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SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 
1600 Guilford Ave. Baltimore, MD 21202


The festival begins at noon with a blessing and prayer and continues all afternoon with two stages, workshops, children’s activities, open mic, vendors, and the festival drum jams that are like no other.


Our Yard Stage, Street Stage, and Community Stage will feature a mix of local, national and international performance acts. Our workshops welcome beginners and those with more experience and are hands on and lots of fun.


Bring your drum if you have one, we have a Drum check space for our guests!


Our children’s area has craft activities and opportunities to play music. Vendors will offer delicious soul lifting options for all (vegetarian/vegan options available). Vendors will also offer unique crafts, art, clothing, jewelry, and drums and other musical instruments will be available.


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beginning on the GROOVE Stage





Baltimore Center Stage, Head Theater, 700 N Calvert St, Baltimore


Saturday, September 17, 2022 7:00PM

Location: Head Theater

Negative COVID PCR test within 72 hours of show time or
Proof of v
accination; and a photo ID is required to enter the theatre.

The Baltimore Rhythm Festival is a community based celebration of the diversity and unity of rhythm based cultural expression in our city and beyond. This year, following our free outside festival event in the yard and surrounding streets of 1600 Guilford Ave., we showcase two outstanding performance groups at Center Stage in concert at the Head Theatre.

Since 1969, Kulu Mele Dance and Drum Ensemble has been a leader in sustaining and inspiring generations of performers and audiences to experience the rich musical traditions of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora and their West African origins. Their work is internationally celebrated and recognized for their artistry and the contributions they have made to the Black community in the Mid Atlantic region from their homebase in Philadelphia.

The Osagyefo Dance Company brings together Ghanaian musicians and dancers from the DMV region with decades of experience to share the joy and artistry of their culture. A relatively new troupe, Osagyefo features outstanding dancers including Mustapha Breimah, Joe Binney, and Nuumo Adjetey Klufio.

Hosted by: Lady Brion is an international spoken word artist, curator, activist, organizer, educator and the executive director of the Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts and Entertainment District. She received her B.A. in Communication and Culture from Howard University and her MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Design from the University of Baltimore. During her slam career she has won the 2016 National Poetry Slam, the 2017/2019 Southern Fried Regional Slam, and the 2019 Rustbelt Regional Slam. Most recently she became the Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion and International Poetry Slam Champion (team slam) in April 2021. In 2018, she published a book and accompanying album called With My Head Unbowed. Lady Brion also serves on the board for DewMore Baltimore and as the Cultural Curator for a grassroots political think-tank called Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle in Baltimore.

Community Conversation Facilitator: Along with dazzling performances, the evening also includes a community conversation with members of these troupes and local cultural leaders in the area of African heritage and its relevance for sustaining and inspiring communities today. This conversation will be facilitated by Djeli and Kora master Amadou Kouyate and Amaniyea Payne, Cultural dance specialist and Choreographer. Audience members who choose to listen in to this conversation are welcome, and encouraged to make an additional contribution to the Baltimore Rhythm Festival to support this gathering.


Message from Center Stage: Baltimore Center Stage’s first priority is the health, safety and well-being of our audiences, staff, artists, and guests. Our current policy is that masks must be worn at Baltimore Center Stage and may only be removed in designated eating and drinking areas. Proof of an up-to-date vaccination (if eligible booster is required) or a negative COVID PCR test within 72 hours of show time; and a photo ID is required before each visit. Learn More,

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