Millenium Park Summer Music Series: Yemi Alade & Son Palenque

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Millennium Park Summer Music Series features a wide variety of music from established and emerging artists at the iconic Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The ILCC is proud to present these artists as part of the Music Series. Concert is free to the public and will be held at Millennium Park on July 17th, at 6:30pm 2023.


is a Nigerian Afropop singer, songwriter, actress and activist.[1] She sings in English, IgboPidginYoruba, French, Swahili and Portuguese.[2] Her music has been of influence in many African countries and the world as she is acclaimed “Mama Africa” for her versatility in using different African languages and attires in her songs and music videos.[3] Alade’s father was a police commissioner of Yoruba descent, while her mother is of Igbo descent.

Son Palenque

In the history of Afro-Colombian culture, Son Palenque is without a doubt an exceptional band, and its history has a place at the very heart of ancestral palenquera music as well as at the musical intersection between Africa and Colombia, which took place on Colombia’s Caribbean coast in the 70s and 80s and which continues today through champeta, a musical genre and dance that also bears a strong African influence.

The members of Son Palenque band grew up in rural communities fixed in time, with deep musical roots, duels between tambora players and a legendary musical profusion of traditional musicians that built the foundations of today’s Afro-Colombian music.

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