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!
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THE 25TH OSUN FESTIVAL FAQ
CELEBRATING THE 25TH OSUN FESTIVAL IN ATLANTA
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
GUEST INSTRUCTORS AND CONCERT PARTICIPANTS
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.
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 * email@example.com). . 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"