2013 Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival

Mar 23–24, 2013
Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24 - 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., both days
Louis Armstrong Park
901 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Admission: Free

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March 23-24, Armstrong Park
Free Admission

Popular Brooklyn-based bhangra funk band Red Baraat and the great Cuban percussionist/singer Pedrito Martinez will be among the featured performers at the sixth annual Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, March 23-24 in New Orleans' Armstrong Park.

The Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival is one of the cultural enrichment events produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. This event showcases the music and culture of the African Diaspora, tracing the musical voyage from Africa to the Caribbean and the Gulf South.

Also performing will be the Stooges Brass Band, plus the New Orleans-based Africa Brass in a special collaboration with local Cuban jazz group OTRA. And don't miss the Cuban percussionist and bandleader Alexey Marti, who slayed the crowd at our Jazz Journey concert with Chucho Valdes last November.

This year we will present a special performance by - and tribute to - the legendary conga player Alfred "Uganda" Roberts, a New Orleans music icon who is perhaps best known for his work as a member of Prof. Longhair's band. We're also pleased to host once again our annual "battle" of the Mardi Gras Indians, featuring three tribes from  around the city showing off their feathers and finery.

The festival takes place in conjunction with the second annual Class Got Brass competition for Louisiana middle and high school brass bands.


















Saturday, March 23
11:00 am to 11:10 am        LEAF Jazz Band at Delta House, Asheville, NC
11:10 am to 12:00 pm        African Drum Circle - bring your drum and join in
12:00 am to 12:30 pm        Moyuba
12:30 pm to 12:45 pm        Delta House Life Development After School Dance Enrichment Program
12:45 pm to 1:00 pm          Culu Children's Traditional African Dance
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm            Tribute to Alfred "Uganda" Roberts
2:00 pm to 2:15 pm            N'Kafu African Dance
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm            Alexey Marti
3:15 pm to 4:00 pm            Mardi Gras Indian Battle
4:00 pm to 5:45 pm            Africa Brass with OTRA 
5:45 pm to 6:00 pm            N'Fungola Sibo African Dance
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm            Pedrito Martinez Group

Sunday, March 24 
11:00 am to 12:00 pm         African Dance with Guest Artist Chuck Davis - everyone is welcome
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm          The Zion Harmonizers
1:00 pm to 1:15 pm            Third Eye Theater Dance
1:15 pm to 2:15 pm            Bamboula 2000
2:15 pm to 2:30 pm            Tekrema Dance Theater
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm            Kumbuka African Dance Collective 
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm            CLASS GOT BRASS battle of the school brass bands
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm            Stooges Brass Band with special guests Dee-1 and 3D Na'Tee
6:00 pm to 6:15 pm            Truth Universal
6:15 pm to 7:45 pm            Red Baraat


You won't want to miss our 70th birthday salute to a stalwart of New Orleans percussion, the great conga player Alfred "Uganda" Roberts, Saturday, March 23, at 1:00 pm.

It's a special one-hour concert in three parts. The first features Uganda doing a selection of songs Uganda performed with Professor Longhair, with an all-star band that includes:
Alfred "Uganda" Roberts, congas
Mario Abney,trumpet
Red Morgan, saxophone and flute
Eugene Harding, drums
Seizo Shibayama, electric guitar
Tom Worrell, piano
Leou Williams, bass

Then comes a selection of Uganda's arrangements of classic tunes with an African and Latin jazz tinge.

Finally, we'll have a "Raising the Roof of the Sky" drum summit featuring these guests:
Cyril Neville
Jonathan Bloom
Alexey Marti
Pedrito Martinez
Michael Skinkus
Stanton Moore

As we've done since the beginning, we'll stage a "battle" of three Mardi Gras Indian tribes, each from a different part of New Orleans, who will gather in the square for a display of their feathered finery and songs. Look for it from 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 23. The participating tribes this year are:

Red Hawk Hunters, 9th Ward
Hard Head Hunters, Downtown
Geronimo Hunters, Uptown



Don't miss our second annual competition of middle school and high school brass bands called Class Got Brass. It'll be part of the festival from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

It's a program to support music education in the schools while also promoting our cultural traditions. There will be 17 bands performing in a contest - in the form of a second-line parade through Armstrong Park - with a who's who of brass band musicians as celebrity judges. At stake are more than $20,000 worth of instruments for the winning schools' band programs.

For more about Class Got Brass, see the full web site here. Or check out this video documentary of last year's event here. And you can see which schools are competing this year here.


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Congo Square Rhythms Festival Archive:

2019's Line-up and Festival Details
2018's Line-up and Festival Details
2017's Line-up and Festival Details
2016's Line-up and Festival Details
2015's Line-up and Festival Details
2014's Line-up and Festival Details
2013's Line-up and Festival Details
2012's Line-up and Festival Details
2010's Line-up and Festival Details
2009's Line-up and Festival Details

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2013 Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.