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Reggae Block Dance

Friday, September 29 from 6:00pm-11:00pm
Venue: Brittlebank Park, corner of Lockwood & Fishburne Streets
Admission: Free
Sponsored By: The Boeing Company
Coordinator: Osei Chandler

Join your friends and neighbors for one of the MOJA Festival’s favorite traditions, an entertaining and energetic evening on the Ashley River, filled with music, food and fun. Dance the night away to music from local and regional Reggae artists including Emekris and True Concept Reggae Band and Mighty Joshua. Bring your folding chairs and blankets and set up a picnic or enjoy fare from a delicious variety of ethnic and international food vendors. Coolers are not permitted.

Higher Ground: The Music of Stevie Wonder

Friday, September 29 at 8:00pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Address:
37 John Street
Admission:
Tier I $24.50, Tier II $19.50, Student/Groups of 6+ $14.50 (additional fees may apply)
For Tickets: CharlestonMusicHall.com or 843-853-2252

Charlton Singleton, Quiana Parler, and Friends continue their immensely popular series of tribute concerts. First it was Prince, then Michael Jackson, and now everyone’s idol, Stevie Wonder. From Sir Duke and Isn’t She Lovely to Overjoyed and You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Higher Ground: The Music of Stevie Wonder is sure to be another incredible night at the historic Charleston Music Hall.

Gospel Concert: A Back-Home Gospel Hour

Sunday, October 1 at 4:00pm
Venue: Trinity United Methodist Church
Address: 273 Meeting Street
Admission: $11 General Admission
Coordinator: Theresa J. Hilliard

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An annual MOJA tradition, the Gospel Concert promises to be an afternoon of remarkable performances from talented local singers that will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted.

Charleston native Anthony Burke sang with the Chapel Choir at Tennessee State University and with the third U.S. Army Soldier show while on active duty.  He directs the Men’s Ensemble of Central Baptist Church and the Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Ensemble.  Tony has many musical credits in the performances of many productions including Porgy and Bess both at home and abroad.

Reverend Randolph Miller is the pastor of Nichols Chapel AME Church.  He, along with the Edisto District Mass Choir, produced a CD entitled Lowcountry Gospel featuring, T’is The Old Ship Of Zion, the song he performed in the presence of President Barack Obama at the funeral services of Reverend Clementa Pinckney.  He is the proud talk show host of Bounce Around Charleston.

Javetta Palmer Campbell is a member of Christian Praise & Worship Center, the Reformed House of God under the pastoral leadership of her mother.  Minister Campbell has ministered in word and song at various churches and ministries throughout the Lowcountry, the United States and abroad.  She, along with her sisters, are members of the group Integrity.

Charleston native, Ashley Hale, known for her big voice, has been afforded many opportunities to sing in different arenas and has performed in stage plays like Bubbling Brown Sugar and Life 1&2.  Ashley travels overseas to Italy during the winter season on a Gospel tour with Michael Brown and F.O.C.U.S.

Johns Island native, Christal Brown Heyward, currently serves as Lead Psalmist of St. John’s Episcopal Chapel in Charleston.  Christal has been a musician for over 30 years.  She started singing in church at the age of 6.  Christal is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University, Grand Canyon University, and is pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Worship Studies at Robert Webber Institute of Worship in Florida.

Elder Mario Desaussure is an anointed psalmist who began singing at the tender age of 3, in the Alpha Omega Reformed House of God Church, under the leadership of his great-grandfather, the late Bishop Aaron H. Moore, Sr.  He is currently a member of First Baptist Church on beautiful James Island, where he serves as the Director of music under the leadership of Rev. Charlie L. Murray, Jr.

College of Charleston Gospel Choir

Monday, October 2 at 7:30pm
Venue: Sottile Theatre
Address: 44 George Street
Admission: $10 at the door only; free for CofC Students with Student ID

Gospel music as we know it today is heavily rooted in the rich tradition of southern culture. The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of gospel music varies according to culture and social context. Gospel music is composed and performed for many purposes, including aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, and as an entertainment product for the marketplace. Charleston is privileged to have within its city limits some of the most influential gospel artists and composers of our time. This year the College of Charleston Gospel Choir presents a showcase of local artistry that celebrates music written by local recording artists. Under the direction of Brenten Weeks, the College of Charleston’s Gospel Choir highlights both traditional and contemporary music performing a range of pieces including psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs from a variety of genres.

