Dancehall acts for Chicago festival
The four-day 27th Annual African/Caribbean International Festival of Life returns to its official home, Washington Park - DuSable Museum Sunken Garden, Chicago, Illinois, from July 4 to 7.
Among the line-up for the events are reggae/dancehall and world music entertainers, such as Busy Signal, Mr Vegas, Baby Cham, Elephant Man, and soca star Nadia Batson.
The legendary sound system Stone Love that is in gear for its 47th anniversary in Jamaica will entertain the dance floor, along with reggae dance master G.T. Taylor, who will entertain the dance floor and host the event over the four-day period.
More than 50 acts covering various genres will perform on two stages over the holiday weekend.
On Friday, July 5, for the second time in history, the Chicago Music Awards (CMA) will be held in conjunction with the festival.
The CMA honours the best in all categories of music/entertainment in the Chicagoland and its 200 miles radius.
As 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the August 1619 arrival of blacks/Africans in the US, at Jamestown, Virginia, Martin's International, organisers of the festival, has dedicated the combined Festival of Life and CMA weekend in memory of the Africans who first made the journey to US shores.
Rapper, actor and activist, Common, will be the recipient of the Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Humanitarian Award, which last year went to Chance The Rapper. The award is named after DuSable, who is considered the city's founding father.
The International Festival of Life is a family festival of music food, arts crafts, and more.
It celebrates the lifestyles and cultures of peoples of The Americas (USA, Caribbean, Mexico, South and Central America) and Africa.
The CMA is the only one of its kind that honours Chicago entertainers in all music genres.