2017 Schedule

November 2
5:30PM – 9:00PM

OPENING NIGHT
UC BERKELEY: Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology          103 Kroeber Hall  Berkeley CA 94720

Come enjoy Orisa Urban World Festival opening night! View Gale Madyun's traveling 16 Protection Shields Show, Listen to the vocal blessings of Sula Spirit, Watch Daktari Dance Medicine Collective liberate and illuminate spirit, and embrace the teachings of Dr Wade Nobles

5:30-6pm arriving mingle meet & greet

5:45-6:30pm Opening Prayers & libation by Awon Ohun Omnira

6-7:15pm unveiling of The Traveling 16 Protection Shields  Art Exhibit by The Artist Gale Madyun

6:30-6:45pm Songs to Orisa by Sula Spirit

6:45-7pm Dakrari Dance Medicine Collective 

7pm - 7:15pm Songs of Protection By Prosperity Movement

7:15-7:30pm Introduction of keynote speakers by Gale Madyun

7:30-9pm Conversations on Sacred Protection  with Dr Nobles

& Dr. Will Coleman

NOVEMBER 3
6:00PM – 10:00PM

photo credit: Robbie Sweeney

First Friday: Protection rituals 

REGINA'S DOOR 352 17th ST  Oakland, CA 94612

(17th Street Between Franklin & Webster will be blocked off for Festival)

6:00pm-7:00pm Protection Drummers

7:00pm-7:15pm House Full of Black Women "Protection" street ritual

7:15pm-730pm Lea Arellano "Protection" street ritual

7:30pm-8pm Prosperity Movement

8:00pm -10pm "Voices of Protection" Featuring: Najee Amaranth, Jahniah Omi Bahari, Mandela Msanii, Noelle Guess, Xenia Charles, Indigo Mateo, Nicia De' Lovely, A.Spearman & Co., Rashida Chase, Venus Morris          

November 4
8:30AM– 3:00PM

Healing & protection & poetry

RAFIKI COALITION 601 Cesar Chavez StSan Francisco CA 94124

8:30am Breakfast and Registration

9:30am Movement Class

10am-12pm All Complementary Medicine: Acupuncture, Massage, Chiropractic

10:35am-11am Lunch

11am-1pm  Sunni Patterson, "Forgiving and Forgetting": Practicing the Art of Release workshop 

11am-1pm  The Artist Gale Madyun. "Protection Shields" Create a Protection Shield workshop 

1:30pm-3pm "Protection Poetry" Featuring: Sunni Patterson, Dr. Ayodele "WordSlanger" Nzinga, Tyson Amir, Osunfemi Wanbi Njeri, Hosted By Sula Spirit

november 5

2:00pm-4:00pm

Omnira Institute’s 2nd Annual African American Day of the Ancestors.


Evergreen Cemetery, 6450 Camden St, Oakland, CA 94605

With help from members of an Egungun society, we will set up points of sacredness and enact ‘Oro Egun’ chants for the ancestors accompanied by Bata drums. While ‘Oro Egun’ proceeds, we will ritually sweep the graves.
White clothes, if possible.
Repast to follow, TBD
The AADOTA is meant as a revival of a cultural observance among African Americans a few generations ago known as ‘Grave-Sweeping Day.'
‘Grave-Sweeping Day,' can be said to emerge from long-standing practices all over the African continent of caring for the memory of our forebears. Haiti’s Gede celebration and the Catholic All Saints’ Day of New Orleans certainly derive from those practices. More concretely, where Jim Crow prevailed, Black people had to take care of their own, separate graveyards. Often under the auspices of church leadership, Black folks took a day to attend the graves, cutting grass and sweeping away detritus. An all-day affair, they took a picnic lunch, paralleling the Latino Dia de Los Muertos.

To revive ‘Grave-Sweeping Day,’ or what we are deeming the African American Day of the Anestors, we chose Evergreen Cemetery, the site of the mass grave of the victims of the Jonestown mass suicides, which took place in Jonestown, Guyana, on Nov. 18, 1978.
By ‘sweeping’ these graves, we are refusing to erase the memory of the faith and aspirations of the members of Peoples' Temple who had uprooted themselves from their homes in the San Francisco-Bay Area and gone to Guyana to make a better life for themelves.
Jonestown, then, is reminiscent of the many small towns and settlements black people built after the Civil War, including California’a own Allensworth. But Jonestown is also, tragically, reminiscent of the successful ones that were destroyed in so-called race riots like Greenwood, OK, and Rosewood, FL

November 8
10:00PM – 2:00AM

Live music!!