Heritage and Community- Professor Jazz

Tuesday, October 3 at 9:30am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free
Produced by: Charleston County Public Library

Ken Foberg and his jazz quartet will entertain the crowd by playing different styles of jazz through the ages, and explaining the role of each instrument. Ken Foberg is a concert and jazz band clinician based in North Charleston, South Carolina. He has over 30 years’ experience conducting successful music clinics, band camps, and sight-reading clinics nation-wide for elementary through university level bands. Ken has had the privilege to teach and bring the love of music to thousands of people all over the world.

The Housing Authority Block Party with New Galaxy Band

Wednesday, October 4, 5:00-7:00pm
Venue: Charleston Housing Authority Courtyard
Address: 562-A Meeting Street
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston

The Charleston Housing Authority hosts its annual MOJA Block Party gathering, and invites everyone to come out and celebrate with free food and lively music from Charleston favorite, New Galaxy Band.

Free Verse Presents Poetic Jazz Society

Wednesday, October 4, 7:30pm
Venue: Historic Dock Street Theatre
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: $11

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Join Grammy-nominated drummer and producer Quentin E. Baxter and Charleston Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker for a night of poetry and jazz. Joining Amaker on stage will be local and regional poets who were a part of the Poetic Jazz Society, a group of writers and musicians who were hot in the Charleston scene in the late 90s and early 2000s.

Featured poets: Sunn, Jonathan Brown and more to be announced soon. Hosted by Harold Singletary.

Children’s Programs at the Library: Gran’daddy Junebug presents Great Stories for Young Folks

Thursday, October 5 at 9:30am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library, Auditorium
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free
Produced by: Charleston County Public Library

Continuing his family tradition of preserving culture, “Gran’daddy Junebug” teaches personal responsibility, finding the right path, being true to self, always striving for excellence and respect for self and others through the African oral tradition of “call and response.” This highly energetic program utilizes a tremendous amount of audience participation (as he shares his wisdom) which has children learning life lessons as they experience the time of their young lives. This 60-minute performance is designed for ages 5 and up.

Children’s Programs at the Library: Gran’daddy Junebug presents W’en Dey ‘Listed Colored Soldiers

Thursday, October 5 at 12:00pm
Venue: Charleston County Public Library, Auditorium
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free
Produced by: Charleston County Public Library

Feel the climate of America and check the pulse of the unsung heroes of the Civil War from “Whistlin’ Sam”, “Lias”, “Whisperin’ Bill”, “William Carney” and others whose recollections and stories of unflinching courage were never told. From the works of great writers and scholars as Paul Laurence Dunbar and Dr. Rex Ellis, this heart wrenching portrayal depicts how the “Colored Soldiers” sacrificed their lives in various battles to “save the union” and “to mek’ our people free”. This 60-minute performance is designed for teens and adults.

Harbor Cruise featuring Main Street Band

Thursday, October 5, Boarding at 7:30 pm, Cruising from 8:00-10:00pm

Venue: Harbor Walk Dock at Aquarium Wharf
Address: 360 Concord Street
Admission: $21 General Admission. Cash bar and snacks available for purchase.

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This is an evening you don’t want to miss! Join us on the water for breathtaking views, perfect harbor breezes, and fun and funky music that will keep you dancing all night long. Main Street Band is providing the entertainment for the evening as the Spirit of Charleston sets sail around the harbor, with snacks and drinks available on board at the bar.

Ellington’s Sacred Concerts

Friday, October 6 at 8:00pm
Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center
Address: 95 Calhoun Street
Admission: $28.00- $50.40
For Tickets: Click here for tickets or call 843-242-3099

Local jazz impresario and Charleston favorite, Charlton Singleton, and Nathan L. Nelson, Founding Director of Lowcountry Voices once again combine their considerable talents to bring Charleston audiences the landmark Sacred Concerts from jazz’s most prolific artist, Duke Ellington. With a fifteen piece jazz orchestra, and a choir assembling over one hundred voices, including Lowcountry Voices and Friends, this masterful ensemble offers incredible interpretations of Ellington’s work in the acoustically renowned Gaillard Center.

