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21st Annual Tribute to Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage

Saturday, June 12, Noon-6pm Ancestors' Circle 16th St. & Coney Island BoardwalkThe 21st Annual Tribute to Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage is a traditional memorial and healing rite f... more

5th Avenue Tour

Brooklyn Maqam Cultural Walking Tours are made possible by American Express®. Use the card to eat and shop along the way as you experience Brooklyn?s Arab neighborhoods and cultures.

Abdel Rahim Boutat

A Moroccan Beber from the town of Khenifra in the Middle Atlas Mountains, Boutat began playing the loutar as young boy in middle school. The loutar, a four stringed skin-faced lute, is among the diver... more

About Black Brooklyn Renaissance

Are you planning a cultural event in Brooklyn that's open to the public and features Black artists? We would like to know about it. Please click here to fill out our calendar submission form.... more

African Dance/Brooklyn Style

Sunday, February 28, 2010, 2 - 5pm Walt Whitman Theater Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Brooklyn College (BCBC)2900 Campus Rd. & Hillel Pl. (Flatbush) BAC kicks off its year of p... more

African Dance/Brooklyn Style Symposium

Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 7 - 10pm A.R.T/ New York South Oxford Space 138 S. Oxford St. 2nd Floor (Fort Greene) This lively panel, moderated by Dr. Angela Fatou Gittens, Dance Historian... more


Ahlem was born in Tunis, Tunisia and began singing at age 13. She studied at the music conservatory of Tunis and then went on to perform at local parties and weddings, at national and international f... more

Ahmed Alrodini

Singer, percussionist (dumbek and frame drum) and oud player, Alrodini was born in Bakat Al Hoddeidah on the Red Sea coast of Yemen. Learning music informally from the time he was a small boy, Alrodin... more

Al Nujoom Troupe

Al Nujoom is a New Jersey-based Palestinian folkloric debkah troupe founded in 2005 and led by Ramzi Zdouq, who has called Paterson his home for nearly 3 years. Many of Nujoom?s members are originally... more

All Souls? Day ?Symbols, Stories and Trumpets? at Green-Wood Cemetery

Tour Historic Green-Wood Cemetery with Steve Estroff, who will point out some of the many folk symbols in evidence at this beautiful landmark, and experience the Haitian rara band ?Dja?rara,? led by L... more


Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist. Born in Sudan, she called many places home around the world before settling in Brooklyn, NY. She began studying music at the age of 12, and jo... more

Amateur Night <br>at the Apollo:

Contestant Information Child Star of Tomorrow Contestants Ezell Frazier, Vocalist (Age 11) - Ezell, from Bedford Stuyvesant, has been singing since he was two years old and has performed in several mu... more

Amir ElSaffar (Safaafir)

One of few in the world who is an expert in the Iraqi maqam, ElSaffar, trumpeter, composer, singer, and santoor player, is garnering an international reputation for his work, both in the traditional I... more

Answering the Call to Prayer

Arab-Influenced Song Traditions in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Brooklyn Presented by BAC Folk Arts, Brooklyn Maqam Arab Music Festival is a rare opportunity to experience the remarkable variety ... more

Answering the Call to Prayer:

Sunday, March 30 Brooklyn Public Library/Grand Army Plaza, Stevan A. Dweck Center 1:30-3:30pm

Arab-o-rama: New York Bellydance Music and Dance Review

Friday, March 14 Lafayette Grill and Bar (Manhattan) 7:30-10:30pm

Atlantic Avenue Tour

Roots of the Community: Where It Began On Saturday, May 10th from noon to 3:00p.m., BAC Folk Arts will tour Atlantic Avenue, including stops at Rashid?s Music, the oldest Arab music store in New Yo... more

Azza Amon

Since the start of her career, Azza has been a featured dancer in all of New York's top Arab nightclubs, including The Nile, Cedars of Lebanon, Mofeta's, and Ibis. Based in Brooklyn, she dances at man... more

BAM Dance Africa Pre-Opening Activities

Saturday, May 22, 10am - 4pm 10 - 11am: Community Opening of Dance Africa Weeksville Heritage Center, 1698 Bergen St. 12:30 - 4pm: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St.T... more

Bassil Touma

Touma grew up singing traditional Lebanese songs at parties, festivals and with his school choir in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. As a teenager, Touma enrolled in Tripoli?s music conservator... more

Black Brooklyn Drum Call

Saturday, June 5, 2-5:30pm 2-3:30pm: Drum demonstrations/performances on the Plaza; drum-making demo in the 2nd floor meeting room 3:30pm: All-Brooklyn Drum Jam on the Plaza 4... more

Black Brooklyn Renaissance

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Black Brooklyn Renaissance

Click here for the Community Calendar. Click here for the Event Archive.... more

Black Brooklyn Renaissance Digital Archive

With such a large collection, we realize there may be omissions in the documentation. Visit the corrections page for more information.... more

Brahim Fribgane

Performance with Hassan Hakmoun and Mohammed Bechar ... more

Brighten Ballet and Folk Dance Company

Artistic Director and Founder Irina Roizin and Brighton Ballet's dancers are former soloists from the Kirov Ballet, the Bolshoi Theater, and the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater. The company has appear... more

Brooklyn Maqam

Check out the Maqam Events Archive Learn about Maqam Artists Learn about Brooklyn's Arab Music and Culture... more

Brooklyn Maqam Begins

Participating Artists Samer Tabari Jawad Bohsina Salaam Dabkah Simon Shaheen Al Nujoum TroupeMohamed Bechar Ahmed AlrodiniIsaac Gutwilik Mohamed Nabawy Gamal Shafik Said Fahmy Mohamed Yhya Nikola... more

Call For Proposals: City Walls

Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), in partnership with the MetroTech BID seeks proposals for artwork to be installed on construction fences in downtown Brooklyn. Proposed works should have strong visual im... more

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