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The Beat of New Orleans: Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival

The Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival occurs every March in New Orleans, as a many Jazz Fest of sorts featuring music from Africa, Cuba and Brazil.

The Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival is an extension of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation that seeks to bring international music to New Orleans. Each March, Congo Square fills with the music from cultures that shaped New Orleans from the beginning and continue to thrive in the Crescent City today. The festival aids the rejuvenation of Armstrong Park since its grand reopening after its post-Katrina hiatus, with the help of the new Jazz in Armstrong Park concert series. The festival is really a mini Jazz Fest, offering the New Orleans festival trifecta of music, food and art. Dance and listen in Congo Square, the birthplace of American music.

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Video Transcript 

If you want to know how New Orleans music got its beat, then come to Congo
Square New World Rhythms Festival in a place it got started, Congo Square
in Armstrong Park.

The free two day festival takes place at the end of March every year and is
presented by the Jazz and Heritage Foundation. Besides this historic
background, the festival offers something for everyone.

You’re going see two stages of music and dancing. So you’re going to have a
really fabulous entertainment experience. We have music from Africa. We
have music from Brazil. We have music from Cuba. We are also going to have
some really great food, some of our local and regional food prepared by
chefs right here on premises. We have a wonderful arts market and a great,
great family atmosphere.

Experience what New Orleans music is all about at the Congo Square New
World Rhythms Festival. I’m Happy Johnson. As always, you’re at home in New