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31 January 2003

Oko Drammeh Speaks at Festival in China

(L-R) Oko Drammeh, the Mayor of Guangzou Province, Scott Nagel

Nanning, China -- Producer and African Music Festival Founder Oko Drammeh visited Nanning, China recently to speak at the International Arts & Folk Festival and to pave the way for the introduction of the African Music Festival to China and the rest of Asia. Drammeh stressed the importance of culture and the professional presentation of cultural expositions to audiences around the world as a means of bringing people closer together as well as honoring and preserving the music of indigeneous people around the world.

Drammeh met with organizers of festivals from a number of countries and relayed his experiences from his more than 20-year history organizing concerts, festivals, symposiums, art shows and other cultural manifestations.

Drammeh's visit culminated in an invitation to set up an office in China in order to bring the African Music Festival to China next year. "I'm looking forward to sharing the music of the African continent with the wonderful people of China and the rest of Asia,"Drammeh explains. To read the text of Mr. Drammeh's speech click here.

Oko appears in a Chinese newspaper.