|Africans getting down|
Though the organizers pushed it as an Africa Day for Islamic countries, people from many non-Islamic countries of Africa turned up to represent themselves as well. Notably Ghana, Congo, and South Africa (who brought with them a large selection of wine). The Congo table probably had the best food, providing super hot sauce, some shish kebab, and some deep fried balls of awesome - similar to American fried corn bread balls. Except for the South Africa table, drinks were somewhat lacking, since Muslims don't typically drink alcohol. Luckily, it was adjacent to the Dejvicka Farmer's Market, which is something of a festival in and of itself, so most people simply meandered over there for some craft beer.
|Africa Day at the Dejvicka market|
Also at the African Day Festival was a great deal of live music, which is something that's often tragically missing from the Farmer's Markets in Prague. It's something small but something that could certainly add a lot. For the part that I was there, there were about 3 or 4 guys on djembes - tall drums played sitting down - and a cajone - a box you sit on top of and tap out the beat. Also there were some guys with shakers and cow bells, adding ever increasing rhythmic complexity that African music is known for - not to generalize, as there is a huge diversity of musical styles and rhythms throughout the continent. In front of the musicians were Africans getting down to the music. One guy with his hands up, feeling the groove, kicking around, while several big bootied women floated around, shaking their junk. There was no theme or organization in the dancing, and I think they were just some excited folk who were hoping to get the otherwise bewildered and stationary Czechs into their groove. The Czechs, for their part, seemed interested in the happenings, but continued sipping their beers and watching - the same as I was doing.
Overall, it was a pretty positive event, and I was happy to get my spicy sauce and fried ball stuff on. And I was even happier when the Egyptians started giving out their cheese and meat fried dumplings for free. Because I'm always happy about free stuff.