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Singers from the Omnira Institute's Awon Omnira Choir create connections between the African-American experience and African spirituality through their sacred drumming and chants. Photo by Sonia Narang/ACTA.
Young performers from Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center prepare for their performance. Photo by Sonia Narang/ACTA.
Students from the Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center perform.
Rehearsal with musicians from La Familia Peña-Govea, a family of musicians who perform traditional Mexican songs with an activist Chicano perspective. Photo by Sonia Narang/ACTA.
La Familia Peña-Govea perform. Photo by Sonia Narang/ACTA.
ACTA Executive Director Amy Kitchener. Photo by Sonia Narang/ACTA.
Master of Ceremony Rhodessa Jones, co-artistic director of the acclaimed San Francisco theater company Cultural Odyssey and recipient of the prestigious U.S. Artist Fellowship. Photo by Sonia Narang/ACTA.
21-year-old Kurdish-Alevi musician Isik Berfin, who performed with her mother Özden Öztoprak. Their distinct Kurdish repertoire of songs stem from a Sufi spiritual tradition that has passed down behind closed doors, from Özden’s grandparents to Berfin. Photo by Sonia Narang/ACTA.
Audience members at the 2018 Sounds of California Concert in Bayview.
Hear from some of the artists who participated in the Sounds of California recording sessions in Mayfair in this video:
Hear L.A.-based musician Martha González of the band Quetzal speak about why it is important to highlight and share local culture at the national level:
Hear the performing artists from the 2015 concert in dialogue with each other and ACTA board president Dan Sheehy:
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