Community Alert: Kwanzaa: 2016 Entertainment Line Up


Alabama Mike opens first day of Kwanzaa, 2016 

@ the Museum of the African Diaspora 

 11th Kwanzaa Celebration, Umoja (Unity)

 Dec. 26th, 12 Noon 

The Village Project presents its 11th annual Kwanzaa celebration throughout San Francisco, with seven days of community events, starting on Dec. 26th, running through January 1st. Opening day takes place at the Museum of the Africa Diaspora at 12 Noon, with Alabama Mike performing and an exploration of the history of bay area blues. At the African American Arts & Culture Complex at 7 pm, The West Coast Blues Society is the headliner, with  more blues.  Striving to help heal our family, community and nation, each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba) will be highlighted.  There will be 15 free celebrations in 7 different neighborhoods.  This year, a celebration will again be held at the historical Jazz Heritage Center in the Fillmore at 1 pm., and at the new Bayview Opera House at 4 pm, both on Dec. 31st.  Each hosting organization will present exciting and enriching cultural programs, intended to both entertain and engage the entire family.  A spiritual ceremony – pouring of libations and honoring of ancestors will start each program and will be followed by a feast, live entertainment and the lighting of one of the seven candles of the Kinara. There will be plenty of artistic performances, food and community connectedness. The closing celebration will take place at Third Baptist Church at 1 pm and again at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church at 6 pm on Sunday, Jan.1st, with Fillmore Slim and the lighting of the last candle, Imani (faith). 

Umoja (unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. 


Alabama Mike


December 26th

12:00 Noon:  Alabama Mike will perform at the Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission @ 3rd Street.  Ronnie Steward of the West Coast Blues Society will reflect on the history of the Bay Area blues Scene.  The first candle, Umoja, will be lit.


7 pm: The West Coast Blues  Society will  kick-off Umoja at the AAACC, 762 Fulton @


West Coast Blues Society

Webster.  Join us for some west coast blues and enjoy a succulent feast!  There will be spoken word, along with Les Bantus Sissa Kongo  performing  African dance & drumming.




Kugichagulia (Self Determination):  To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves


Robert Thomas Simpson


December 27th

12 Noon: Thomas Simpson, founder and director of the Afrosolo Theater  will be the keynote speaker:  Uniting to heal our family, community & nation, at our City Hall Celebration. 



Derick Brown, Director of the Mayor’s Office of
Neighborhood  Service will host the event.



2 pm: Jikelele Dance Company and the Village Dancers will perform at Hamilton Rec b534dbe0-989f-4de6-9583-d3e623ad1290
Center, 1900 Geary @ Steiner.  Les Bantus Sissa Kongo is also scheduled  to perform  African dance & drumming. 

6 pm:  Spoken word and drumming will end Kujichagulia at the Bayview YMCA, 1601 Lane.

Ujima (Collective work & responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and solve them together.

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1 pm:  The Blues Ryders will perform at the Western Addition Senior Center, 1330 Turk
@ Fillmore, co-sponsored by the Western Addition Family Resource Center. 

4:30 pm:  Bernard Anderson will entertain with some rhythm & blues at IT Bookman Community Center, 446 Randolph @ Arch.  OMI Family Service Center will host this event.

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics:  To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.


Mr. “C”

December 29th

1:pm:  Mr. “C” will DJ at the Potrero Hill Family Services event,  at Star King Elementary School, 1215 Carolina. 


5 pm:  Sistah Iminah keynotes at the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkins.  Brotha Clint & Brotha Malik will pour libations, acknowledge our ancestors and light the 4th candle, Ujamaa.a28f9be2-e91e-4482-bb46-3d53b7db8590




Nia (Purpose)::  To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order Toto restore our people to their traditional greatness

December 30th

1 pm:  The San Francisco All Stars Dancers will headline at the Boys & Girls Club, 380 Fulton @ Gough.a7f97c5c-81e1-4474-992c-fd621b8e1942

4 pm:  The Prescott Circus will delight at Glide Memorial’s event, 330 Ellis.  Brotha Malik will drum, as Brotha Clint pours libations and lights 5th candle of the Nguzo Saba, Nia (Purpose).

Kuumba (Creativity)  To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.ca0dfc1d-3d29-4e9a-8312-4c6b4e50fcca.jpg

1:pm:  “Mr. “C” will be back on the set at The Jazz Heritage Center, 1330 Fillmore. The Success Center and Citizen Films will host Kuumba, with a traditional New Year’s Eve feast of black eyed peas and cabbage.

4 pm:  Kwanzz is back at the newly rennovated Bayview Opera House.   Les Bantus Sissa Kongo dancers will perform, as we light the 6th candle of the kinara, Kuumba (Creativity).

Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.61559397-88a3-4388-8717-aa4c32c985ce.jpg

January 1st

1 pm:  Mical Asefaw will debut as a powerful poet, at Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister @ Pierce.  Lighting of the 7th candle of Kwazaa will take place, followed by a succulent feast.

6 pm:  Fillmore Slim will close this year’s celebration at St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk @ Lyon Street.  We will light the last candle, Imani, (Faith), while grooving to some soulful blues from Fillmore Slim.  Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta, Chair of Africana Studies at San Francisco State, will again serve as MC.

Community Partners:

Bayview YMCA, The San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, The Museum of The African Diaspora (MOAD), Episcopal Charities, Citizen Films, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS), Glide Memorial Church, Boys & Girls Club, SF, Success Center – SF, The Bayview Opera House, Western Addition Family Resource Center,  African American Arts & Culture Center, OMI Family Resource Service Center, African American Holistic Wellness Program, San Francisco Travel, The Bayview Newspaper, The Fillmore Auditorium, IT Bookman Community Center, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Rec & Park, Hamilton Rec Center, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, Western Addition Senior Center, The Fillmore Center Apartments, Laramar, Third Baptist Church, MoMagic, KPIX TV- Channel 5, Charlie’s Pharmacy,  Potrero Hill Family Resource Center, Star King Elementary School,  Nia Soul Catering, Bill Graham Foundation, St. Mary’s of the Virgin, Bi-rite Market, The Laney College Department of Dance, KPOO Radio, KBLX, KISS FM, KMEL, The Village Dancers of the Crossroads,  Jikelele Dance Company, Cathedral Hill Plaza, Booker T Washington Community Center, and The Africana Studies Dept. @ S.F. State University.  Kwanzaa is partially funded by the Bayview Y, San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, The Bill Graham Foundation, and a grant from the Dept. of Public Health.  Special Thanks to Ms. Roberta McLauglin, Lissa Collier, LaKeisha Howard and Delaine Irvin.

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