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Gullah/Geechee Artists & Appreciation Highlights Annual Celebration
8/4/2016 12:56:47 PM

GwenYette, South Carolina R&B artist of the year
Gullah/Geechee Nation - Friday, August 5, 2016 is the opening day of the "Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™." The 11th annual festival is the culminating event of the "Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week" which is being celebrated in every county of the four states of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. The Co-Founders of the "Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™," Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and Kwame Sha will be on hand along with several other presenters for the opening of the event at Scott's Grand Hall on Friday to discuss this historic "Celebration of Self-Determination."

Part of the wide array of artists for this year includes South Carolina R & B Artist of the Year, GwenYvette who is a native of St. Helena Island, SC where the festival first began 11 years ago. While the sounds of her music will filled the air with spirit, the painted art work of Amiri Farris will fill the gallery space of the Charleston Maritime Center on Saturday, August 6 beginning at Noon.

Farris is the featured visual artist for this year's celebration and he created the poster for the event. He will reveal the new logo for the festival on Saturday during the "Living Marketplace." As usual, he has included his signature adinkra symbols within the piece. Farris who has a Master of Fine Art and Design degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) blends imagery and colors that are vibrant within the Gullah/Geechee Nation throughout his works in homage to the Gullah/Geechees. He also instructs others on how to find the artist within them and express this in multimedia through the courses that he teaches at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. His work has been shown in more than 50 one man shows around the United States and at festivals throughout the Gullah/Geechee Nation. So, it is truly a time to signal the drums as he enters the "Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™" family.

The array of traditions keepers, historians, healers, and artists that are native to the Gullah/Geechee Nation that will be presenting during the "Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™" is never found at any other event. The presenters live the traditions and are working together to continue to keep their culture alive on their land. This is the continued human rights journey of self-determination within the Gullah/Geechee Nation. So, ef hunnuh wan yeddi mo bout disya, cum fa jayn we at de "Celebration of Self-Determination!"

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