Fest Africa Festival 2015 took place this past weekend in Downtown, Silver Spring. The 13th annual two-day festival kicked off on Saturday August 8th. I went on Sunday and I had a blast!!! I always make sure to get there before the fashion show starts and before the headlining musical act. This year’s headlining act was Ghanaian Reggae and Dancehall recording artist Samini. He was amazing but more on that later.
The HIGHLIGHT of the day was meeting Melissa (pictured below) who is a reader and supporter of my blog.
I always enjoy reading the comments that Melissa leaves under some of my posts. She’s been subscribed to my blog by email for two years now! It was so nice to finally put a face to those post comments. It was wonderful meeting you Melissa. Thanks for saying hi and chatting with me. It truly made my day!!! 🙂 Meeting you was also confirmation that I should keep writing for my blog because there are real people out there that read my posts and find the information that I share useful. Melissa told me that she is planning a trip to Ghana next year (2016)!! I am glad my vlogs can give her a sneak peak of what to expect and an idea of things to do!!
Now time for my festival recap! I am going to give a recap in the form of the categories such as Vendors, Food, Entertainment, Fashion, and SAMINI!! I am also sharing the pictures and video that I took. Let’s begin!
There wasn’t as many vendors there as last year’s festival. I think that was a good thing because the few vendors that were present sold quality items. When there are too many vendors at a festival, the quality of the items being sold can be subpar and monotonous. Ms. Clara was there again selling waist beads which are always a big hit. Ms Clara doesn’t have a website for me to link. However, she is always at the Fenton Street market every Saturday selling her variety of beads from Ghana (not just waist beads). ODE was also there with their unique items from Ghana. As many times as I’ve been to Ghana, I’ve never seen some of the items that ODE sells. They sell some very uncommon items. There were beautiful handmade necklaces from Mali by Muso Masiri. There were other great vendors as well but these three above really caught my eye.
This Thai food pictured above looked WAY better than it tasted..lol However, the Sriracha sauce my BFF and I added on the side made it taste much better. Sriracha sauce makes everything taste better! We were searching for Suya but couldn’t find any. I think there was a Suya vendor the day before (Saturday). Perhaps on Sunday we would’ve been better off just getting Jamaican food instead of this Thai food.
The smoothie in the pineapple always hits the spot and the pineapple always makes a good photo prop…lol The line is always ridiculously long for this thing but I’ll wait just so I can pose with my pineapple! #InstagramFlexing #Anditmatchesmydress
I enjoyed the Harmony Band. They gave me Fela Kuti vibes and the traditional drummers to the right enhanced that “back home” sound they had. The lead singer could really move. He was getting down with the get down and it was so fun to watch. See below!
UMBC’s (University of Maryland Baltimore County) African Student Association dance team gave us some Shoki dance action. Watch their choreography below.
The Fashion Show
The fashion show was hosted and produced by Director of Fashion Skye Charlie pictured above. She does a wonderful job every year. I always look forward to seeing what she puts together. I also enjoy her blog. Her two piece (crop top & skirt) and beads are by Anna Teiko.
Their designs were my favorite showcased at the fashion show. They were sexy, fun and feminine. Pictured below are the two designers of the line along with Miss Rwanda and Miss Africa USA finalist Grace Gasoro modeling one of their pieces.
Below is a video snippet of some of their lovely pieces. I loved how some of the models broke out in dance while modeling. Too cute!
Her pieces were vibrant and just perfect for the summer. Lots of bright colors. That’s the designer Jess pictured below.
Designer Nnene Janice Essien (NJE) pictured below. I loved her skirts and the crop top & skirt set. So cute!
Watch a video snippet of the models modeling those pieces.
Angelina Cloth or Dashikis (whatever you prefer to call them) were in FULL effect! My best friend wore her red one (pictured below) that I got her from Ghana! I am giving away the same dashiki but in purple. Click here to see it and to learn how to win it! A winner will be announced on Monday 8/17/2015 so you still have time to enter the giveaway!!!
He was awesome. I couldn’t record as much because I still had my pineapple drink in my left hand (hence why I couldn’t record with my big camera & opted for my iPhone instead) and I was too busy dancing…lol He had me jamming and singing along. He was so entertaining and he’s also a really good singer. He was full of energy. I recorded snippets of him singing my favorite songs of his which are Time Bomb and Linda .
My best friend also really enjoyed Fest Africa. She said:
“Fest Africa was all the way live this year!”
Before summer ends, I am trying to wear all the cute dresses and skirts I got made in Ghana. I love this dress!! I am in love with the fit, style and the colors. I have this same cloth in a different color. I made a skirt out of it for my birthday pictured here.