OSUN FESTIVAL

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The Osun (pronounced O-shoon) Festival honors the Yoruba river goddess, Osun. The festival features African drum, dance, tradition and theatre.  This performance allows young people to see youth their own age performing traditional African cultural traditions and exposes them to African culture. It is a fabulous production that transports the audience on a journey to West Africa. The inspirational production is presented each August almost simultaneously with the annual Osun Festival held in Oshogbo, Nigeria. The Atlanta Osun Festival originated in 1998 as the artistic collaboration of dancer Ramatu Afegbua-Sabbatt and Adebisi Adeleke, Master of the Talking Drum. 

Forum

The public community forum that precedes our annual performance has been an integral part of our programming since 1998 and was established as an educational platform to discuss the influence, practice, and preservation of indigenous African traditions in the diaspora.

The panel is to share facts, offer opinions and respond to questions either through questions curated by the moderator or taken from the audience directly.

Yoruba dance class

Osun dances are the ritualistic dances  of Praise. They are dances of celebration and expression to the Yoruba deity and mother fruitfulness.  Osun is  an embodiment of love, beauty, wealth, intimacy, diplomacy.  She represents the freshwater from the ocean, and is celebrated every year in Osugbo. Among the dances dedicated to Osun, the 

Agbebe dance showcases the ritual object most associated with Osun, a secular fan that she uses as a source of authority and symbol of control.

Agbegbe dance is an energetic dance but gracefully displayed.

Concert

The concert is a production that displays, drumming, songs, acting, theatre, and energetic dances. The production protrays the faboulus festival held in Osogbo every August of each  year.

Thank You!

Manga would like to thank

  • the community 

  • the panelists

  • the donors

  • our supporters and sponsors

  • our Atlanta and Ohio members 

  • our board 

for making the 24th Osun festival another meaningful event.

See You Next Time

Osun Festival over the years

2021- 24rd Osun festival
2021- 24rd Osun festival

2021 Segese

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2020- 23rd Osun festival
2020- 23rd Osun festival

23rd Baba Bisi

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2019- 22nd Osun festival
2019- 22nd Osun festival

2019 Iya Ajimoro

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2018- 21st Osun festival
2018- 21st Osun festival

2018 Gbeni Gbeni

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2017- 20th Osun festival
2017- 20th Osun festival

2017- Osun Ssogbo Eleyele Aro

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2016-19th Osun festival
2016-19th Osun festival

2016- Osun Olowa Aremo

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2015- 18th Osun festival
2015- 18th Osun festival

2015 Oladekoju Ewuji

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2014- 17th Osun festival
2014- 17th Osun festival

2014- AWEDE WEMO

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2013- 16th Osun festival
2013- 16th Osun festival

2013 Omi-Ero

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2004 7th Osun festival
2004 7th Osun festival

2004- Olomo Yo Yo

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2003 6th Osun festival
2003 6th Osun festival

2003- Someone with Diamond Combs

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2001 4th Osun Festival
2001 4th Osun Festival

2001

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1999 5th Osun festival
1999 5th Osun festival

1999

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1998- 4th Osun festival
1998- 4th Osun festival

1998- Odun Osun

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2021 OSUN FESTIVAL


24th Annual Osun Festival

  •  3 Days Until the 24th Annual Osun Festival

 

  • Tickets  9/18 Outdoor Concert  now ONLY $15.

 

100% of proceeds support Manga African Dance: an Atlanta-based 501(c)3 whose mission is to preserve indigenous African Culture through the arts.

 

Consider donating.

STAY CONNECTED
Follow us on Volume.com/mangadance for a series of conversations about Osun festival. Free Admission. (Save the dates and join us)

 

  • Introduction of Osun: Thursday, July 29 @ 5-6pm

  • Interview with Praise Ekeng/Shango:  Thursday, August 12 @ 5-6pm

  • Manga African Dance Osun Festival and the Community: Thursday, August 26 @ 5-6pm

  • Ticket, donation info, and more: Thursday, September 9 @ 5-6pm

  • Matinee performance preview, and meet the performers: Friday, September 17 @ 10am

 

The forum is accessible on Zoom streaming (virtual). Link provided in the Google form.

 

TICKETS for concert available for purchase at Manga website & Eventbrite September 18

  • Tickets  website

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September 17 &18, 2021
@Little Five Points Community Arts Center (L5PCAC)
1083 Austin Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

 

2020 OSUN FESTIVAL

Friday, December 11 @ 6pm:  Forum (free admission)

 

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 @ 2pm: Yoruba dance classes

 

Saturday 12 @ 7pm & Sunday 13  @ 5pm: Virtual Concert

This year's Osun festival is dedicated to Baba Bisi Adeleke

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Bisi Adeleke has been Manga's talking drum player for the annual Osun for about 23 years.
     Born in Yorubaland, Nigeria, into the lineage of professional Praise Talking Drummers, Adebisi Adeleke is a fourth- generation Master drummer who learned the art from his father.
     "Bisi" was educated in his native Nigeria at the University of Ibadan. He was a Yoruba music teacher in the music department of the Polytechnic, Ibadan, Nigeria. Bisi toured the United States, Holland, West Germany, and Japan with Showcase Ensemble University of Ibadan. He was featured as talking drummer in the film Kongi's Harvest, written by Wole Soyinka, Nobel Poet Laureate.
     A former artist in residence at the university of Washington's Ethnomusicoloy Division, he lives in Atlanta, GA, and participated in that city's 1996 Cultural Olympiad. He performed with the former Young Audiences Program of the Woodruff Arts Center for 14 years. Adeleke's personal mission is to explain the role of the drum in  African culture.

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