Music Feature

Global Fusion Festival Celebrates "Carnival" at Penn's Landing

by Mercedes Jones
A fusion of music, food, culture and entertainment...

This weekend capped off  Global Fusion Week, with the 5th Annual Global Fusion Festival, a Carnival themed combination of Caribbean, Hispanic, African, African-American and Asian cultural performers, performing for free at one of Philly's favorite summer concert venues,  Penn's Landing Great Plaza.  

Having expanded beyond their initial two day celebration, the Multicultural Affairs Congress pulled out all the stops this year.  Enticing Philadelphians and travelers alike with an exciting multi-genre line up of artist including Estelle, Melanie Fiona, Anthony David and Philly's own Meek Mill.  

Playing to an ample and eager crowd of festival goers, the R&B diva's stole the show.   Songtress Estelle graced the stage in a cute animal print jumpsuit and her trademark cropped bob.  The heat and humidity was no match for her, as she batted her eyelashes, flashed her beautiful smile and cooled the audience down with hits like "American Boy", "I Can Be A Freak" and a dead on cover of Mary J's "Real Love".   

Canadian diva Melanie Fiona ended the show with an energized performance of  hit's "Bang,Bang", "It Kills Me", "Give It To Me Right" and another cover favorite, Lauryn Hill's "Killing Me Softly".  Flawless in a belted and flowing shirt dress, Melanie gave no signs that she had just been whisked in from the airport, as she didn't even break a sweat in the sweltering evening heat.

Touring the event was alot of work, the marketplace was jammed packed with vendors selling items that ranged from hair extensions, to handmade crafts.  The VIP tent was a welcomed oasis, decked out in full carnival attire and offering up cocktails and catered Caribbean cuisine to a mixed bag of performers, philebrities, posers and lots of kids.  Backstage the celebs chopped it up with the press, I even caught a very meek Meek Mill meeting Estelle for the first time.  

So hopefully if you missed out this year, I've left you salivating for next year's festival.  Mark your calendars...trust me you won't want to miss it!  

   
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