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(Published: August 21, 2014)

The Labor Day festival celebrates the African Diaspora with speakers, music, and food and promotes violence prevention through the Art & Culture.

(NEW ORLEANS, LA - August 18, 2014): Bamboula 2000, the award-winning African dance and World music band, who is celebrating their 20th anniversary with the release of their latest CD "The Wild Bamboulas, announced today that they will be performing at the 25th Annual African Festival of the Arts Chicago, on Saturday, August 30th as the headlining closer of the World Music Stage, at Washington Park, 51st & Cottage Grove in Chicago, IL.

The 25th Annual African Festival of the Arts Chicago opens daily from Friday, August 29th - Monday, September 1st from 10am - 10pm. Other featured performers include Grammy-Award winning artist Musiq Soulchild; songwriter, producer and Jazz musician Cassandra Wilson Johnson; Salif Keita, Malian music ambassador and afro-pop phenom; Chicago's own iconic Dee Alexander; and the legendary Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards. The tax-deductible admission is $10 in advance; $20 at the gate; or $30 for a 4-day weekend pass; $5 for seniors and children under 13. Family and group discounts are also available. Advance tickets are available http://africanfestivalchicago.com/AFATickets.html For more information visit www.Africanfestivalchicago.com

Boasting more than 300,000 attendees, the African Festival of the Arts Chicago it is the largest neighborhood festival in Chicago. This year's theme, Cultural Connection, is an opportunity to celebrate, promulgate and educate the general public about the shared rich cultures of people of African ancestry.

Luther Gray, Founder of Bamboula 2000 states, "We are thrilled and honored to perform at the African Festival of the Arts Chicago." Adding, "We are eager to share New Orleans culture and we are really excited to retrace the steps of such great New Orleans musicians like Louis Armstrong and King Oliver, we are even traveling to Chicago via Amtrak's historic rail line The City of New Orleans."

In support of its new CD "Wild Bamboula's", Bamboula 2000 just released a video of its first single "Bamboula Crazy". The video was made from performances in Congo Square and at the Historic Carver Theater. Gray adds, "We released ‘Bamboula Crazy" on youtube http://youtu.be/sXHHyfCMj14, in honor of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, it's about the love and support family, friends and humanity have for each other when they need it the most." "Wild Bamboula's" is available for sale on iTunes, www.CDBaby.com, LA Music Factory, Ashe Cultural Center, Peaches Records and The Community Book Center in New Orleans.

Today, Bamboula 2000 continues to perpetuate the African legacy of New Orleans in the revitalized Congo Square, a historic gathering spot for Africans in antebellum New Orleans. Bamboula 2000 hosts Sunday drumming sessions in Congo Square, which are free and open to the public. Additionally, Bamboula 2000 reaches thousands of children annually through their Imagination Tour dance and drum workshops. Bamboula 2000 successfully lobbied the city, state and federal government to declare Congo Square a National Historic site.

Bamboula 2000 consists of:
Luther Gray - Producer, songwriter, percussions, kalimba & vocals
Cameron Woods - Producer, songwriter, engineer & drums
Cheryl Woods - Producer, songwriter, Lead Singer, & Bass
Drena Clay - Soulful Lead vocalist, songwriter
Eric Hornsby -Versatile keyboardist & songwriter
Jeremy Thomas - Trumpet, Producer, Composer
Clark Richardson - Dun-Dun drums and percussion
Bamboula Queens:
Jamilah Peters-Muhammad - Choreographer, teacher & Dancer
Kai Knight - Choreographer, teacher & Dancer
The Bamboula Warrior:
Torrence Taylor - Dancer, teacher

The African Festival of the Arts Chicago is presented by Africa International House USA, Inc. and supported by Chicago Park District, Blue Cross Blue Shield, University of Chicago Medical, WBEZ, WVON, NBC 5, BMOA, Com Ed, Illinois Lottery, American Family Insurance, Illinois Arts Council, ICE Theaters, Cupcake Vineyards, and Urban Partnership Bank.

For more information contact: Luther Gray @504.495/0463 or by email: babaluther@gmail.com www.bamboula2000.com Bamboula2000/Facebook @Bamboula 2000 - Twitter. Media Contact: Laura Tennyson, 504 319-9943 or via email: lauratennyson_2@msn.com

About Africa International House USA, Inc.©: The mission of Africa International House USA, Inc. is to serve as a center that exposes and educates all peoples to the individual works and collective contributions of African cultures. Our mission is addressed through our flagship program, The African Festival of the Arts Chicago and our unique brand of cultural programming and activities. Africa International House is an umbrella for linkages and exchanges of people from Africa and the African Diaspora. For more information: www.africanfestivalchicago.com

More Information: https://www.africanfestivalchicago.com

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