Global cultures come together at Umoja (Unity) Gala in Concord

United cultures from around the world, the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS) presents the second annual Umoja (Unity) Gala, with food, music and fashion, at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave., Concord.

There will be an array of cuisine from Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, including: Matbusha, a thick, flavorful dip served with flatbread; Malabar prawns; Egyptian Lahma Bil Basal, tender beef in a rich onion sauce; Channa Masala Chole, chickpea curry; Tharid, Emirati lamb stew; plantain cake; and mandazi, African donuts.

The musical lineup will feature Martin Toe, a local hip-hop artist originally from Liberia, and the Himalaya Heritage Performing Arts Group presenting classical kirtan and Nepali folk songs, plus the Jamhuri Band will return with Swahili music.

Emelyne Adios of Style by Emelyne will present a fashion show featuring clothing designs made of kitenge, a fabric with brightly colored designs from her native country of Burundi.

The first Umoja Gala took place in February 2019 as a fundraiser for New American Africans (NAA), a post-resettlement organization for African refugees in New Hampshire. Last year ORIS and NAA merged.

Source: Union leader

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