,Like the rest of the subway, the A train might be running late, but you’ll still want to find a quick way to Harlem for the Go Africa Harlem 2017 Street Festival.
The third edition of the one-day street festival takes place July 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on 116th Street between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass Boulevards in Manhattan. There will be live music, dance, food, beverages, clothing and apparel, all from or celebrating the African continent and diaspora. Medical screening, financial, and city agency services will also be on hand. The festival is free to attend, but you can receive news, updates, and be entered to win prizes if you RSVP here.
Harlem has a place of unique importance in African American culture (to understate something dramatically), and the festival’s goal is to acknowledge and celebrate the cultural connections between the uptown neighborhood, Africa and the Caribbean. This list of artists, spanning from reggae to soul to hip-hop, seems to reflect that:
- Sekouba Bolomba
- Gle Tchefary
- Afrikan Kartel
- chigbo (Linda Obasi)
- Ashé Jam Band
- Noli Spy Ypsilon
- DJ Birane
- DJ Henri
There will also be Afrocentric fashion designers and chefs, if your wardrobe needs an update or if you are taken by a longing for properly prepared Jamaican jerk goat.
Go Africa Harlem 2017 is presented by the Go Africa Network Inc. in conjunction with Go Africa Health, LLC, Go Caribbean Inc., Go Africa News, LLC and the African Union Expo, LLC.