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Harborlore Festival Salutes Irving Burgie

Irving Burgie; photo by Maxine Alexander



9 pm - 10:30 pm

Presented by BAC in association with BAMcafé Live


Harborlore kicks-off Caribbean Island-style with old time calypso and reggae from Wrickford Dalgetty performing with Tropical Rhythms and Keith Johnston with Widdayah Jamaican Band. This jamming evening pays tribute to Brooklyn’s own Irving Burgie, songwriter of popular tunes such as “Jamaica Farewell,”  “Island Crystal Waters,” and the world famous “Day-O,” Harry Belafonte’s signature song. Mr. Burgie joins us to sing some of his well-known songs with the audience. Emceed by E.Wayne McDonald of Brooklyn’s Caribbean Cultural Theatre.


This event is presented as part of:

Harborlore Festival

Where the River Meets the Sea in Brooklyn’s Folk Imagination

Dance, Music and Storytelling 

May 10 – June 15, 2013

It’s no secret that Brooklyn is surrounded by over 50 miles of water from Greenpoint to Canarsie, and is also home to thousands of immigrants hailing from coastal locales across the globe—Jamaica, Bangladesh, Italy, Guyana, Egypt—where water is omnipresent. These immigrants, especially the artists among them, have brought cultural traditions to Brooklyn that capture the beauty, meaning and vulnerability of living at water’s edge.  For Harborlore Festival, BAC presents a series of free concerts, panel discussions and performing arts events exploring the role of water in the artistic traditions of Brooklyn’s diverse immigrant and diaspora communities. In post-Sandy New York, Harborlore Festival signals the importance of learning new respect and reverence for the power of water.

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Harborlore is sponsored by TD Bank.

BAC Folk Arts is sponsored by Con Edison.

Major support for Harborlore is provided by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. Additional support is provided by New York Council for the Humanities. 

Promotional Partner: Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. Media partner: WNYC Radio.

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