Grammy Award-Winning Percussionist Chief Ayanda Clarke Launches African Diaspora Program


Grammy Award-winning percussionist Chief Ayanda Clarke is launching “True to Our Native Land,” a cultural appreciation program of the global African diaspora, at the Brooklyn Bank in Bedford Stuyvesant on Friday, December 14, and Saturday, December 15. 

The event, named after the last line of the Black national anthem, aims to reconnect African Americans with their African heritage, Clarke explained.

“We all come from someplace,” Clarke said. “And while many people can speak to where their families hailed from, it’s important for African Americans to be able to do so, too. But oftentimes, it stops for us with slavery. ‘True to Our Native Land’ offers a way for us to understand who we are as African people in the diaspora and to connect to an…

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