Fest Africa 2015 Recap

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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.

Thai food

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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

Vendors

There wasn’t as many vendors there as last year’s festival.ย  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.ย 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 necklacesย  from Mali by Muso Masiri. There were other great vendors as well but these three above really caught my eye.

Food

Thai Food

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.

image(6)ย  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

The Entertainment

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!

Bumaye Dance Team

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

Skye Charlie

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.

fest africa 2015 fashion show

MontRosee Fashion

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.

MonRosee fashion

Below is a video snippet of some of their lovely pieces. Iย  loved how some of the models broke out in dance while modeling. Too cute!

Ankara Streets By Jess

Her pieces were vibrant and just perfect for the summer. Lots of bright colors. That’s the designer Jess pictured below.

Ankara Streets By JessWatch the video snippet of her collection below.

Oba Designs by NJE

Designer Nnene Janice Essien (NJE) pictured below. I loved her skirts and the crop top & skirt set. So cute!

OBA Designs by NJE

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!!!

SAMINI

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 andย Linda .

My best friend also really enjoyed Fest Africa. She said:

“Fest Africa was all the way live this year!”

bopsie twinsThe Bopsie Twinz give Fest Africa 2015 two thumbs up!

Fest Africa

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.

Thanks for reading. Ghana Vlog #6 will be posted on Monday and the Dashiki giveaway winner will also be announced on Monday 8/17/2015. Have a wonderful & blessed weekend!

~Amma Mama

8 Comments
  • Chinye
    August 14, 2015

    LOVING your dress!

  • Aaya
    August 14, 2015

    Great recap bopz! Fest Africa 2015 was so much fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    • ammamama
      August 15, 2015

      Thanks Bopz! Yes! we had a great time!!! <3 #BopsiesOverEverything

  • Skye Charlie
    August 17, 2015

    Thanks hun for such a wonderful capture. Too bad I couldn’t see you in person. You look lovely and we appreciate your support with our festival. Thank you and we can’t wait until next year!

    – Skye Charlie

    • ammamama
      August 18, 2015

      You’re welcome Skye! You did an excellent job! I am definitely looking forward to next year’s show! Keep up the great work and thanks for the kind words ๐Ÿ™‚

  • TolumiDE
    August 17, 2015

    Lovely Post on FestAfrica 2015! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • ammamama
      August 18, 2015

      My pleasure and thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

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