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African Shrine Entertainment Productions
  &
United African Congress, Inc.
Presents
it's 1st Annual AFRiCAN AIDS AWARENESS CONCERT
In honor of FELA ANiKULAPO - KUTi
www.feladay.com
August 2nd 2004 12pm-9pm @FORT GREENE PARK BKLYN, NY  (Including Reggae, Hip Hop, and African artists)

Nigerian entrepreneur and close friend of the Fela and the Kuti family. Ogugua Iwelu has chosen to produce a free concert on August 2nd 2004 in Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park, in remembrance of the death of Nigerian band leader and political activist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and in an effort to help increase HIV/AIDS awareness among African-American and African immigrants living in the New York City tri-state area. This concert is being used as a conduit between local health organizations and our perspective concert audience of local African immigrants; and will be televised live in Nigeria via AIT (Nigerian based network). The goal of the concert is to provide a day of activities for children-adults; socialization, medical awareness and services, there will also be special guest performances from various West African artists as well as a first time screening of the South African documentary on Brenda Fasse's life. The proceeds from this concert will go to the production budget and towards supporting the work of charitable organizations promoting AIDS awareness and education in disadvantage communities.

Special Guest Performance
Roy Ayers, Seun Kuti, 2-Face, Sultan Sound, Ruggedman, African China, Gabby, Jeremiah, Somi, Kaleta, Kofo Wonderman, Siji, Baba Jagun, Asiko, Femm Nameless, Daddy Showkey, Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble, Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra, Jaiye Aboderin, Steady Bongo, Empire Isis & More,
Invited Nigerian Actors: Aki & Paw Paw, Stephanie Okereke, Stella Damascus Aboderin, Desmond Elliot, Ramsey Noah, Ms. Genevieve Nnaji, Shola Showbowale, Mr. Nkem Owoh, Taiwo Hassan, Ope Aiyeola, Mobolaji Amushun
Invited DJ: Funmi Ononaye (W. Africa), Rich Medina (House), DJ Eddy (S. African) & DJ Soul Selector (Reggae), DJ. D-Nice (Hip-Hop)
Special Movie Presentation:
A Brenda Fassie Audio-Visual Dedication & Fela's Burial video.

Who is Fela Anikulapo Kuti?
By the year 1972 Fela Kuti had become one of the biggest stars in West Africa; both musically and politically. Having launched the Nigerian based Afro-Beat band Afrika 70 (which was later renamed Egypt 80) his music not only addressed the many issues facing African Anglophone countries but it also later served to bridge the gap between Africans and African-Americans. Using broken English and a West African fusion of conscious pop lyrics, jazz and funky African dance rhythms Fela spent most of his life championing the rights of the common man in songs denouncing the corruption and brutality of Nigeria's military and civilian rulers. Fela was the first known African celebrity to openly die of an AIDS related illness in 1997.

What is the United African Congress, Inc.?
United African Congress, Inc.  A New York based registered and incorporated 501-C-3 non-profit organization; is an umbrella organization serving the individual and collective interests of Continental Africans residing in the United States. Whose objective is to put Continental African constituency agenda and concerns to the leaders in New York City - State and Federal Governmental levels.  Its members and decision makers in Health, Media, Labor, Law Enforcement, Government, Entrepreneurial, and Religions consult leaders.

(Recieved via Email From: African Shrine Entertainment Productions & United African Congress, Inc. 44 East 32nd Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY. 10016. If you have any questions - sowore@feladay.com

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