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Swahili Sunday

Sunday, September 24 at 10:00am
Venue: Morris Brown AME Church
Address: 13 Morris Street
Coordinator: S. Johari Andika

Swahili Sunday is an annual tradition that ceremonially opens the MOJA Arts Festival with African dress, spoken Swahili, and prayer. Worshipers in the Holy City call upon the Holy Spirit and ask the Almighty for another successful Festival season. The theme for this Swahili Sunday is Love. At several points during the service, the Pastor will ask worshipers to use their Swahili program insert to exchange, in Swahili: I love you and I love you too.

MOJA Arts Festival Opening Reception

Thursday, September 28, 6:00 pm
Venue: Dock Street Theatre Courtyard
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: Free

Meet new people and socialize in the intimate courtyard at the Dock Street Theatre and learn more about the exciting events planned during the 2017 MOJA Festival.
Graciously sponsored by Total Wine & More.

Dock Street Theatre

Opening Day Street Parade

Thursday, September 28, 6:00pm
Admission: Free

A joyful celebration that signals the official start of MOJA 2017, the annual Opening Day Street Parade features lively performances, colorful costumes, and the bright sounds of the marching band! Join youth ensembles, community groups, and entertainers to welcome in another MOJA Festival season. The parade begins at Marion Square and heads down King Street, turning on Market Street and ending at the US Custom House at East Bay and Market Streets.

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.

Heritage Day at Marion Square

Saturday, September 30 from 10:00am-3:00pm
Venue: Marion Square
Address: Corner of Meeting & Calhoun Streets
Admission: Free
Sponsored By: BlueChoice HealthPlan Medicaid, Roper St. Francis

Head to Marion Square for a full day of activities celebrating African-American and Caribbean culture and heritage in the Lowcountry. Community cultural ambassadors will be on hand with information and programs and the mainstage will feature a talented lineup of local performers, culminating in a musical performance from the X-Treme Level Band. Activities for children, poetry readings, youth performances, and workshops are all on offer alongside a health fair with free screenings and information at what promises to be a delightful day in the park.

Mainstage performances include:

The Edisto District Mass Choir led by Reverend Miller

Storyteller J’miah Nabawi, in addition J’miah will lead an interactive workshop- Storybooks Alive!

Deninufay Dance Company

Meeting Street Academy‘s Watoto Charleston

In addition, enjoy performances from local praise dancing groups and X-treme Level Band, covering all of your favorite tunes.

MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition Reception

Saturday, September 30, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Free

Come applaud the incredible work presented at the MOJA Juried Art Exhibition, Libation, and Dance of the Ancestors: Egungun Masquerade on view at the City Gallery during MOJA. Artists will be present to share their perspectives and inspiration. Festive and traditional dress encouraged.

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.

Historic Site Designation: Zion Olivet Church

Wednesday, October 4 at 10:00am
Venue: Zion Olivet Church
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: Free
Coordinator: AnnaBell Seabrook

Zion Olivet Church will be formally designated as the 2017 MOJA Historic Site.

Historical information about previous designees can be found here.

West Ashley Farmers Market Celebrates MOJA

Wednesday, October 4, 3:00-7:00pm
Venue: Ackerman Park, 55 Sycamore Avenue
Admission: Free

The West Ashley Farmers Market hosts an energetic afternoon of family-friendly MOJA programming and activities. This animated market features fresh goods from local farmers, growers and food concessionaires alongside live performances that celebrate African-American and Caribbean culture.

Heritage and Community- MOJA at Magnolia Community Garden

Friday, October 6
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Magnolia Park & Community Garden
Address: 0 Sycamore Street
Admission: Free

Special Thanks To:

MOJA is proud to present free outdoor concerts in some of the city’s most beloved community spaces. Head to West Ashley for an evening of MOJA programming, featuring an entertaining performance from contemporary violinist Daniel D. blending jazz, R&B, pop, inspirational, and more!

Community Tribute Luncheon

The MOJA Arts Festival is pleased to bestow awards on outstanding community leaders in recognition of their contributions to the region at this annual outdoor luncheon. The 2017 MOJA Arts Festival Planning and Community Tribute Luncheon Committees salute this year’s leaders:

2017 Community Tribute Luncheon Honorees:

Mr. Marcus Amaker, Artist
Ms. Mary Joseph, Business
Ms. Vertelle A. Kenion, Contribution to MOJA
Mr. Everard Rutledge, Civic/Comm. Service
Col. Joseph Dawson, Ret., Education
Mr. Frankie “The Big Bopper” Green, Media
Ms. Cherry Seabrook, Medicine
Ms. Jada E. Orr, Outstanding HS Student
Ms. Gaylyn Singletary, Outstanding College Student
Rev. Dr. Eric Mack, Politics-Local
Rev. Dr. Herbert Temoney, Religion
Ms. Radia Heyward, Rising Star
Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, The Arts

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