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Opening Reception

Date: Thursday, September 26
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Free

Gather in the City Gallery at Waterfront Park to mingle with the artists and leadership of the 2019 MOJA Arts Festival and learn more about the events planned for the 2019 Festival.

Opening Day Street Parade

Date: Thursday, September 26
Time: 6:00pm
Admission: Free

Join youth ensembles, community groups, and entertainers to welcome in another MOJA Festival season. Come and see the joyful celebration that features energetic performances, colorful costumes, and the exciting sounds of marching bands! The parade begins at Marion Square and heads down King Street, turning onto Market Street, and ending at the US Custom House at East Bay and Market Streets.

Reggae Block Dance

Date: Friday, September 27
Time: 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Venue: Brittlebank Park
Address: corner of Fishburne and Lockwood
Admission: FREE

Join us for one of MOJAs favorite traditions and dance the night away with your friends and neighbors. Featuring Mighty Joshua, with the Zion 5, and Keith Porter, the founding member of the Itals. Bring your folding chairs and blankets to set up a picnic or enjoy fare from a variety of ethnic and international food vendors.  Please note: coolers are not permitted.

The high energy live performances of Mighty Joshua invite listeners of all ages to experience the uplifting spirit of reggae music.  His powerful voice encourages positive change and the infectious grooves of his backing band the Zion 5 leaves audiences wanting more.

Keith Porter is the original founding member of the legendary vocal harmony group the Itals. Keith continues to sing and share his message of love and unity.  You’re invited to share in an authentic Jamaican Roots, Rock, Reggae experience right here in Charleston!

Coolers are not permitted.


Heritage Day

Date: September 28
Time: 10:30am – 3:00pm
Location: Olde Towne Creek Park, 1400 Olde Towne Road
Admission: Free

Discover a great new park space, Olde Towne Creek Park in West Ashley, as MOJA presents a full day of activities celebrating African-American and Caribbean culture and heritage in the Lowcountry. Community cultural ambassadors will be on hand with a range of offerings and the mainstage will feature a talented lineup of local performers. Activities for children, youth performances, story-telling and workshops are all on offer at what promises to be a delightful day.

Gospel Concert: Good Old Fashioned Gospel Music

Date: Sunday, September 29
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: Trinity United Methodist Church
Address: 273 Meeting Street
Admission: $11
Coordinator: Reverend Randolph Miller
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The program will feature music made famous by artists such as Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar and Andre Crouch.  The sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church will never be the same as Ashley Hale, Mario Dessausure, Elder Javetta Campbell and Reverend Randolph Miller wow the audience with their musical talents.  Come be a part of this wonderful hand clapping, foot stomping experience.

Reverend Randolph Miller is the Newly appointed Pastor of Greater Unity AME Church in Holly Hill, South Carolina. Rev Miller is the Host of Bounce Around Charleston, currently seen on the Bounce Network here in Charleston, SC He enjoys the work of the Church and loves being involved in Community Activities. Additionally, he serves as the Coordinator for the Gospel Segment of the MOJA Arts Festival.

Elder Javetta Palmer Campbell is a member of Christian Praise & Worship Center, the former Reformed House of God, in the Accabee Section of North Charleston, SC. Minister Campbell has ministered in word and song at various churches and ministries throughout the lowcountry, the United States and abroad. Humbled by the doors that God has opened, her prayer is that God is always pleased with her and that someone’s life is changed through her obedience.

A native of Charleston, SC, 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. Mario has sung with and for various groups and national recording artists throughout the lowcountry, the United States as well as Europe. His motto is, “if I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.”

Minister Ashley S. Hale, has a superior talent that has landed her on stages domestically and internationally. Ashley’s passion for performing exudes when she takes the stage and shows effectively by captivating audiences everywhere Ashley’s vocal power began at the age of 5, being reared in the church. Her strong voice has allowed her to stand flat footed on stages internationally by performing in Europe, and many other national platforms.

MOJA at CCPL: The World of Anansi the Spider

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 9:30 am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free

Columbia Marionette Theatre presents “The World of Anansi the Spider”
Features several folk tales narrated by the storyteller, Anansi, a classic character featured in African tales which descended to other cultures such as Jamaican and Gullah.

Historic Site Designation

Date: Wednesday, October 2 at 10:00am
Venue: DeReef Praise House
Address: Morris Street, at DeReef Court
Admission: Free

Join the MOJA Arts Festival Planning Committee representatives, elected officials, and neighborhood leaders as this year’s MOJA Historic Site is officially designated. For a complete list of MOJA Historic Sites, please visit www.mojafestival.com.

