Schedule, Performers, and Speakers

We are constantly updating the 2019 Durham Refugee Day Schedule as groups confirm – keep checking in for the latest updates!

2019 Speakers:

Jillian Johnson, Durham City Council Member

Wasif Qureshi, Islamic Relief USA – Raleigh

Cing, refugee from Burma

Fidel, refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo

2019 Performers:


Dub Addis combines intricate Ethiopian melodies with the rhythms of Reggae to create an original sound that moves both the heart and mind. Continuing the rich traditions of Ethiopian music and the legacy of the great Reggae artists, the music of dub Addis unites people of all backgrounds in a celebration of life. For over a decade dub Addis has shared their passion with their audiences. They have shared the stage with Huge Masekela, The Wailers, Steel Pulse, Arrested Development, and many others.


Singing duo Lost n Sound started with the purpose of creating inspiring and uplifting music that is as energetic as it is meaningful. With influences from across the African diaspora, hip-hop, jazz, neo-soul, and reggae, Lost n Sound has developed a sound that stimulates thought and elevates spirits. Donnae Ward-Laughinghouse, originally from the Bahamas, blends her vocal and writing talents with North Carolina’s Chris Macon who brings his guitar, keyboard, and vocal skills to create a sound that is international, cutting edge nostalgic and fresh. Lost n Sound has shared the stage with nationals acts such as poet Sunni Patterson and national recording artist Chrissette Michelle. Currently, Lost n Sound is working on new recordings to be released the summer of 2019, spearheaded by their upcoming singles “Don’t Take Us Lightly” and “Down.”

4Pali Debkah group

Dance group 4Pali Baladna Debkah Team from NC State will also be performing at Durham Refugee Day 2019.


Kelvin “Josh” Padilla is a young man who has lived in the United States since he was 14 years old. Born in Juticalpa, Honduras and raised by his paternal grandparents, the Honduran singer-songwriter has reached the hearts of many people through music and lyrics. Josh has released an album with two original songs and six covers. In the single from this album, Josh tells part of his immigration story. His music is inspired by the bachata singing from his childhood, and artists such as Raulin Rodriguez and Anthony Santos.

Activities (Ongoing throughout the event):

  • Vendors from around the world selling food, clothing and jewelry from Pakistan, El Salvador, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, and more!
  • Community education booths and activities for kids
  • Futsal/Soccer facilitated by Durham Atlético