Upstairs at LEGIONNAIRE SALOON 2272 Telegraph Ave
Oakland CA 94612

Prosperity Movement and Ogunlano Music will perform with a live bands

Come hear the fusion of Orisa, Hip Hop, World, R&B, Reggae, Jazz and Blues 

21+ Club

November 10
8:00PM – 9:30PM

protection theater: cops & Robbers hunter poetry

2120 Allston WayBerkeley CA 94704

17 Character one man play by Jinho Ferreira accompanied by WolfHawkJaguar 

November 10
10:00PM – 1:00AM

Marsh cabaret: all white performance party 

2120 Allston Way Berkeley CA 94704

Come enjoy Cops & Robbers After-Party. Wear your best whites! WolfHawkJaguar, Osunfemi Wanbi Njeri, Ogunlano Music, Spear of the Nation, Sister Iminah & Mama C Charlotte Hill O'Neal will take the stage. All Ages!

November 11
10:00AM – 2:00PM

PROTECTION SHIELDS & SONG WORKSHOP

UC BERKELEY Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

103 Kroeber Hall Berkeley CA 94720

10am-11am  Let Sula Spirit transform the space through her Orisa Song Workshop as you prepare to birth your shield of Protection!

 11am-2pm  Gale Madyun, a Spiritual Energy Artist who uses recycled objects and memories to provide technical and emotional direction for participants to remember. With the energy of natural instincts, traditions, and past experiences of a protective shield. Created from the palm fronds, to become a source of sacred medicine and healing the Protection Shield emerged. Participants will communicate with The Artist prior to workshop to identify participant energy trigger points to create their own individual Protection Shield as a source of healing. To participate in this workshop send an email to, prosperitymovementmusic@gmail.com  Space is limited!

November 11
6:00PM – 9:00PM

film festival: fundraiser for uaacc

RAFIKI COALITION 601 Cesar Chavez St San Francisco CA 94124

Come enjoy the captivating and inspiring films while supporting a great cause. Food, Popcorn, Drink, Fun times.UAACC, United African Alliance Community Center, is based in Arusha, Tanzania East Africa co-founded by Black Panther Charlotte "Mama C" Hill O'Neal. 

  • Protection Shields by 393Films
  • Mama C Urban Warrior in the African Bush by Charlotte Hill O'Neal
  • Egungun Fest Ilesa Ire by Odun Ogunlano 
  • Voices for Freedom: The Hyers Sisters' Legacy by Susheel Bibbs 

November 12
11:00AM – 2:00PM

malonga center for the arts: protection song & dance classes

1428 Alice StreetOakland, CA. 94612

Come sing and dance with the Orisa!    

Sliding Scale $15-$20

11am  Orisa Song with Sula Spirit of Zion Trinity

11:45am Dance with Odun Ogunlano

12:30pm Dance with Asatu Musunama Hall-Allah

November 17
6:00PM – 9:00PM

protection theater: 52 Letters

REGINA'S DOOR 352 17th ST Oakland, CA 94612

"52 Letters" Play by Regina Evans

Regina Y. Evans, a native of Oakland, Ca,  is an award winning social justice poet, playwright and performer. Her stage play 52 Letters, which brings awareness to the fight against modern day slavery, was honored to win Best of SF Fringe Festival, 2013. She has performed her social justice stage plays and poetic works at many venues around the country.

November 18
11:00AM – 2:00PM

protection shields workshop

REGINA'S DOOR  352 17th ST Oakland, CA 94612

Gale Madyun, a Spiritual Energy Artist who uses recycled objects and memories to provide technical and emotional direction for participants to remember. With the energy of natural instincts, traditions, and past experiences of a protective shield. Created from the palm fronds, to become a source of sacred medicine and healing the Protection Shield emerged. Participants will communicate with The Artist prior to workshop to identify participant energy trigger points to create their own individual Protection Shield as a source of healing. To participate in this workshop send an email to, prosperitymovementmusic@gmail.com  Space is limited!

November 30
6pm-8pm

closing ceremony: unveiling protection

UC BERKELEY: Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

103 Kroeber HallBerkeley CA 94720

Unveiling of Protection Shields by Workshop Participants

December 1
3PM – 5PM

first friday: Unveiling protection

REGINA'S DOOR 352 17th STOakland, CA 94612

Unveiling of Protection Shields by Workshop Participants

December 2
11AM-1PM

closing ceremony: unveiling protection

RAFIKI COALITION 601 Cesar Chavez StSan Francisco CA 94124

Unveiling of Protection Shields by Workshop Participants

 2016 Schedule

Friday March 11th

Oro Lati Enu Awon Agba: When the Elders Speak

Come greet, meet and participate in a panel discussion of Ifa Elders as they reveal how Orisa manifests through their art. Enjoy food, libations, acoustic sounds of Zion Trinity, Charlotte Hill O'Neal & Awon Ohun Omnira, an African Marketplace, the company of uplifted beautiful people and DJ Kobie Quashie!

Oakstop 1721 Broadway Suite 201 Oakland 

7:00 PM - 12 AM 

 Saturday March 12th

Sounds of Orisa Urban World

A festival that pays tribute to the artistic beauty and wisdom of the Orisa manifested through art in the Urban World community. Artists from around the world unite to display their creative journeys through music, film, words and art. Headliners include Bobi Cespedes, Zion Trinity, WolfHawkJaguar and many more...

The Uptown 1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland 

8 PM - 1 AM