MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- The City of Mount Vernon will welcome a delegation of dignitaries and members of the Musicians Union of Ghana to officially launch Ghana Music Week 2016 at City Hall, from 4-7 p.m. Saturday.
The delegation will arrive in Mount Vernon to present an award to Rabbi Kohain Nathanya Halevi, a native of the city. American-born Halevi is a founder of the city’s former Bereshith Cultural Institute and was a driving force behind the widely attended African Family Day run in Mount Vernon for many years.
Since the mid-1990s, Halevi, who was instrumental in establishing the sister city relationship, encouraged an appreciation for Ghanaian culture and music in the city and has shared his experiences growing up in Mount Vernon with Ghana.
This Ghana Music Festival international launch in Mount Vernon, the first of its kind for the nation, is the result of a sister city relationship shared between Ghana's city of Elmina, in the central region of Ghana, and Mount Vernon.
”Mount Vernon has had a great relationship with the Ghanaian community,” said Mayor Ernest Davis. “In choosing this city and one of our own to recognize who was born and raised here to receive recognition for promoting arts and culture in Ghana and exposing that creativity to the African diaspora around the world is fantastic.”
Throughout the week festival-goers also can sample food and drinks, as well as purchase art and experience the rich culture of the nation.
Later in the evening, there will be a concert at BB Kings Blues Club and Grill, at 237 W. 42nd St., New York City. Ghanaian artists Gasmilla, Joey B, Pappy Kojo, Guru, AB Crensil,Obour, Bessa Simons and many more major artists are scheduled to perform.
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