• RiddimStyle Staff Writer

The Caribbean International Festival of Life returns to Chicago


The 28th African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (IFOL), scheduled for Lake Meadows Park, September 11th and 12th, is returning to its original home and larger venue, Washington Park, in conjunction with the 5th Annual Jerk, Seafood and Vegan Festival (JSVFest).

The two-day family festival of music, food, arts, crafts, games and more, will feature a galaxy of world music acts on two stages, that include: Reggae Superstar, Mr. Vegas; the legendary R&B/Oldies Delfonics; Haiti's hottest songstress Phyllisia Ross; DJ Terry Hunter-International House Music megastar, IRAWMA's Best Dancehall DJ Dynamq Intl Sound; Blues master and Chicago Music Awards (CMA) multiple Blues winner- Billy Branch; CMA multiple Awards winners, Chicago Mass Choir, and Indika Reggae Band.

R&B winning Slique Jay Adams, Mr. C- Casper Cha Slide, Doc Payne and the Payne Relief Blues Band, Haitian Keryol Roots, Belize Intl star, Danki Baby and Remnance Band; Haitian Hip Hop Star Lizzie G; Baby J; Atta Ghana Boy; DJ Malik Shabazz; DJ Papa G, Doc Payne & the Payne Relief Smooth Blues Band, DJ Montana, DJ Tynman, and others will perform. Click here for more www.jsvfest.com.

Team Jamaica and several Chicago Caribbean Carnival groups with their costumes will dance, shout, and march around the park, showcasing various Caribbean Islands cultures. In celebration of Chicago's founding father's recent victory, that renamed LSD as Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Lake Shore Drive. Thanks to the Black Heroes Matter Coalition powered by Martin's International, Alderpersons David Moore, Sophia King and other members of the Chicago City Council who campaigned and voted to make DuSable Lake Shore Drive a reality.



The festival will ensure a safe and secure environment with Covid-19 rules and regulations. It will continue bringing cultures together by teaching and sharing experiences through music, food, arts, crafts, and games the entire weekend.

While most festivals have been cancelled, this festival has now catered to meet Chicago's guidelines to ensure safety while enjoying the year's biggest ethnic inclusion event. This years' festivities are dedicated to health and wellness and the celebration of the renaming of Lake Shore Drive after Chicago founding father, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable.

Surrounded by The Carnival of Nations, with flags from the various Caribbean countries, and the rest of the African Diaspora will be the best of Reggae, Afrobeat, Hip Hop, R & B, Blues, Jazz, EDM, House Music, Latinx, Gospel and other world music.

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