Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

03/29/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/29/2021 12:47

Mimouna: A Festival of Good Neighbors

April 5, 2021
12-1 p.m.
Virtual celebration (Zoom)

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Come celebrate good neighbors with African Art. Mimouna, a festival based on Moroccan narratives of unity, commemoration, goodwill, and friendship, marks the end of Passover and the advent of spring.

Enjoy the rich and diverse influences of Gnawa and Andalusi music performed by Ismail Bouzidoune and Mor Karbasi. Gnawa mixes classical Islamic beats with African traditional rhythms. Andalusi music, originally developed in al-Andalus in the Iberian Peninsula in the 9th century by the native Muslim population, influenced many different styles of music across the Maghreb, including piyyutim (liturgical music of Moroccan Jews), which is sung in Hebrew, Arabic, and Haketía.

Presented in partnership with the Sephardic Heritage International DC (SHIN DC), the Embassy of Israel, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco. Inspired by the exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange Across Medieval Saharan Africa.

The Global Religions of Africa Initiative at the National Museum of African Art is generously supported by the Lilly Endowment Inc.