Monday, April 4, 2016
The International Fiesta is a community event sponsored by the World Neighbors Association and the MSU Holmes Cultural Diversity Center. The 26th annual International Fiesta took place on the MSU drill field on April 2nd. The fiesta is a day filled with traditional clothing, cultural displays, music, dance, and cuisine from around the world. JEMBE DEN led the parade of flags of the world and played six different pieces as part of the opening ceremony. JEMBE DEN is a percussion ensemble comprised of Dr. Bob’s students. They play primarily for cultural and educational programs throughout Mississippi. Their repertoire consists of the traditional dance rhythms of the West African region now known as Mali and Guinea: the original home of the jembe drum. Jembe Den also plays traditional rhythms of Nigeria, Ghana, and the African diaspora. Their rhythms are traditionally associated with social gatherings and community celebrations.