WASHINGTON PARK — The African Festival of the Arts has added Taylor Bennett, Wizkid and Heatwave to the line-up for the Labor Day weekend festival headlined by Wyclef Jean.
The festival in Washington Park kicks off Sept. 1 with Wizkid and Bennett leading to performance by Jean on Sept. 3 to close the fest.
Bennett is Chance the Rapper’s younger brother and will take the main stage the same night as Wizkid, Nigerian songwriter Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun. Also performing is Heatwave, the disco dance group behind the hits “Boogie Nights” and “Super Soul Sister.”
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This year’s honorary “Grand Baba” of the festival is the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, and the “Grand YeYe” is retired assistant principal Linda Murray. Both will be honored at an Aug. 18 gala at the DuSable Museum of African American Art with a performance by Regina Belle.
The theme of this year’s festival is “respect.”
Tickets are $15 a day ahead of time and go up to $20 a day once the festival starts. Weekend passes are available for $40.
Tickets are now on sale on the festival website.