Newark to Host Afro Beat Fest, a Celebration of African Culture

by Peter Candia
Afro Beat Fest

Afro Beat Fest will finally make its much-anticipated return after a four-year hiatus. The free event is to be held on July 15 at Military Park in Newark and aims to close the gap between the Garden State and Africa with the largest celebration of African culture ever seen in New Jersey. The day will be filled with Afrobeat artists, traditional African fare, a market spearheaded by the city’s black-owned businesses and much more, all centered around the idea of celebrating Africa and its many cultural specialties. 

“Afro Beat Fest has become a beloved and iconic event in our city and state, embodying the vibrant culture and showcasing the immense talent within our community,” said Linda Baraka—the first lady of Newark. “Beyond the celebration of the rich heritage, this festival fosters unity and nurtures a deep appreciation for the arts. I invite residents and visitors alike to join us in Military Park for a family-friendly day filled with music, captivating art and engaging activities.”

Event-goers expect to be met with an impressive lineup of industry pros who will take the stage at Afro Beat Fest throughout the day. The event will feature acclaimed Ghanaian artist King Promise, renowned for his soulful melodies and rhythms. Joining him is Nigerian artist Bad Boy Timz, who has skyrocketed to fame in recent years. Additionally, DJ Juls, a Ghanaian producer, will keep the crowd energized with his infectious Afrobeat mixes throughout the day. Local performers such as Zawadi African Dance and the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble will also grace the event with performances. 

African Culture Newark

Photo via Afro Beat Fest

“We are proud to sponsor Afro Beat Fest, an incredible event that brings the spirit of African culture to the heart of our city. Newark Happening is committed to supporting events that promote cultural understanding and unity, and Afro Beat Fest exemplifies these values,” said President & CEO of Newark Happening, Ricardo Salazar. 

In addition to musical performances, Afro Beat will showcase live art displays by YENDOR Arts, showing off Newark’s own artists. Among the featured artists is Ghanaian visual artist Mohammed Awudu, who, through his art, captures the authentic spirit of African culture. His work has been showered with accolades and global recognition.

Afro Beats Fest is family-friendly too. Parents will be pleased to find the dedicated Children’s Village, where they can partake in plenty of activities and games. Festival attendees can show their support for Black-owned businesses like Ane Clothier and Kwabs Couture at pop-up shops throughout the event. For food, a diverse range of vendors will be present such as Newark’s own Salaam Ice Cream Parlor, as well as plenty of other mouthwatering options that embody the many rich flavors of Africa.

Afro Beats Fest is a must-attend for those interested in celebrating African culture. The important event accents African culture in numerous ways, bridging the gap between Africa and New Jersey. For more information on the July 15 event, visit here

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Peter Candia is the Food + Drink Editor at New Jersey Digest. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Peter found a passion for writing midway through school and never looked back. He is a former line cook, server and bartender at top-rated restaurants in the tri-state area. In addition to food, Peter enjoys politics, music, sports and anything New Jersey.

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