2010 Congo Square Rhythms Festival

Sunday, Nov 14, 2010
1:00 – 9:00 PM

The Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Admission: Free

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Saturday, Nov. 13
1 pm to 6 pm
Old U.S. Mint, Third Floor Auditorium
Please see below (following the Congo Square Rhythms music schedule) for complete details of the 2010 Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium


Sunday, Nov. 14
11 am to 7 pm
Old U.S. Mint

Haitian protest singer Manno Charlemagne – hailed by The New York Times as “the Bob Marley of Haiti” – will join many of the top world-music groups in the New Orleans for the fourth annual Congo Square Rhythms Festival on Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116).

There will also be plenty of great food, kids’ activities and a large crafts fair.

Admission is free.

The complete performance schedule is:
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Opening Drum Circle
12:45 pm to 1:45 pm Higher Heights
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm Kora Konnection
3:00 pm to 4:10 pm Bamboula 2000
4:30 pm to 5 p.m. Mardi Gras Indian Battle
5 p.m. to 5:45 pm Manno Charlemagne
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bill Summers’ Jazz Salsa

11:45 am to 12:05 pm N’Fungola Sibo African Dance Company
12:30 pm to 12:50 pm Culu African Dance Company
1:45 pm to 2:05 pm Third Eye Theatre
2:45 pm to 3:05 pm N'Kafu African Dance Company
3:30 pm to 3:50 pm Tekrema Dance Theatre
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm Seguenon Kone and Ivoire Spectacle
5:45 pm to 6:15 pm Kumbuka African Dance Company

Don't miss our other festival that weekend, Fiesta Latina. See all the details at www.fiestalatinanola.com.



Triumph of the Spirit:
Culture’s Role in Overcoming Tragedy in New Orleans and Haiti

Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010
The Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Ave.
Third Floor Auditorium
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Free admission

Schedule of Presentations:
1:00 p.m. Welcome: Maryse Dejean
1:15 p.m. Jean Montes
2:00 p.m. Alfred N. Hunt
2:45 p.m. Manno Charlemagne
3:15 p.m. Ned Sublette
3:45 p.m. Richard Auguste Morse
4:30 p.m. Ivan B. Watkins
5:00 p.m. Jessica B. Harris
6:00 p.m. Cocktail reception

Presenter Biographies:

Manno Charlemagne is a Haitian political folk singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist, lifelong political activist and former politician. He recorded his political chansons in both French and in Creole. He lived abroad in exile twice, both during the 1980s and again during the years 1991-1994, when the country was ruled by a military junta led by Raoul Cédras. In 1995, Charlemagne was elected mayor of Port-au-Prince after running as a candidate of Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Fanmi Lavalas political party. He was mayor until 1999.

Alfred N. Hunt is a professor of history at State University of New York at Purchase. He is the author of “Haiti’s Influence on Antebellum America,” in which he discusses the ways these immigrants affected southern agriculture, architecture, language, politics, medicine, religion, and the arts. He also considers how the events in Haiti influenced the American slavery-emancipation debate and spurred developments in black militancy and Pan-Africanism in the United States.

Jean Montès is a Haitian-born classical musician and Director of Orchestral Studies and Coordinator of Strings at Loyola University in New Orleans, where he conducts orchestral ensembles and teaches conducting and string pedagogy courses for music education majors. He is also Artistic Director of The Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO), where he conducts the Symphony Orchestra. He holds a bachelor's degree in cello performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, a masters in music education from the University of Akron, Ohio, and Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa.

Richard Auguste Morse is a Puerto Rican-born Haitian-American musician and hotel manager currently residing in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Morse manages the Hotel Oloffson, and is the founder of a mizik rasin band, RAM, named after his initials. Morse is married to the band's lead female vocalist, Lunise Morse, and has two children. Morse and his band are famous in Haiti for their political songs and performances critical of the Raoul Cédras military junta from 1991 to 1994. In more recent years, Morse has also criticized Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Fanmi Lavalas through his music. Morse graduated from Princeton University in 1979 with a degree in anthropology. Since moving the Haiti in 1985, Morse has been involved in the vodou community. The music he writes and performs is inspired by traditional vodou folk music, and incorporates the petwo drums and rara horns used in vodou ceremonies. Eventually, Richard Morse became so involved in the vodou religion through his music that he was initiated as a houngan, or vodou priest, in 2002.

Jessica B. Harris is an educator and culinary historian. She has a degree in French from Bryn Mawr College, a master's degree from Queens College and a Ph.D. from New York University. Dr. Harris is currently a professor of English at Queens College at the City University of New York. She is the founding director of the Ray Charles Program’s Institute for the Study of Culinary Cultures at Dillard University, New Orleans. She has also devoted her career to cuisine, writing on foods from around the world, often with a focus on African and Caribbean flavors. Her books include “The Welcome Table: African-American Heritage Cooking” and “Iron Pots and Wooden Spoons: Africa's Gifts to New World Cooking,” among others.

Ned Sublette is an American composer, musician and musicologist. He is the author “Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo” (2004), “The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square” (2008) and “The Year Before the Flood: A Story of New Orleans‎” (2009).

Ivan B. Watkins is an internationally recognized artist, filmmaker, and ethno-historian, born and raised in New Orleans. He is a graduate of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and holds a B.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago, an M.A. in social science from the University of Chicago and is completing a doctoral dissertation "How Red is your Indian: African & Indigenous Historic Uprisings & The Black Indians of New Orleans" at the University of New Orleans for a Ph.D. in Urban Studies.

Maryse Dejean is the volunteer and outreach coordinator for community radio station WWOZ. A native of Haiti, she has lived in New Orleans since 1982. She is also the founder of the New Haiti Project, and is active with many Haitian relief organizations.


Festival Fun:
Announcing the Congo Rumba Cocktail

Jessica Harris, our esteemed presenter on rum and its role as a connector of peoples (socially, politically and economically), has concocted a signature cocktail to commemorate our Congo Square Symposium. We hereby present the Congo Rumba!

1 1/2 oz. Old New Orleans Amber Rum
1 1/2 oz. mandarin liqueur
2 oz. passionfruit juice
2 oz. tangerine juice
Juice of one lime
Mandarin or tangerine slices
Fresh mint leaves

Blend all ingredients with ice in a shaker; shake well. Pour into a lowball glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint and mandarin (or tangerine) slices.

Be sure to enjoy the Congo Rumba at the festival!

The Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium and the Congo Square Rhythms Festival are produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, along with other revenues, for year-round programs in the areas of education, economic development and cultural events.

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2010 Congo Square Rhythms Festival gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

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