Mark your calendar! September 19/20 2015 New York’s La Marina will have the first annual AfrikCan celebration to raise cultural awareness and display the beauty of our continent!
When positivity meets creativity!
From music to literature without forgetting food tasting, and fashion it promises to be one exciting and memorable festival. There is something for everyone! No one was forgotten!! It’s a generational mix between established artists, as well as, up rising stars. An incredible line up that includes Jidenna, The Nubians, Wiyaala, Young Paris, Wizkid, Ayo, Lira and many more… Coming from all over Africa they will take us on a musical safari… It’s definitely Africa’s finest!!!
But who is Marie-Claude Mendy?
Marie Claude Mendy is the driving force and founder of this festival. She moved to the US in the 90’s. Few years later, she opened Teranga a Senegalese restaurant in Boston. Keen entrepreneur she says “Music is an integral part of my DNA. I was introduced to it the day I was born and it plays such an important part in African culture. Without the right music it just wouldn’t be a festival!”
She also tells us a little bit about her “I grew up in Senegal, and there were three huge things in our culture: food, fashion and music,” Mendy explains. “Even in a poor household, when they entertain the meals are amazing. They dress up in the finest fashions. There’s always music, and I grew up with reggae, Cuban, Brazilian, soukouss, zouk, soul, salsa, disco. That was in Dakar, but you’ll find stories like that all over Africa. That’s what we’re showing here, we’re representing all the regions of the continent, from Dakar to Dar es Salaam, from the Cape to Cairo.”
See you there!