Edwin Buggage Editor-in-Chief Data News Weekly
Recently, New Orleans own Big Chief Shaka Zulu was one of several honorees during the 2023 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows Ceremony. This event was in-person since COVID-19, acknowledging the 2020-2022 honorees in a live ceremony in Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress.
The NEA National Heritage Fellowships is the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Each year since 1982, the program recognizes recipients’ artistic excellence, lifetime achievement, and contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage.
“It was an honor to represent my City and to receive this award. The work I have done over the years to be an ambassador and showcase who we are to the world has been a privilege. It is important in these times that authentic New Orleans artists and traditions are recognized. So, to receive this honor is a testament that our traditions matter and must be preserved not just for the people of New Orleans, but for the world, “says Zulu.