Celebrate Africa! Festival
After two years of presenting virtually, Celebrate Africa returned to Bladensburg Waterfront Park on September 25. Marking the fifth anniversary of this award-winning festival, the Celebrate Africa! continues to honor the artistic and cultural contributions of the African immigrant community to Prince George’s County and beyond.
2022 Performers & Events
- Comedienne, actor, storyteller, and vocalist Anna Mwhalago will leave you in stitches and in tears as she performs excerpts from several of her most recent shows. This native Kenyan draws upon her experience as an African immigrant to the United States, and shares her journey of coming to terms with her colonial, African, and immigrant identities, and finding peace and wholeness along the way.
- Nigerian-Canadian Singer/Songwriter TolumiDE (pronounced toe-lu-mee-day), will charm and delight audiences with her unique fusion of contemporary R&B with African pop, the result being a sound called “Suya Soul.”
- Inspired by the bold and infectious afrobeat sound of Nigeria’s Fela Kuti, Chopteeth's sounds will connect the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music on the planet.
- Red Carpet Africa - the title and theme of this year’s fashion show - will feature designs from award-winning Ghanian-born designer Afua Sam and will showcase the clothing trends, tastes, and styles of African film stars from Nigeria, Ghana, Botswana, and other African film industry hubs.
Other festival highlights included Storytelling on the River, drumming and dancing with the Performing Arts Center for African Cultures, a dance fitness event with instructors teaching the latest video dance moves from across the continent, meditation to the sounds of the Kora with master musician and jeli/griot Amadou Kouyate, music of the royal courts of 13th century Manding West Africa with The Uasuf Gueye Trio and a crafting demo and instruction.
Celebrate Africa is FREE and open to the public.
Bladensburg Waterfront Park is located at 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD 20710