An African Cultural and Spiritual Procession in Bed-Stuy

BRIC TV takes a look at this weekend’s Isese (pronounced “ee-SHEH-sheh”) Festival in Bedford-Stuyvesant, which celebrates African culture, particularly that of the Yoruba in southwestern Nigeria and other parts of West Africa. Guests Blitz the Ambassador, a hip hop artist originally from Ghana, and Chief Ayanda Clarke, of the Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater, emphasize that the spiritual festival is also a celebration of the diaspora.

As Clarke states: “Everywhere African people traveled, they took with them a piece of cultural DNA and they dropped it there throughout the diaspora.”

The Isese Festival begins at the Asase Yaa Cultural Center in Bed-Stuy at 11 a.m. on June 4 with a procession through Bed-Stuy complete with live music and food. Then at 4 p.m., the Libation concert, to mark Ghana’s 60th anniversary of independence, will open up the International African Arts Festival.

Watch the BRIC TV segment above and go to the Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation’s Facebook page and the International African Arts Festival’s website for more information.

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