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August 22, 2014, 3:48 am

Brandy to headline Global Fusion Festival

Grammy Award-winning R&B singer/actress Brandy will be featured at Philadelphia’s 6th Annual Global Fusion Festival, taking place at Penn’s Landing at noon on Saturday, July 21. The stellar line up of this free concert also includes Elle Varner, Luke James and Kenny Lattimore, as well as the versatile Abington native and current Philadelphia resident, Cody Kamhar.

Brandy will be performing music from “Two Eleven,” her first studio album in four years, dedicated to her “friend and mentor,” the late Whitney Houston. The title of the new project, set for release in August, is a “direct reference to the month and date of Brandy’s birthday and a tribute to Whitney, who passed away on the same date in 2012.”  

“To have an artist of Brandy’s caliber performing at this year’s festival is great for Philadelphia,” said Jack Ferguson, president & CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We hope that visitors from along the east coast can join us for a day of great entertainment from Brandy and the other first-rate performers.”  

“We are extremely excited to have such a huge name added to the roster of talent performing for this year’s Global Fusion Festival at Penn’s Landing,” said Multicultural Affairs Congress Exhibit Director Tanya Hall. “We look forward to a great turnout and a great show.”

In addition to live performances by award-winning headliners, the Great Plaza will be filled with cultural dance performances, ethnic foods, crafts and giveaways. The family-friendly festival will also feature a Children’s Pavilion, titled Rhap-City, with carnival rides, hip-hop and salsa dancing lessons, a traveling museum showcasing slavery artifacts and historic figure face painting, as well as Adventure Aquarium, the KYW Kidcast Mobile and the Philadelphia Police Department K9 Unit.

Presented by the Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC), a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Global Fusion Festival, part of PECO’s summer-long Multicultural Festival Series, was initially produced to celebrate MAC’s 20th anniversary. According to the organization, GFF is Philadelphia’s largest one-day festival, attracting more than 25,000 attendees.

The FREE festival holds true to its “global fusion” theme by presenting its 2012 theme “Rhapsody,” celebrating Philadelphia’s African Diaspora, Caribbean, Hispanic and Asian cultural performers for the visitors and residents to experience, all on one stage. Visit for an updated list of performers, vendors and sponsors.


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