Community Alert: Kwanzaa: 2017 Entertainment Line Up



Opening Day of Kwanzaa, 2017

@ City Hall

12th Kwanzaa Celebration, Umoja (Unity)

Dec. 26th, 12 Noon

The Village Project will present their 12th annual Kwanzaa celebrations throughout San Francisco, with seven days of community events, starting on Dec. 26th through January 1st.  Striving to heal, unite and strengthen our family, community and nation, we will celebrate each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba).  There will be 16 free events in 8 different neighborhoods. We are excited to add Booker T. Washington Community Center and RSSE to this year’s schedule. 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.  This year’s celebration will start at City Hall on Dec. 26th at 12 Noon, with Umoja (Unity) and end at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church on Jan. 1st at 6 pm with the lighting of the final candle, Imani (faith). Tia Carroll and Band will performed following the ceremony.

This year’s entertainment line-up begins with the St. Gabriel’s Brass Band, at the Museum of the African Diaspora on the Dec. 26th at 2 pm. They will complement MOAD’s current exhibits, “En Mas’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean” and “Otra Mas’, a photography exhibition honoring the long legacy of Carnaval San Francisco and its 40th Anniversary”. The other headliners are a myriad of rhythm & blues bands such as Fillmore Slim, Final Touch Band, The Silver Fox, Funk Star and Tia Carroll; dance artists, including The Village Dancers, the Talent All Stars & DNA Dance Tribe; spoken word artists from Project Level; drumming, featuring Bitezo and Bantus Sissa Kongo.  A  feast of savory delights will be a part of each ceremony. Bernard Anderson and his blues band will round out our first day of Kwanzaa, performing at the African American Arts and Culture complex at 7 pm, where the first candle of the Kinara will be lit for Umoja (unity). 



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


Tuesday, December 26th


Tuesday, Dec. 26th: 12 Noon, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Way, Rotunda, Keynote:  John Templeton, author and historian.  Umoja will again be hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services’ Director, Derick Brown.


2 pm:  The St. Gabriel’s BANDotramas-slider-100

 will perform at MOAD, bringing a New Orleans style processional to a carnival atmosphere, complementing MOAD’s current exhibits, “En Mas’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean” along with “Otra Mas’, a photography exhibition honoring the long legacy of Carnaval San 

Francisco and its 40th Anniversary”.

a92e8045-e2d9-4df7-b0d1-1a8ecbd936f57 pm: Bernard Anderson will  kick-off Umoja at the AAACC, 762 Fulton @ 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.

Wednesday, December 27th


2 pm: Les Bantus Sissa Kongo,DNA Dance Tribe, Briana Franklin and The Village Dancers will perform at Hamilton Rec Center, 1900 Geary @ Steiner.  

6 pm: Spoken word, drumming and the lighting of the second candle of the kinara will end the 2nd day of Kwanzaa,  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.

Thursday, December 28th

1 pm:  The Final Touch Band will entertain at the Western Addition Senior Center.  Co-sponored by the Western Addition Family Resource Center, this celebrarition will take place at 1390 Turk @ Fillmore

4 pm: Lighting of the 3rd candle of the kinara will also take place at Glide Memorial Church, 330 Ellis.silver fox

7 pm: 

The Silver Fox & Band will entertain with some rhythm & blues at RSSE, one of our new partners, at 1099 Sunnydale Avenue.

UJAMAA  (cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together

Friday, December 29th

4 pm: OMI Family Resource Center and Minnie & Lovie Rec Center will host Ujamaa, 650 Capitol @ Montana, performance by Star Funk Band.

Funk Star

6 pm: Success Center and Citizen Film will host the day’s second celebration at the WestBay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore @ Eddy, with a  performance by Fillmore SLIM

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NIA (purpose):  To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Saturday, December 30th

1:pm:  Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, 380 Fulton @ Gough, performance by the Talent All Stars.a7f97c5c-81e1-4474-992c-fd621b8e1942

3:00 pm:  Mr. “C” will DJ at the Protrero Hill Rec. Center, 801 Arkansas.  This Nia ceremony will be hosted by the Potrero Hill Family Resource Center.

6 pm:  Mr. “C” will also spin records at , Booker T. Washington Community Center, 800 Presidio @ Sutter,  with a performance by the Prescott Circus.

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.

Sunday, December 31st Bitezo

1 pm: Bitezo will perform at the  San Francisco Main Library, Koret Theater, 100 Larkin Street. 

4 pm: Third Baptist Church, 1366 McAllister @ Pierce will close Kuumba with music and spoken word by the youth.  

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.

Monday, January 1st

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


Community Partners:

Bayview YMCA, Museum of The African Diaspora (MOAD), Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS), Glide Memorial Church, Boys & Girls Club of SF, Success Center, SF, Citizens Films, Western Addition Family Resource Center,  Western Addition Senior, African American Arts & Culture Center, OMI Family Resource Center,  African American Holistic Wellness Program, SF Black Film Festival, San Francisco Travel, The Bayview Newspaper, The Fillmore Auditorium, Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Rec & Park, Hamilton Rec Center, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, The Fillmore Center Plaza, Third Baptist Church, MoMagic, KPIX TV- Channel 5, Charlie’s Pharmacy, Bi-Rite Markets,  Potrero Hill Family Resource Center, Potrero Hill Rec. Center, Nia Soul Catering, Bill Graham Foundation, St. Mary’s of the Virgin, Meadow Livingstone School, KPOO Radio, KBLX, KISS FM, KMEL, The Village Dancers of the Crossroads, Bayview/Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services, DCYF, Cathedral Hill Plaza, RSSE, Project Level, DNA Dance Tribe,  Booker T Washington Community Center, Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta and The Africana Studies Dept. @ S.F. State University  Kwanzaa is partially funded by the Bayview Y, Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Foundation, California Arts Council, and the Dept. of Public Health.  Special Thanks to Ms. Roberta McLauglin, Lissa Collier, John McCall and Delaine Irvin.

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