Drum calls for Gullah/Geechee celebration

  • Friday, August 1, 2014

As Black Music Month 2014 comes to a close, the Gullah/Geechee Nation brings out the drums to call the entire world to gather for another Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week on the Sea Islands of the South Carolina coast culminating with the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™ 2014 in Charleston, Georgetown, and Myrtle Beach.

This will be the third year of celebrating the final week of July as “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week.” Each year, the celebration has been expanding.

It has become a larger partnership of cities and townships along the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s coast.

Initially launched in the City of Charleston, the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™ (www.gullahgeechee.info) will return there Aug. 1 and 2 and will be the major site for gathering for this drum call.

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions™ are the co-founders of the official international celebration of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Each year, they take the event to different parts of the African Diaspora and the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

This year, the journey will begin with the Charleston RiverDogs “Gullah/Geechee Nation Night at The Joe” on Aug. 1 and will continue on Sat., Aug. 2 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Charleston Maritime Center.

Saturday is “Gullah/Geechee Reunion Day” and will feature a number of Gullah/Geechee craft artisans, painter Saundra Renee Smith, the premiere of the documentary, “Wilmington on Fire.” and performances by a number of native Gullah/Geechee musical groups.

The entire weekend of celebration will culminate with “Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day” in Georgetown and Myrtle Beach on Sun., Aug. 3.

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