WDET’s own Ismael Ahmed talks Concert of Colors, National Endowment of the Arts

The festival is free, live and in-person with multiple events at different locations between July 16-24.

Ismael Ahmed (right) spinning records in 2019.

The Concert of Colors, metro Detroit’s free annual diversity-themed music festival, returns this week for its 30th year. It was established by WDET’s own Ismael Ahmed, host of “This Island Earth.” The concert’s goal is to unite metro Detroit’s diverse communities and ethnic groups through music and dance from around the world. The full lineup and schedule of events is available at the concert’s website.

“Our mission is to bring together peoples of all kinds to enjoy each other’s music, culture, company and to learn from each other.” — Ismael Ahmed, founder of Concert of Colors


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Ismael Ahmed is the producer and host of “This Island Earth.” He is also a presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts, and founder of the Concert of Colors. He says the festival started as a way to bring communities together.

“Our mission is to bring together peoples of all kinds to enjoy each other’s music, culture, company and to learn from each other,” says Ahmed.

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