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Women & Cooke: A Tribute to Sam Cooke

Friday, October 6 at 8:00pm
Doors at 7:00pm
Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Address: 37 John Street
Admission: $22 Adults; $17 Students & Groups of 6+ (additional fees may apply)
For Tickets: CharlestonMusicHall.com or 843-853-2252

Women & Cooke: A Tribute to Sam Cooke features some of Charleston’s best female vocalists including Hazel Ketchum, Lindsay Holler, Alva Anderson, Cindy Kearney, McKenzie Eddy, Vikki Matsis, Exavia Baxter, and Erin Johns. Sam Cooke’s influence can be heard in the music of artists as varied as Michael Jackson, Al Green and the Heptones, and these women will pay homage to the “king of soul” by covering some of his most popular hits, as well as delving into a few of his deeper cuts. The best part about this series is the way these incredible female vocalists interpret the male vocal range and sound—you never know what song you will hear next.

Claflin University Concert Choir

Saturday, October 7 at 4:00pm
Venue: Calvary Baptist Church
Address: 620 Rutledge Avenue
Admission: Free

The Claflin University Concert Choir will be featured in a concert of classical, popular and gospel music in celebration of Calvary Baptist Church’s 152nd Anniversary. Claflin University is an HBCU founded in 1869 in Orangeburg, S.C. Under the direction on Dr. Isaiah McGee, the choir performs nearly 100 concerts annually, including at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and his wife Sandy are concert honorary chairs. Mayor Tecklenburg, an accomplished pianist, will open the concert with a musical rendition on piano.

MOJA Finale

Sunday, October 8, 4:00pm until dark
Venue: Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Boulevard
Admission: Free
Sponsored By: The Boeing Company,  SCE&G

Close out the Festival in style! Everyone in your family will enjoy this spirited celebration of all that the MOJA Festival has to offer. From fascinating craft vendors and fantastic food choices to an evening of live music, this party is sure to entertain. Get ready to dance with Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa, performing a unique world beat blend of West African Yoruba music with western styles, including jazz and pop and the evening continues with a performance from Charleston’s Super Deluxe, covering all of your favorite tunes.

Toby Foyeh & Orchestra Africa’s music is the sound of 3 Continents, Africa, America and Europe. The group takes you on a musical journey from Africa through 3 continents, where traditional Yoruba music, Highlife and Afrobeat meet Pop and Jazz with scincilating guitars, The female singers and dancers add a spice of traditional Africa in their call and response style songs with improvised African dances on rhythms of the world.

Based in Charleston, SC, Super Deluxe has been entertaining music lovers from all walks of life since 2008. Attendees of the Moja Festival finale will get to enjoy Super Deluxe’s polished, high-energy music show, featuring a wide array of music genres with a healthy helping of modern hip hop, soul classics, and vintage 70′s funk. The band’s lead singers are the lovely Joy Gregory and band leader, Wilton Elder, who will also be featured on saxophone. Joining Elder to form the band’s horn section is the talented David Carter on trumpet.

Super Deluxe’s Moja Festival appearance will showcase a rare twin-guitar set up with both Tommy Gielingh and Johnny Mac playing both rhythm and lead guitar throughout the night. The bottom end of the rhythm section is rounded out by the band’s newest member, Tristan Cills on bass and key bass, and band veterans Stephen Anderson on keys and vocals and the funky drummer, AJ Jenkins, on drum kit and lead vocals. Fans of the band will recognize music from past tributes to J Dilla, Herbie Hancock, and George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic!

For more information about Super Deluxe, please visit the band’s official site at www.superdeluxelive.com

Ranky Tanky Homecoming

Sunday, October 8 at 8:00pm
Venue: Historic Dock Street Theatre
Address: 135 Queen Street
Admission: $25, Reserved Seating

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In the midst of a successful US and international tour, Ranky Tanky returns home to Charleston for a one night only event. Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Quiana Parler, Clay Ross, and Charlton Singleton make up the quintet performing the timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, South Carolina are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.