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King Shango Is Performing At IFOL (@capletonmusic)

The African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (IFOL) is all set for July 1st to 4th at Washington Park – East 55th Street & South Cottage Grove Avenue – in Chicago, Illinois.

The reggae fireman Capleton, legendary R&B/funk band Heatwave, Haitian top dance party star Roody Roodboy, and several other reggae, afrobeat, and world music acts are on the lineup for this year. Vendor booths & early tickets are now on sale via IFOL website.

Turbulence To Headline Kenya’s One Love Culture Fest (@Turbulence876)

International recording artist Turbulence, who has been performing all over the world since the end of the covid-19 restrictions, is now on route to Kenya for their 2023 One Love Culture Festival.

The event, which was created to bring peace and social awareness to the community, will take place at the Mamboleo Show Ground on Mamboleo Road in Kisumu, Nyanza Province. Turbulence will be supported by several local acts, namely: Black Omolo, Apesi, Shamir, Nile Dawta, Binti Afrika, and Lavosti; with MC Jatugo at the helm.

Kevin Downswell Will Perform In Winter Garden Later This Month

The Ark of Jesus Christ Deliverance Ministries is having a major gospel concert on Saturday, June 24th; and they’ve asked international recording artist Kevin Downswell to be the headlining act.

Downswell will be supported by TJ Bristol, Greg Delanie, Tracy Archibald, Patrina Mckenzie, Marlon Christy and Tabrika ‘Tabby’ Francis. The address is 850 S. Park Avenue, in Winter Garden, Florida, and there is a $50 entrance fee.

Limoblaze & Annatoria Are Putting It On God! (@Limoblaze)

Limoblaze‘s Put It On God, done with Annatoria, is arguably one of the biggest afrobeat-gospel records out right now. The track was first shared in early April by Reach Records, the imprint to which Limoblaze is now signed.

Put It On God‘s official video was released at the end of May, on the 31st to be exact. If you have not yet seen it, click here or on the image above to check it out, and remember to like, comment and share.

Catch Shaggy On The Main Stage At Halifax Jazz Fest 2023 (@DiRealShaggy)

Mr. BoombasticShaggy – will be performing at the 2023 Halifax Jazz Festival, happening from July 11th through to the 16th. The Jamaican dancehall deejay will share the main stage with hip-hop greats Maestro Fresh Wes and Digable Planets, as well as Jah’Mila, Badbadnotgood and several others.

Performances will take place at the Salter Lot, at 1521 Lower Water Street. For additional information and links to tickets, visit the event’s official website.

Eben Releases Song/Video With Mercy Chinwo

In late December (2022), Emmanuel Benjamin – known professionally as Eben – shared the breakout single, Oil On My Head via Hammer House Records. Since it was first published the track has been getting steady rotation on gospel platforms in and around Nigeria.

That said, in an attempt to expand its audience beyond African shores, he wisely invited the lady with the magical voice, Mercy Chinwo, to join him on the remix. Click here or on the image above to see the outcome.

West Friendship Gearing Up For The Annual Jamaica Day Reggae Fest

The family friendly, problem free, West Friendship Jamaica Day Reggae Festival returns on Saturday, June 24th at the Howard County Fairgrounds (2210 Fairgrounds Road) from 1pm to 9pm.

It will feature a variety of Jamaican wines, rums, food, and of course music. This year’s headliners are Glen Washington, Abijah and Johnny Osbourne, with backing band Platinum One. There will be an entrance fee of $35 USD.