Damon J. Batiste
Damon J. Batiste is president, founder and cultural ambassador of the New Orleans South Africa Connection (NOSACONN). He is also an active member of New Orleans Arts and Education Initiative and founder of Batiste Cultural Arts Academy, now called the Re New Cultural Arts Academy. This initiative focuses on the development of at risk youth by introducing them to community resources interested in educating of the total student.
Mr. Batiste has been involved in the music business and cultural wellness projects internationally. He is the founder of an after school literacy program, Arts, Music, which is referred to as AMPM. He has traveled to South Africa promoting business initiatives since 1998. His efforts are concentrated on international economic development through education, trade, music, art & tourism. In 2004, he was the driving force behind South Africa’s 10th anniversary celebration in the USA. NOSACONN will also be the first US Company to enter the primary installment of South Africa’s Walk of Fame in March 2015.
He has been a part of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival since 1990 and Essence Music Festival, since 1996 as a producer.
The Batiste family is recognized locally as music icons, with over 40 year of experience.
Damon J. Batiste is a devoted family man. He is married to Johanna Maison and is the proud father of three children, daughters, Leilah, Nala and son, DJ. A personal passion for Mr. Batiste is caring for his son, who has cerebral palsy. For the last 3 years, he has partnered with Ochsner Hospital, Northshore for an annual fundraiser for special needs children and their families.
Damon Batiste not only inherited his musical talent and interest in community activism; but family values and family love were instilled in his heart; that’s where it all started.