by Charles Mombo
Headlining the 24th African Festival of the Arts event is the one and only Brandy Norwood also known as Brandy. She played in the series “Moesha” and currently plays the role of a vivacious young woman, Chardoney, a new character, who interacts with Coby Bell's Jason in BET's hit scripted series "The Game".
Brandy was recently among the big names that kicked off the recent Essence Music Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the Essence, the 34-year-old R&B Diva appeared in excellent shape while flawlessly executing and giving Essence’s fans nothing short of a great and outstanding performance. She opened with her 2002 single, “What About Us?,” then danced her way into songs like, “Sitting Up in My Room,” “Best Friend,” “The Boy is Mine,” and “I Wanna Be Down.” One of the outstanding highlights of Brandy’s performance was her tribute to another great diva – the late Whitney Houston. She sang Houston’s songs “I’m Your Baby” and “How Will I Know.”
Brandy also sang songs from her latest cd – “Two Eleven,” her sixth studio. Released on October 12, 2012, Two Eleven serves as the singer's debut release with Chameleon Entertainment and RCA Records. The album's title is taken from Norwood's birthday; it is also the day on which her idol and friend, entertainer Whitney Houston died.
With her high-energy choreography, Brandy thrilled the crowd by singing 20 of her greatest hits during her 45-minutes set. She slowed down the pace only for her ballads "Have You Ever" and "Almost Doesn't Count," the latter of which she let simmer as the fans sung along.
With Brandy headlining the 2013 African Festival of the Arts‘ events and the way she lit up the essence crowd, some Chicagoans are already anticipating that the August 30 – September 2 African Festival of the Arts will be the best ever with fine weather, reasonable price and projected sell-out crowd.
African Festival of the Arts festival takes place from August 30 – September 2 at Washington Park, located at 51st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue in Chicago. The event held annually, four-day Labor Day Weekend event, is the largest festival of its kind and boasts over 200,000 plus attendees.
AFA is the flagship program for the Africa International House USA, Inc. (AIH). The festival features vendors directly from four continents (African, Europe, North America and South America), live performances by local, national and international artists including African and world renowned musicians on three stages.
If you are looking for top-notch, inexpensive family fun, entertainment, great food, a beautiful outdoor experience and some of the best music in the world. Then, look no further; come to the African Festival of the Arts.
Bridging the Cultural Gap
AFA which is widely credited for helping to bridge the cultural gap between Africans and the peoples of the African Diaspora was praised by former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley for being instrumental in connecting communities, serving as a bridge builder and bringing people of different racial backgrounds together in a peaceful, relaxing and entertaining atmosphere.
Advance tickets are $10 a day; $30 for an adult weekend pass. Daily admission for a family of two adults and up to four children is also $30, and senior citizens and children under 13 pay just $5.
Daily admission is $20 at the gate and $300 for access to the VIP Main Stage seating. Visit africanfestivalchicago.com to buy advanced tickets and for updated performance schedules.
Stay tuned as this year’s festival is expected to shortly announce its EXTENSIVE lineup of outstanding performers. Please “LIKE,” the African Festival of the Arts on Facebook and “Follow,” on Twitter for updated information.
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