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Jeff Klein // director

Founded in 2007, AfricaNOLA is an artist-run organization that preserves and shares West African culture in New Orleans through the teaching and performance of traditional West African music and jazz. AfricaNOLA supports four unique ensembles led by native West African musicians:

  • Africa Brass, an integration of African rhythms, New Orleans brass, and jazz
  • Kora Konnection, a blend of Mandinka music and jazz
  • African/Zydeco Revue, a combination of African and Zydeco music
  • African Village, a drum and dance ensemble

Our education program provides music training as well as mentorship for Louisiana youth aged 8-18 years. New Orleans is known for its music, and AfricaNOLA believes that the next generation of musicians who live here should have exposure to the roots that gave birth to the local music culture. By instilling a cultural understanding of the roots of New Orleans music, young musicians can use  their learning to launch and create their own modes of expression to contribute to the ever-evolving artistic fabric of the world.

Africa NOLA musicians performing


Support for AfricaNOLA can be made by donating to its fiscal sponsor, the National Performance Network.  Click the button below and you will be directed to Network for Good’s Donate Now service.  Next to “Program Designation,” click on the drop-down box and select “AfricaNOLA.”

NPN is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions support the programming of NPN and the designated programs of the New Orleans Local Network and are fully tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. All donations are acknowledged by letter. We don’t engage in phone solicitation, nor will we sell or rent your contact information to any third party.

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