(Photo Credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

This year was the 28th Annual African Festival of the Arts in Chicago and it did not disappoint. Countries from the Diaspora gathered to celebrate all things African. This year’s festival featured local acts and industry heavy hitters. Wyclef Jean and the legendary group Heatwave closed out the last two days. Rain fell on the second day of the festival but it did not dampen spirits.

We spoke with festival goer Marshan Parks and asked her what she loves about the African Fest. “The African Festival experience was very exhilarating. I enjoyed the vendors. The performances were great! I enjoyed the festival so much that I attended two days in a row. My children enjoyed the festival as well, seeing the different African print garments and jewelry. I definitely will make attending this festival a family tradition,” she said

The African Festival is a signal that summer is coming to an end. Let’s hope it doesn’t leave too fast. Check out a few pics from the festival.

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Toni Mono - (Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre)

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Precise, Carmenita and LyghtSkin - (Photo Credit: Joelle Lamarre)

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Mbombock Songo Lambe - (Photo Credit: Joelle Lamarre)

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Eddy "Precise" Lamarre and Joelle Lamarre - (Photo courtesy of Joelle Lamarre)

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Joelle Lamarre and Kinetic - (Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre)

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Toine - (Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre)

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Dj Joe Kollege - (Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre)

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Crystal Lejune - (Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre)

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Wayne Wonder and Sheila O - (Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre)

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Tj Crawford and Mom - (Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre)

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (left) - (Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre)

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Wayne Wonder - (Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre)

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Felicia Apprey-Agyare - (Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre)

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Olumide and Lawanaca - (Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre)

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Wyclef and Sheila O - (Photo Credit: Kymon)

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Wyclef Jean - (Photo Credit: Kymon)

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Ephraim Martin founder of The African Festival of the Arts and Wyclef - (Photo Credit: Kymon)

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Wyclef and Sheila O - (Photo Credit: Kymon)

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Eddy "Precise" Lamarre

Eddy Lamarre aka Precise is a father, emcee, motivational speaker, blogger and performing artist. Follow his blog at precisemuzic.com