Artists at World Festival of Black Arts Share Pan-African Vision
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"If America is the United States of America, then why can't Africa be the United States of Africa?, asked Jean."
"I want to learn about the homeland. I want to learn about partnerships. What we can do," said Masters. "What we can bring to the table. What we can bring back, what resources. I want to talk about and learn about student exchanges in the medical field, trade possibilities, possibilities about people coming over to work on some of the projects here."
"One of the things that I laid on the heart of the ministers is the inclusion of the hip-hop generation and how important that is, because it be will the young people who will be able to carry on the legacy, the policy and the decision making that we will raise here at this festival," Blakely said.
Poet Marc Alexandre Oho Bambe says the event was a great chance to share in the idea of a United Africa with other artists from around the continent.
"Pan-Africanism is a beautiful idea. And, like all the beautiful ideas, [we] have to share, we have to share Pan-Africanism. We have to share our Afro-optimism, and we have to learn the young generations to believe in themselves first, in their country, motherland, in Africa," Bambe said. "And, in all the heritage we take from the past. The first FESMAN was a beautiful project and for some persons just an utopia, and utopia and dreams build the world. Utopia and dreams really build the world."
The first festival was held in Dakar in 1966 and was conceived by former Senegalese President Leopold Senghor as a way to celebrate the recent independence of African countries from their colonial powers. The second FESMAN was held in Nigeria in 1977. This year's festival Dakar marked just the third time for the event, as well as a return to its original site.
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