Ministers Arrive, NeroX is in Chitown, members of the Bɛsabi Band, led by Mr. Kofi Cromwell are ready to storm Ghanafest !
The much awaited Ghanafest 2017 is today, July 29, at the Washington Park, 5600 S Russell Drive, Chicago Illinois. The Weather forecast for today is 75 degrees Fahrenheit high and 66 degrees Fahrenheit low and 0% to 1% chance of rain!
Dignitaries and high-class performers have arrived in Chicago for the great fiesta. Chicago, the windy city in the Midwest will be buzzing and sizzling hot with the most spectacular and largest African cultural festival in the diaspora.First to arrive on Thursday was the newest high-life sensational musician, Joseph Nkrumah Buaben , popularly known as NeroX. Nero X is the leading name in Ghana now when high-life and inspirational songs are mentioned. Immidiately upon arriving, NeroX went to a secret location and practiced with the Bɛsabi Band, led by Mr. Kofi Cromwell. Members of the Bɛsabi Band are dynastic group of Ghanaian musicians with over 25 years of experience and specialize in a variety of music which includes, Highlife, Hiplife, Jazz, Funk, Fusion African, Latin, R&B Cool jazz, Afro-beats Palmwine Music, Reggae, Caribbean and Gospel. The music that you will hear at the park will bring you a sense of joy, peace and harmony. They will also be playing a tribute to the Late Highlife Legend Papa Yankson.
So far, His Excellency, Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Dr. Barffour Adjei-Bawuah is in town. He met briefly with the organizers of the festival, the Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago, GNC. The Governor of the State of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, Minister for Tourism, Catherine Afeku, Deputy Minister of Chieftaincy and Cultural affairs Paul Essien are in high spirits and looking forward to a cultural extravaganza in Chicago.
The main sponsors of the festival, Group Ndoum have dispatched its executive officers all the way from Ghana to represent it.
The African Spectrum Newspaper headed by “The Journalist” Berko Akoto, Sankofaonline.com, and other Ghanaian media in the Chicago area has confirmed their attendance.Nana Yaw Marfo will emcee the event.
The chairman of the organizing committee, Nana Kwami Frimpong and the President of the GNC, Paa Kwasi Sam, have assured patrons of the festival that this year’s Ghanafest will be one of a kind that is better seen than told! The festival grounds itself have started taking shape. For the first time, there is a professional stage for the Musicians. There are also changes in the layout for better ambience and free flow of traffic.
Ghanafest substantially represents the African Diaspora. Vendors from Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Senegal, Tanzania,West Indies and merchants from Chicago’s African American communities made for a blend of cultural history, admiration and entertainment.Festival goers are treated to seemingly endless caches of African fabrics like Kent Cloth custom-made into Dashikis, sashes, hats, head-wraps, shawls and coats for men and women. Vendor tables display assortments of African jewelry such as ankhs, butter and Baltic amber-colored necklaces, wrist bands. Ghanaian dishes in such combinations as kenkey, fried fish, shito, Red-red (combination of fried plantain, cooked-beans and palm oil, Jollof-rice, okro-soup, waatse, omotuo (rice-gun) would be a lasting mouth-watering experience. On display on most Vendors tables will be African Art, Crafts and Paintings.
Meet you there!