Umoja means Unity. Come celebrate it at Portsmouth's 24th Annual African-American Culture and Heritage Festival promoting Cultural Diversity and Unity.
Umoja, a Kiswahili word meaning unity, is the first principal of Kwanzaa, an African-American cultural holiday celebrated from December 26th through January 1st. This principal emulates unity in the family, community and nation.
Umoja Processional - "Drums of Africa" Group - The UMOJA Festival opens with a traditional African drum call sending polyrhythm through the air, a ceremonial processional and the blessing of the elders, all facets of ancient tribal cultures, customs and traditions. For two and one-half days, the beautiful waterfront of Portsmouth is transformed into an image of its Sister City Eldoret, Kenya.
It begins with permission from the elders: In African tradition, permission from the elders of the village is often sought because of their wisdom, knowledge and experience. The Umoja Festival has always observed this tradition in seeking permission from the elders of the Portsmouth community.
Many performances! Chaka Khan will headline the annual UMOJA Festival on Saturday, May 25 at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Admission Fee: Enjoy FREE admission* to all festivities including live music, a heritage tour, kids activities, food, and more.
Last Updated: 1/28/2014 11:25 AM