African Festival of the Arts Member Picks Soundboard

When: Aug. 29-30, 2:30-10 p.m. and Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 12-10 p.m. 2008

Presented by the Africa International House, the 19th annual African Festival of the Arts features music on three stages in a range of genres, among them jazz, blues, hip-hop, neosoul, gospel, and traditional African. (At press time the DJs on each stage had not been confirmed.) More than 300 vendors and artists fill the festival’s huge marketplace, and food and drink offerings include many cuisines of the African diaspora (jerk chicken, Senegalese wolof rice, Nigerian egusi) and a selection of South African wines.

A film pavilion will screen short and feature-length films produced by filmmakers of African ancestry; paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, and ceramics will be on display in the fine arts pavilion. Master drummers Olu Shakoor and Baba Tyehimba will give lessons in the Drum Village, which also hosts performances and demonstrations (you can even bring your own drum in for reskinning).

Other highlights include a children’s pavilion, a quilting pavilion, an author and book pavilion, and a pavilion supplementing the Hip-Hop Stage that pays homage to the African roots of hip-hop culture and its current global reach.


friday29
World Music Stage
2:30 DJ music
3:30 Spirit Dance Troupe
4:45 Siji
6:30 Fertile Ground

Dee Parmer Woodtor Stage
2:30 DJ music
4:30 Spirit Dance Troupe
6:15 Antoine
7:45 Al Hudson

Hip-Hop Stage
5:00 Rhymefest Chi-City Celebration featuring Mikkey Halsted, Twon Gabbz, Teefa, and All Natural

saturday30
World Music Stage
2:30 DJ music
3:30 Tribute to Motown
4:45 Youssoupha Sidibe
6:30 Ray Martinez

Dee Parmer Woodtor Stage
2:30 DJ music
4:30 Raices Habaneras
6:15 Les Nubians
7:45 New Orleans revival

Hip-Hop Stage
4:30 Special Ed
5:15 M’reld
5:45 Swamphouse
6:15 Lady of Rage
6:45 Notrydo Sincere
7:15 Big Daddy Kane

sunday31
World Music Stage
2:30 DJ music
3:30 Odies Williams
4:45 Roland Brown
6:30 New Orleans revival

Dee Parmer Woodtor Stage
2:30 DJ music
4:30 Mulgrew Miller
6:15 New Orleans revival
7:45 Rachelle Farrell

Hip-Hop Stage
Noon Guest DJ
4:00 Khari Lemuel
5:00 Keith Murray
6:15 Uneq’ka and Just Flow
7:00 Nice and Smooth

monday1
World Music Stage
2:30 DJ music
3:30 New Orleans revival
4:45 Voices
6:30 Diblo Dibala

Dee Parmer Woodtor Stage
2:30 Trinity Gospel Choir
4:30 Samba 1 featuring Dill Costa
6:15 Nicholas Payton
7:45 Kool & the Gang

Hip-Hop Stage
Noon Guest DJ
4:00 The Main Thang
5:00 Black Sheep
6:15 Rhymefest
7:00 Brand Nubian

Price: $15 at the gate, $10 in advance, $5 seniors and children under 12, four-day and family passes available

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