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Prelude in the Parks Festival: Performances for the Planet

June 7, 6 pm8 pm.
Free
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Friday, June 7 @ 6pm

QUEENS – Hunters Point South Park, Long Island City (Meet at Overhang. Enter the park at 56th Avenue and Center Blvd.) 

Sidiki Conde and his Tokounou Ensemble in “Guinean Environmental Stewardship Traditions” (Music) Presented in collaboration with Hunters Point Park Alliance

 

NEA Heritage Fellow Sidiki Conde and his Tokounou Ensemble present Guinean environmental stewardship traditions to address the global climate crisis through song. Conde, best known for his remarkable drumming and dancing despite the loss of his legs to polio as a child, is a spiritual authority called a “Sundousou” for his ancestral village, Mancellia in Guinea, West Africa. He is one of this tradition’s last keepers of stories who, to this day, is called upon by village community members to perform baby naming, funeral, and marriage ceremonies. As his mother speaks the language of birds, Conde’s particular spirit familiar (a kind of “spirit animal”) is the “dugah,” or the vulture, whose funeral songs celebrate the passing of great leaders.

This performance is part of

PRELUDE IN THE PARKS: PERFORMANCES FOR THE PLANET JUNE 7-9

A city-wide, three day pop-up festival of environmental art-works by artists addressing environmental & climate change issues.

Presented by The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at The Graduate Center CUNY,

 co-curated by Frank Hentschker and Robin Schatell

Location:

Center Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101 United States