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2022 Osun Festival

Updated: Sep 10, 2022

25th Osun Festival: a milestone celebration

September 9 - 10 - 11 , 2022

To commemorate this milestone, this year festival will see the presence of the various countries that share the same culture of celebrating Osun: Brazil, Nigeria, Haiti. Manga African Dance will also presente the bata drum through the drum class. The bata drum in the Osogbo region (Nigeria) where Osun is celebrated every year has a very important place and significance.This article here demonstrates it.

Theme colors: wear WHITE, GOLD, or RED. Be festive!


25th Osun Festival Tickets


FAQ Osun Festival 2022- Participants - 2022
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The festival will run for 3 days from Friday, September 9 to Sunday, September 11, 2022.

3 locations will hold these activities:

  • the West End Performing Arts Center (WEPAC)

945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30310

  • The Emma Darnell Aviation Museum and Conference Center (former Aviation Community Cultural Center).

3900 Aviation Cir NW, Atlanta, GA 30336

  • The Little Five Points Center for the Arts and the Community AKA L5PCAC.

1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307


Manga’s 25th Annual Osun Festival

9/9/2022 @ the West End Performing Arts Center

10:30am - 11:15am: Mini Osun concert for seniors and students

6-8 pm: community forum

9/10/2022 @ Emma Darnell Aviation Museum and Conference Center

12pm - 1:30pm: Sekere class (learn to play demo)

1:40pm - 2:40pm: Bata drum class

8pm - 10pm: concert

9/11/2022 @ Little Five Points Center for the Arts and the Community

10am- 11:30am: Brazilian Orisa dance

11:45 - 1:15am: Yoruba (Orisa) dance

1:30pm - 3:00pm: Haitian dance


Egbe Sekere of Atlanta


Egbe Aña of Atlanta


NGOLO Movement Arts

Ijo Ugo of Manga Ohio

The bata drum

Other drums used during the celebration of Osun festival, also as important as the bata ( on the floor in photos 1 and 2), are the taliking drum (drum with the shoulder strap) and the dundun (set of 3 drums constitute the drums base). The pictures below show the 3 drums.


Adebisi Adeleke

Master Yoruba Talking Drummer

Baba Bisi, a fourth generation Yoruba Master Drummer of Nigeria, has been an integral part of MANGA‘s Annual Osun Festival for over 23 years. During the past many decades Baba Bisi has been dedicated to helping others understand the powerful role of the drum within the African culture.

Baba Bisi‘s presence is missed as we wish him a speedy recovery, sending our prayers and positive thoughts. For financial contributions to assist in his medical support please text Otunba Alani Ogunlade (404-210-9586), Dr. Mama Theresa (404-931-3861) or Chief Ramatu Afegbua Sabbatt (404-462-5723 * . Baba Bisi is playing the talking drum in photos below.


We would like to acknowledge our supports.

"This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of theGeorgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency

- the National Endowment for the Arts."

Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioner.

Funding provided (or funded in part) by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

"This program is supported in part by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs"

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