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Syleena Johnson headlines 5th Annual Bantu Fest in Chicago

Grammy-nominated soul singer Syleena Johnson makes a grand return to Chicago with a LIVE performance at Bantu Fest 2019

Bantu Incorporated announced that Syleena Johnson will be the headline act for the 5th Annual ‘Bantu Fest’ July 27 and July 28, 2019; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Midway Plaisance. Bantu Fest is one of the most anticipated multi-cultural family events of the summer.

Chicago native and Grammy-nominated soul singer, songwriter, actress and TV personality SYLEENA JOHNSON makes a big return to her hometown Chicago along with her new hit single and music video, “Woman,” and a live performance as the main headliner at Bantu Fest 2019. She is well known for her chart-topping hit ‘All Falls Down’ collaboration with Kanye West. She starred in the TV One reality series ‘R&B Divas: Atlanta’. Johnson also is a co-host on the well-known talk show ‘Sister Circle.’

With Syleena Johnson’s highly anticipated performance, this year’s Bantu Fest is slated to be one of the best in Bantu Entertainment’s history. Last year’s 2018 Bantu Fest broke the previous year’s record, attracting over 40,000 attendees. This year’s estimates are set to double last year’s success. Nearly 80,000 visitors both local and from abroad are expected, making this year’s festival the most diverse, by number of countries represented, and the largest in Bantu Entertainment history.

Chicago’s own Jazz Songstress Extraordinaire, Dee Alexander, will also perform live at Bantu Fest.

Festival will be hosted by some of Chicago’s renowned personalities and MCs: Charmaine J. (WGCI, Black Ink Chi); PHENOM (MC, hip-hop artist); PRECISE (hip-hop artist, MC, writer); Kendra G. (host at WGCI Radio, activist); and Blaq Ice & Blaq Isis.

The community is invited to join thousands of festival-goers to celebrate diversity, culture, and food from over 30 different countries; and local and international artists, emcees, MCs, DJs, from the Caribbean, Africa, South America and the USA.

In honor of continuity, change, and cultural connections throughout the diaspora #BantuFest2019 will showcase folklife, arts, crafts, vendors, dance, drums, workshops, children’s activities and many more activities that will create a unique experience of all the countries featured.

Midway Plaisance will return as the official venue of the festival (60th Street & Ellis Ave. Chicago, IL) open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For parking info and directions using public transportation visit

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