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Exploring Afro-Latino Identity at the Afro-Latino Festival

[Click on Podcast Above; scroll down for photo gallery]Main image: Mario Carrión

In this episode of OogeeCast, we provide a recap of the brilliant 3rd edition of the Afro-Latino festival in New York City. The annual festival is committed to affirm, educate, and celebrate Afrolatinidad.

And you’re probably wondering why an Afro-latino festival needs to exist. As with any marginalized group, festivals and institutions are created in order to gather support for a cause or culture; the festival was a way to unite individuals from the diaspora, especially those with African roots from Latin America and the Caribbean; they’re too often ignored and their blackness either overly suppressed or overly objectified.

“This was a Festival for our community by our community. One of the things that struck me when I moved to New York from Panama was the lack of recognition of the African roots of our latino community. So we built our own space to showcase that aspect that is so central to Latino’s collective culture, identity, history. Estamos plantando bandera for Afrolatinos and our Latino community generally,“ -Mai-Elka Prado (Organizer/Founder)
We give thanks to Suset and Maria Laboy for inviting us to the festival.
Look out for our video interview series during the Festival.In the meantime, join Wilkine Brutus, Fabian Elumogo, Jade Alexa, and Allie Strickler for the podcast recap, and check out the photo gallery below.

Day 1: Official Gala at Mist Harlem, Award Ceremony, and art exhibition.   

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 Founders and friends. Mai-Elka Prado is on the far right.  Photo Credit: Mario Carrión
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Panamanian dancers. Photo Credit: Wilkine Brutus (OogeeWoogee) 
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Kalunga Neg Mawon. Dominican Republic/Haiti. Photo Credit: Mario Carrión
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Panamanian-American world traveler, Kina. Photo Credit: Wilkine Brutus (OogeeWoogee)
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Photo Credit: Wilkine Brutus (OogeeWoogee)

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A few talent from the OogeeWoogee team ready to assist with interviews.
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Jade Alexa (OogeeWoogee) speaking with award-winning poet Willie Perdomo before ordering a drink.

Day 2: AfroLatin Talks 1, 2, and 3 at Cubana Social: a discussion on the intersection of Culture, Technology, and Afrolatinidad.
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Photo Credit: Wilkine Brutus (OogeeWoogee)

Day 3: 3rd edition Afro-Latino Concert.
Full list of performers (some may not pictured)
Morning: 
 Kizomba NYC Dance Class, Bombazo Dance Co., Batala NYC, For the Love of Samba
Afternoon: Official Festival DJ – Que Bajo?!, Kambalache Negro, Riva Précil, Bodoma Garifuna, El CaribeFunk, Los Hacheros, Chop and Quench “The Fela! Band”
Evening: Kafu Banton, Les Nubians, Cultura Profética
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Photo Credit (above): Wilkine Brutus (OogeeWoogee)

Photos below by Mario Carrión
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Photo credit: Mario Carrión



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