Thanks to K&R Communications for allowing Naturally Glam to provide media coverage for Africana Virginia Beach 2016.
Africana, a 3 day festival celebrating family, culture, and entertainment of the African Diaspora, took over the Virginia Beach oceanfront August 25-27. The festival incorporates world class live entertainment at the FunkFest Beach Party, cultural performances and exhibits, live soul, gospel and jazz entertainment, and ethnic food and retail vendors.
In collaboration with the City of Virginia Beach, Africana Virginia Beach is designed to attract African American families from New York City to Charlotte and to provide a family oriented, culturally rich, entertaining and fun festival celebrating the full range of the African American experience. New to the Africana weekend was this year’s art expo. Exhibiting artists from a wide range of art disciplines, the expo will be a great experience.
Friday evening featured local songstress Myra Smith on the 24th St stage, followed by headliners The Bar-Kays. Saturday afternoon featured performances by Nazu African Dance Company, Elements Band, and United Souls Reggae, then in the evening Strictly Bizzness gave an awesome Prince tribute, leaving Cameo to shut down the oceanfront.
Saturday afternoon also featured the Jazz on the Beach day party. Jazz To The Beat is the oceanfront party giving festival attendees the chance to lounge on the beach, dance and party to the elements of Jazz and HipHop. This year’s event was curated by DJ Twan G and Fresh Radio’s own, DJ Bee.
General admission to the Africana fest is free, and the event is open to the public. VIP packages were available as well at cost. This event is very family friendly, so you can bring the kids, or nah. Be sure to bring your own chairs, and you’ll be good to go. Looking forward to this event next year, and many years to come.
For more information about Africana Virginia Beach, visit www.africanavirginiabeach.com!