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Thursday, January 27, 2011

African Diaspora Tourism

African Diaspora Tourism (ADT) is an online magazine dedicated to exploring the culture, heritage, places and influences of people of African descent, past and present. The ADT web site highlights information on how people of color, living all over the world as a result of the transatlantic slave trade and modern-day migration, are continuously shaping the cultures of North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, as well as Africa.

ADTs major objective is to enlighten and inspire cultural and heritage tourism through up-to-date information, compelling first-person travel articles, candid images, and scholarly research. In addition to bringing you a first-rate travel journal about the people and places of the global African Diaspora, ADT is committed to supporting sustainable tourism and preserving the culture and heritage in the places we explore.

With studies showing that people more now than ever are looking to learn about and immerse themselves in the history and culture of the places they visit, we feel that this project is a timely, worthwhile endeavor that serves to meet the needs of travelers, culture enthusiasts, and professionals.  Events Calendar

We also welcome you to join our efforts! We are accepting submissions on the following topics related to the African Diaspora: tourism news, culture, music, travel, food, festivals, events, meetings and education, etc. Please become a part of our mailing list and/or send submissions to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Senegal Arts & Culture Tour: 6/4 - 6/15, 2011

The 2nd Annual Joie de Vivre Senegal Arts & Culture Tour!

June 4 - June 15, 2011
In celebration of the 2011 19th Annual St. Louis Jazz Festival, Taller Portobelo Norte and Black Pearl Travel are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Joie de Vivre Arts & Culture Tour of Senegal, the Paris of Africa!

Participants will tour Dakar, a metropolitan city full of energy and life; attend the St. Louis Jazz Festival in the old colonial town of St. Louis; travel to Goree Island, home of the infamous Slave Castle; surf the sand dune of Pink Lake in four-wheelers; and relax and learn West African Dance, Drum or Batik at theSobe Bade Art Colonyin Toubab Dialaw. For an additional fee, travelers also have the option to extend their trip to Saturday, June 18th to visit Ndangane and Mar Lodj to the south of Senegal, home of the Serer people.

A trip to Senegal isn't complete without enjoying their excellent French and West African restaurants, never-ending markets and vendors, and white sand beaches. We will also visit art galleries, museums and speak with professional fine artists in their private studios. Known for its jumping nightlife, we will be making group outings to party at Dakars’ many concerts and nightclubs featuring internationally acclaimed artists and musicians. We will get a chance to interact on a personal level with people from a few of Senegals many ethnic groups including Wolof, Fulani and Serer. Participants will be able to enjoy the group tours and outings, as well as adventure out on their own to explore the city.

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Questions??? Wondering if you can travel from your select city? I've got answers for you. Feel free to contact Margaret Kargbo at (770) 875-0427 or via email:

Call Today!!! This is a great opportunity to experience to Africa like you've never seen it before!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

African Childrens Choir: 2/10/2011

HOPE and MUSIC with the African Childrens ChoirThursday, February 10, 2011

The Tabernacle
152 Luckie St NW

Atlanta, GA 30303
8-10p.m.  Doors open 7p.m.

HOPE International (HOPE) and the African Childrens Choir (ACC) are teaming up to bring a message of hope and healing to Atlanta— along with an evening of stirring music and inspiring stories of transformation.  Join us as the choir performs with a local Atlanta artist, and hear the message of how these two organizations are transforming the lives of thousands of people living in poverty in Africa. All of the proceeds of the evening will benefit HOPE and the ACC, helping to further spread hope to the men, women, and children of Africa.   Buy Tickets

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Urban Bush Women: 1/22/2011

Urban Bush Women

January 22, 2011
Rialto Center for the Arts
80 Forsyth Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Founded in 1984 by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women (UBW) is a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. It weaves contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of African Americans and the African Diaspora, exploring the transformation of struggle and suffering into the bittersweet joy of survival. The company engages in extensive community-based programming, encouraging cultural activity as an inherent part of community life.

The Company has been commissioned by presenters nationwide, and includes among its honors a 1992 New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”); the 1994 Capezio Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance; and 1998 and 2004 Doris Duke Awards for New Work from the American Dance Festival. Urban Bush Women Web site

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