Out of Africa
Aside from Benin’s Afropop queen Angélique Kidjo and the percussive Soweto Street Beat, this year’s diverse African Festival of the Arts ventures far off continent. Jazz smoothy Javon Jackson partners with fusiony keyboard legend Les McCann. Also atop the four-day bill are lip-licking bedroom crooner Avant and funky soul diva Chaka Khan. The fest runs Friday 3 through Monday 6 in Washington Park.