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New Orleans Healing Center hosts Sacred Music Festival March 10 

Music and ceremonies highlight various faiths

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The New Orleans Sacred Music Festival features music and demonstrations from a wide array of religions and spiritual practices, as well as a peace walk and more at the New Orleans Healing Center March 10. The festival includes music by Deacon John, mantra music by Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band, Tibetan Buddhist chants, gospel singing by Cynthia Girtley, Jewish cantorial music led by Joel Colman, Yoruban music by Michael Skinkus and Moyuba, a Muslim call to prayer and hip-hop by Sonny D. There's also a Voodoo ceremony and a Hindu fire sacrifice.   The schedule starts with a peace walk departing from St. Roch Park at 10 a.m. Saturday. Performances and ceremonies take place at Cafe Istanbul and throughout the Healing Center from 10:30 a.m. to 9:55 p.m. A series of altars highlight various faiths, including Russian Orthodox, Christian, Wiccan and Black Hawk altars, as well as a Buddhist flower mandala.   There are workshops featuring yoga, meditation, mysticism and more on March 8 and 9. Admission is free.   New Orleans Healing Center. 2372 St. Claude Ave., (504) 940-1130; www.neworleanssacredmusicfestival.org.

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