Jowanda E. Jordan Festival of Negro Spirituals, formerly Kwei-Kwei Festival of Negro Spirituals and originally named and chaired by the late Jowanda E. Jordan, will be held April 23 at 3 p.m. at Highland Park United Methodist Church, located at 3300 Mockingbird Lane.
Jordan was a charter member of the Dallas Branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians Inc. organized in 1985, now known as the Dallas Metroplex Musicians’ Association. In 2015, the music association unanimously elected to rename the festival.
Jordan also served as the Director of the Southern Region of NANM Inc., for more than eleven years. She championed the Negro spiritual throughout the community.
“We are ever grateful to Mrs. Jordan and many others for developing a culture of excellence and a platform for celebrating this uniquely American genre of music, The Negro Spiritual,” a spokesperson for the organization expressed.
“Currently, the spiritual is sung around the world. It is our hope that the festival will continue to present the Negro Spiritual as a genre worthy of study, performance and celebration, thus presenting it as a gift to generations to come. Participating performers throughout the region are committed to preserving and celebrating the Negro Spiritual.”
St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church will co-host the event with the DMMA as a part of its music series. For additional information, contact DMMA at 682-587-9646 or St. Luke at 214-821-2970.
SOURCE- Dallas Examiner