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.

Poetry and Storytelling: Damon Fordham

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 6:00pm
Venue: Cannon Street Arts Center
Address: 134 Cannon Street
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and Tribal Raine
Hosts: Charleston Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Damon L. Fordham, a Spartanburg native who was raised in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, is an author and adjunct professor of history at The Citadel and Charleston Southern University. He has researched and written extensively on the lesser-known stories of Charleston’s Black history. He has written three books on the subject, has contributed occasional articles on such stories to The Charleston Chronicle since 1998, and has conducted local tours and lectures. Fordham has also appeared in the Turner South Network Commercial My South Speaks (2006) and the History Channel Documentary The American Revolution (2005). He has served as a commentator for the British Broadcasting Company’s documentary The Real Amos and Andy and the South Carolina Educational Television Documentaries All the Children of All the People, Where Do We Go from Here, and Africans in America-A South Carolina Perspective.  Fordham will tell stories of African folklore and history along with similar tales of Charleston during the MOJA Arts Festival.

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
Purchase Tickets Here

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 Harbor Cruise featuring Dante Lewis

Date: Wednesday, October 2
Time: 8:00 pm; Boarding 7:30 pm
Venue: Spiritline Harbor Cruise aboard the Spirit of Charleston
Address: Harbor Walk Dock at Aquarium Wharf (dock to the left of the Aquarium)

Admission: $25


“BOARDING @ 7:30PM No backpacks or large tote bags will be allowed onboard Boat has limited handicapped accessibility; please call Spiritline Cruises at (843) 722-2628 for specifics about accessibility “

Dante Lewis is a professional saxophonist based in Columbia, South Carolina. He performs a mix of smooth jazz, classic jazz, R&B, Top 40 and old school music, and most recently released an Anita Baker tribute album entitled, A Sweet Love: Tribute to Anita Baker. Dante channels his genuine personality through his music, which creates a contagious positive energy and a fun, energetic flavor for every audience who hears him play.

Saxophone – Dante Lewis
Bass – Rod Kind
Drums – Fred Burrell
Keys – Superior Edwards

PURE presents Choir Boy

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 7:30pm; Thursday, October 3 7:30pm; Friday, October 4 7:30pm; Saturday, October 5, 3:00pm
Venue: Dock Street Theatre
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: $31

The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical black men. Pharus wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the school’s legendary gospel choir. Can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? Nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Play.