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Contact: Candice Frederick
Festival celebrates African American culture and will feature music and dance performances, activities for children, vendors, health screenings and more.
(TRENTON, NJ)—The 2014 Trenton African American Cultural Festival (TAACF) presented by Children’s Futures, Inc. will boast a full schedule of cultural entertainment; including music by neo soul duo Kindred the Family Soul. The festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Cadwalader Park.
Kindred the Family Soul, the neo soul duo consisting of married couple Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon will perform their hit songs to include “Stars” and “Far Away”. The duo has been nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album, Group Band or Duo for Surrender to Love in 2004 and a BET Award for the BET J Cool Like That Award in 2006. The duo will also perform new music from their newly released album A COUPLE FRIENDS,
The festival will also feature a full line up of entertainment to include Trenton’s own The Amazin Grace & GLB. The Amazin Grace & GLB is a solid, precise sounding group playing their mix of soul, R&B, pop, jazz, rock, and funk favorites. Along with the main festival stage, this year’s event will have two additional stages of entertainment. Local talent will be showcased on the Thomas Edison Stage College sponsored “Artist Row” stage along with a Caribbean Stage. All stages will feature performances covering the musical categories of gospel, R&B, Caribbean, African, and more.
“TAACF is an opportunity for us to highlight the diverse talent of the African and African American Diasporas both locally and nationally,” says Candice Frederick, Marketing Chairperson. “We see generations of families come out together to enjoy the day’s festivities. There is something for everybody to enjoy both musically and culturally, along with the number of activities that are offered,” says Frederick. “We have a rich culture and this is a day to celebrate it.”
The festival will also feature performances by Egun Omode (Children of the Ancestors), Trenton’s own West African dance/drum troupe. The Yoruba Folklore Performing Arts Company will kick things off with a traditional African dance presentation. There will also be African drumming; Capoeira demonstrations, Brooklyn Jumbies stilt walkers, and more. The festival will have a Children’s Village that will feature story telling, African drum lessons, arts and crafts, inflatable jumps, face painting. There will be a variety of vendors spread throughout the park selling their wares and food of all varieties.
The popular Healthy Living Pavilion will return to raise awareness of the health issues affecting the African American community. There will be free health screenings, health care & holistic wellness speakers, natural product vendors, as well as fitness & wellness activities. Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie will be open and offer a full program of events such as, “Record Your Living History,” book discussions, talks, and art presentations. For full schedule and information visit www.taacf.com
The Trenton African American Cultural Festival is an annual celebration of the history, culture, heritage, and arts that represent the rich traditions and zestful spirit of the African and African American Diaspora. Following the legacy of the African American culture’s Juneteenth celebration, the goal of the festival is to inspire an appreciation for the diversity, influence and contributions of the African and African-American Diaspora. For more information about the festival, visit www.taacf.com.
Children’s Futures is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve health and development outcomes for children and their families. To achieve our mission, we formally collaborate with schools, social service providers, health care agencies, faith institutions, civic associations, employers and others around school-readiness and success strategies that have the greatest positive impact on children’s immediate health needs, as well as long-term development.