JEFFREY OSBORNE HEADLINES AFRICAN ARTS FESTIVAL SUNDAY

 

Jeffery Osborne fresh on the scene  back in the day

   Jeffery Osborne fresh on the scene back in the day         

 

by Kai EL’   Zabar

Chicago Defender 

Osborne who  hails from Providence returns to his home town annually for ‘Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity’ weekend to help raise money for multiple charities. This year was no different, so earlier this summer with  help from a few friends  like former NBA star Magic Johnson who co-hosted the event he successfully met his goal. He was also joined by Actor Chris Tucker, as well as Cedric Antonio Kyles, who is more commonly known as Cedric the Entertainer just to name a few. They were in town to help Osborne with his foundation, which supports local charities.

 

Today the seasoned Jeffery Osborne has only gotten better

Today the seasoned Jeffery Osborne has only gotten better

 

Besides being a great vocal artist Jeffrey Osborne is a great humanitarian.  He lends his name, star power and friendships to help raise money  – give back to the community (and) give back to young people,” said Johnson. “All he wants to do and all he talks about doing is coming back to this community that he grew up in.”

 

Over the last three years, Osborne has donated more than $600,000 to local charities. He makes a major difference  in the lives of many.

Within that context Jeffrey Osborne enjoys participating in events like the annual African Festival of the Arts  which gives back to its community by exposing and introducing  it to its heritage roots. He’s  excited about meeting up with Chicago’s unique festival where Chicagoans meet Africa through arts and culture.  No passport needed. 

The four day  African Festival Arts draws crowds of 200,000 annually

The four day African Festival Arts draws crowds of 200,000 annually. xxxxx 2014

The 26 Annual African Arts  Festival has come into it’s own dominated the attendance record for a festival of its kind in the country. It now boasts more visitors than both. The four day festival held over the Labor Day attracts over 200,000 people who come to Washington Park on the south side of Chicago to engage artists and other preservers of culture from all over the African Diaspora, including local, national and international performing artists, fine artists, fashion designers, galleries and art dealers, food sellers and many other cultural programs under specialized pavilions.

A jewelry vendor assist a customer at African Festival of the Arts.

A jewelry vendor assist a customer at African Festival of the Arts.

This year the African Festival of the Arts opens Friday September 4, with a Chicago tradition of Steppin’ with DJs Sam Chatman and K’Jon. Saturday offers The Children’s Pavillion, which kicks off with the Drummers Circle and concludes daily at 4:30, The African Beats showcasing Muntu Dance Theater, Nola Ade –Neo Soul and DJ sounds are just a few of the highlights. Sunday brings Chicago’s Best featuring vocalists Terisa Griffin, Tammy McCann; HipHop Tap Dance Troupe Madd Rhythms just to name a few. Monday’s Soul Fest closes out the weekend with sophisticated sultry songtress Joan Colasso and smooth sexy soulful Jeffery Osborne.

Friday evening starts at 5:30 pm and close out at 9:45 pm

Saturday starts at 4pm and closes at 7:45 pm

Sunday and Mondays performance’s begin at 5:15 pm and end at 9:45 pm at the Dee Parmer Woodtor main Stage.

Come ready to be thrilled.

For tickets, program and more information go to   http://www.aihusa.org/african-festival/

 

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