Afros, dreadlocks, short cuts, bantu knots, and colorful, majestic African head gears graced the dance floor at the Mafrika Music Festival on Sunday, June 24th at Marcus Garvey Park. Beautiful kids held hands, and danced naturally to the powerful sounds of drums. Many, including myself, swayed with eyes closed and hands up in the air. We were not only celebrating African music and culture, but life, love, happiness, youth and of course… summertime!
I screamed to the music although I didn’t understand some of what the singers were saying, but music is universal enough to feel its charm and power. I love live performances, mainly because watching musicians do what they love to do is a refreshing experience. I see life in their eyes as they reach a wide audience and receive love in return.
Mafrika introduced me to Senegalese music that I loved. I enjoyed the various styles of dancing. There was positive energy everywhere, and that’s what I live for.
Mafrika is organized by owners of Shrine, a restaurant/amazing dance venue in Harlem. It’s free for all, but donations are recommended. I honestly cannot wait for next year!
The photos below were taken by Foto Flip, for more click HERE!