"Singing is twice praying" This tour begins in Treme' the oldest African American neighborhood in the US. St. Augustine Church the first Black Catholic in the country, is a historic landmark of New Orleans. We meet on the side of the church by the "Tomb of the unknown slaves grave" on Governor Nicolls Street. This is also the congregation where Homer Plessy ( Plessy vs. Ferguson separate but equal) came from. I know this church very well I was a Gospel soloist here for many years. Free people of color was unique during the antebellum period in the deep South, only in New Orleans did free people of color obtain land and privileges like education ect. Walking and talking we continue through Treme to Armstrong Park and Congo Square, we hear some of the rare stories stories about Louis Armstrong and other New Orleans music legends and traditions. Last we enter the deep truth about slavery in Louisiana, we wont dwell but I will tell the truth and it ain't nothing nice, but it's important to know the past. At the tree of Life We sing and lift our Spirit up. Heading out of the park, its time for refreshments something sweet & cool at my favorite coffee shop "Fatimas Cosy Corner.
Hi my name is Mikhala "Jazz Muffin" Iversen I'm a Jazz vocalist and storyteller. I'm also the co- founder of the #1 Black Heritage & jazz tour in New Orleans. I love New Orleans: the good the bad and the ugly, I think all three stories are important to get the full picture of the memorizing Crescent City. Music is deep in my blood generations of Jazz bread in my bones, and Jazz got me here, 10 years ago I came to sing, and was invited back I fell in love with New Orleans. Looking for the stories about the African slave-trade in Louisiana and the musical connection between Senegal and New Orleans, it was not that easy. Therefor I've created what I couldn't find, 5 star reviews only.
One Cookie or a piece of delicious Turkish handmade sweets.
Ice tea or hot tea depending on the weather.
Treme' is oldest Black neighborhood in the US with beautiful colorful hand carved Creole cottages, there are secret messages hiding in the rod iron work. St. Augustine Church first African American catholic Church, build during slavery 1841. Haitian/ African influence is everywhere.Armstrong Park sculpture Garden, music legends of New Orleans surrounded by Magnolia trees and water fountains. Congo Square birthplace of Jazz. Fatimas Cozy Corner
Please wear comfortable shoes, come hydrated if it's hot, bring umbrellas if it's raining. Bathrooms will be available at the end of the tour, so kindly "use it" prior to the tour.
"Singing is praying" w. Jazz Vocalist