Wednesday, September 7, 2011
You Missed It...The African Festival of The Arts...
If you didn't attend this year's African Festival of The Arts, you surely missed something quite pleasurable, relaxing, entertaining and cultural! It's four days of sheer magic with the opportunity to see musical artists from around the globe, this year's roster was fit for any king or Queen with India Arie, Mary Mary to Rn'B greats Chico DeBarge and Christopher Williams.The weather was great and this event never gets old because of its warmth, beauty and charm!
With Chrysler as the title sponsor, this year's festival was simply awesome! The vendors always bring the best in African inspired crafts and products. Even in this anemic economy, this festival is affordable and one of the best tickets in town, each and every Labor Day Weekend! I truly enjoyed so much of this festival with Mary Mary as one of my favorites, it was my first time seeing them live and they didn't disappoint. I had been struggling with physical challenges, so this dynamic duo was just what my soul needed. The crowd was energetic and swaying to contemporary gospel music at its best as Tina and Erica belted out hit after hit, from "Shackles" to the beautiful and emotional "Yesterday!" The stages at the African Festival of Arts are always "on fire" with Caribbean and African performances to hip hop, R&B, Jazz and gospel.
One thing anyone can attest to is that Chicago is one of the best summer cities on the earth! Every Labor Day Weekend comes an excitement because many know it's time for The African Festival of The Arts. After a couple of decades of putting together one of the finest cultural festivals in the country, if not the world, The International House has never fallen short to excite and amaze concert goers and this year was no different!
The food was soooooooo good, if you like authentic African and Caribbean food, this is the place. I had some of the best tasting grilled jerk fish I've ever experienced! There are many stages and attractions for the entire family on Chicago's Southside in Washington Park and there's even parking!
It's imperative that we continue to support this festival because the cultural enrichment and exposure it offers is priceless!
The African International House is available to you all year long, please visit their website and show support for an outstanding organization that's making an incredible difference!
African International House www.aihusa.org