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What We Bring in Queens: Behind the Middle Passage: Stories and Songs about the Atlantic Slave Trade

February 16, 2019 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

What We Bring in Queens

Behind the Middle Passage: Stories and Songs about the Atlantic Slave Trade

Performed by Kewulay Kamara and West African Immigrants


Queens Library Central
Every man and woman captured into Atlantic Slave Trade from the 15th to the 19th century left behind a family, a community and a culture disrupted, dislocated and unsettled by the slave trade. Sierra Leone immigrant, poet and epic singer Kewulay Kamara, kora player Salieu Suso, and balla player Ebrima Jassey recreate, retell and in some cases reimagine the stories from the era of the transatlantic slave trade with musical accompaniment. 

This Program is part of

What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts adds to the national dialogue on immigration, bringing in to focus the cultural contributions of new immigrants. Focusing on the cultural contributions of immigrants who came to the U.S. in the fifty years since the Immigration Reform Act, What We Bring celebrates the rich layers of creativity, tradition, and increased cultural diversity that the law set in motion, especially in New York City, where 6-in- 10 residents are first generation or the children of immigrants.
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February 16, 2019
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd
Jamaica, 11432 United States
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