullah/Geechee ancestors that fought to hold on to their cultural traditions.  Disya da Gullah/Geechee!  Bring hunnuh famlee!

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