The work was dedicated to the storm ravaged city and co-written by Marsalis and Yacub Addy, the Ghanania drum master whose band Odaddaa! joined the Lincoln Center Orchestra to perform the masterpiece.
Congo Square was inspired by the public square of the same name where in the 1700’s and 1800’s slaves could gather and perform African music and dance.
This was the only place in the United States where this could occur and many agree that this is what made it possible for New Orleans to become the birthplace of jazz.
Congo Square: The Crescent City Concert|