by Charles Mombo @charlessmombo, @burnedbrass
Musically speaking, the African Festival of the Arts (AFA) appeared determine to leave ‘no stone unturned’ when it comes to pleasing festival goers. This year, the AFA has an incredibly diverse list of musical acts that should attract just about any music lover. Genres range from African to Blues to Gospel to R&B. So, no matter your earclimax, you’ll likely find an act that suits you playing at one of the events many stages.
The 24th African Festival of the Arts is very proud to welcome Chicago’s adopted son, Otis Clay.
Clay is one of the premier deep soul and gospel singers working today. His raw, fiery vocals drive an energetic and danceable blend of Soul, R&B and Blues in the tradition of such deep soul singers as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke.
According to Otis Clay’s website:
A longtime resident of Chicago's West Side, Otis Clay is actively involved as a board member of People For New Direction, a community-based non-profit creating economic initiative to address a number of issues on the West Side. People For New Direction consists of West Side businessmen and women, doctors, ministers and others who believe strongly in giving something back to the community where they live and work.
As Chairman of The Board of the non-profit Tobacco Road, Inc. (TRI, Inc.), Otis was heavily involved in the extensive planning, fundraising and development of The Harold Washington Cultural Center at 47th and King Drive which has served as the cornerstone for the revitalization and redevelopment of the historic Bronzeville neighborhood. The Cultural Center, which includes the state-of-the-art 1,000 seat Com-Ed Performing Arts Theatre, is built on the former site of The Regal Theatre, the legendary venue for national and Chicago-based r&b/soul, blues, jazz and comedy stars.
Otis Clay is expected to perform on the Dee Parmer Woodtor’s (Main) stage on Sunday, September 1, at 8:35pm.
African Festival of the Arts is social!
African Festival of the Arts – Updates, giveaways and live coverage will be posted on their social networks, Facebook and Twitter. Follow their official hashtag #AFA2013 for updates and live tweeted-coverage.
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.
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