MOJA at CCPL: Rhythms and Instruments from the African Diaspora

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 9:30 am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street

An Edu-Concert

World traveler, musician and cultural educator Daniel Scruggs, creator of Rhythm Moves, leads participants on an interactive journey with instruments and rhythms of the African diaspora from ancient times in Africa to Hip-Hop music of today.  This immersive learning experience will highlight traditional and contemporary rhythms and instrumentation from Africa, South America, North America and the Caribbean Islands.  Each component of the show is rich with audience participation and all in attendance will come away with new perspectives on geography, history, culture, nature, language and the value of peace.

Check out Rhythm Moves here:  https://www.rhythmmoveslive.com/

Find Daniel Scruggs’ Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/rhythmmoves/

Swahili Workshop

Date: Wednesday, October 2
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: West Ashley Library
Address: 45 Windermere Blvd, West Ashley
Admission: Free

The workshop is designed for children and adults alike, and will allow participants to feel comfortable while learning why Swahili is so important to the Lowcountry, discovering Swahili words they use daily while speaking English, speaking to each other in Swahili, and creating art for Swahili phrases. Swahili is presented as writers of Swahili grammar present it-one of the twelve great languages of the world.

Soul in the Garden

Date: Wednesday, October 2 6:30pm
Venue: The Gibbes Museum of Art
Address: 135 Meeting Street
Admission: $20 Members, $25 Non Members, $400 Table For 10
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A few of Charleston’s favorite vocalists; Black Diamond (The Black Diamond Band) and Zandrina (The Zandrina Dunning Experience) are excited to bring you “Soul in the Garden.” The two will join together to bring you an evening of Soul music with a twist under the stars along with a few of their friends.

The Gibbes Museum partners with the Charleston Music Hall to bring outstanding live music performances to the Lenhardt Garden. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair and arrive early to find a spot – or reserve a premium table – and enjoy a plein-air performance under the setting sun.

This concert will feature members of The Black Diamond Band and The Zandrina Dunning Experience. Black Diamond and Zandrina, along with a few of their friends, will bring you an evening of Soul music with a twist.

MOJA at CCPL: The Gullah Lady Presents Stories and Songs

Date: Thursday, October 3, 9:30 am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free

Join us for this interactive program featuring traditional Gullah stories, songs, and instruments. This fun-filled program incorporates handmade art in the stage design and is designed for all ages to enjoy.

Community Tribute Luncheon

Date: Saturday, October 5
Location: Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing
1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston SC 29407
Donation: $40 per attendee

Please contact Basil Punsalan at PunsalanB@charleston-sc.gov or 843-577-2311

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.

2019 Community Tribute Luncheon Honorees:

Krisalyn K. Gleaton, PharmD.– Medicine
Ms. Mattese Miller Lecque -  Civic and Community Service
Ms. Linda J. Harvey – The Arts
Ms. Carolyn S. Brown – Artist
Mr. Earl Brown – Education
Mr. Nathaniel Jackson – Business
Ms. Francina Smalls-Kobus – Contribution to MOJA
Ms. Wevonneda Minis – Media
Miss Naomi Rosie Booker – Outstanding High School Student
Ms. April D. Mazyck – Rising Star
Mr. Ke’Von Singleton – Outstanding High School Student
Ms. Semaj Fielding – Outstanding College Student
Reverend Charlie L. Murray, Jr., Pastor – Religion

Charleston Boxing Club and Annual MOJA Cup

Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: Doors 6:00pm, Starts 7:00pm
Venue: Arthur Christopher Community Center
Address: 265 Fishburne Street
Admission: At the door; $15 Adults, $5 Students under 18, Free for children under 8
Coordinators: Osei Terry Chandler

A MOJA tradition, the Charleston Boxing Club Annual MOJA Cup highlights some of the region’s top all-star amateur boxers battling it out in their respective weight divisions. Participants weigh in between 2pm and 4pm. Tickets for the event are only available at the door. Bouts begin at 7pm.

MOJA Finale

Date: October 6
Time: 4:00pm until 8:00pm
Venue: Hampton Park
Address: 30 Mary Murray Boulevard
Admission: FREE

Close out the Festival in style! Everyone in your family will enjoy this free-to-attend celebration of all that the MOJA Arts Festival has to offer. From fascinating vendors and fantastic food choices to an evening of live music brought to you by Motown Throwdown, this party is sure to entertain.  Get ready to dance the night away!

The Motown Throwdown is a powerhouse group of some of Charleston’s best finest soul musicians. Vocalist Kanika “Kay Kay” Moore is backed by saxophonist Mike Quinn, guitarist Dave Grimm, drummer Stuart White and bassist Corey Stephens.