Harlem Music Festival joins the party as Harlem Week continues

Music by DJ Cosi gets the people dancing during Sundae Sermon, a five-hour dance party at St. Nicholas Park during Harlem Week 2018. Photo credit: Jeff Bachner

Jeff Bachner

This year, during the annual Harlem Week in New York – a celebration of the vibrant and historic community – honored the neighborhood’s contribution to black and Latin music by hosting the second annual Harlem Music Festival.

The festival, officially sponsored by Harlem Week and the West Harlem Development Corporation began on August 2 and will run until August 21 this summer.

The event is produced by renowned Harlem musician, Ray Chew and in the past has seen artists like Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Melba Moore and many other esteemed musicians.

This year, the festival will host many virtual and in-person performances and events, including gospel, spoken word and dance performances.

Harlem Week, an annual celebration of the best of Harlem, aims to promote the community’s rich African American, African, Caribbean, Latino, and European history, as well as the arts, culture, and business that thrive there.

Originally launched in 1974, Harlem Week has grown from a one-day experience to a live, virtual 10-day event.

Given the success and popularity of the event, thousands of New Yorkers are expected to celebrate Harlem and its history, as well as support its future.

Gerald R. Schneider