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Sunday, October 10, 2010

ASU West Brings Sights, Sounds of Africa to Campus

The African Association of Arizona will have its 2010 annual African Festival at Arizona State University’s West campus, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 16.

The festival will include live performances by Kuma Tunyale (a U.S.-based dance troupe from Guinea, West Africa), RastaFarmers (Phoenix-based Reggae band), and Grupo Folklorico I'naru(African-influenced Puerto Rican dance troupe). It will also feature educational activities for children, a fashion show and food and craft vendors. All activities will take place outdoors at the Delph Courtyard (Arizona State University’s West campus). AFASA invites families for a day of African music, dance, art, culture, and food for a taste of Africa.

The mission of AFASA , a 501(c) (3) organization that was founded in 1992, is to bring African people and friends of Africa in Arizona together to promote African awareness through educational and cultural activities. The organization is an invaluable educational resource about Africa in the state of Arizona. Since its inception in 1997, the African Festival has become the most elaborate annual community outreach event about Africa and the African people in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

Admission and parking are free. The event is being sponsored, in part, by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and National Endowments for the Arts. For information about the festival, call 623-247-4869 or e-mail afasa.org@gmail.com or www.afasa.org.
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