Nigeria's fast-rising duo group, and 'Yori Yori' crooners, Bracket, is highly becoming a house hold name in North America.
Thanks to their fans and supporters in diaspora, the Enugu born duo, Bracket, is poised to receive a Honorary award from the city of Philadelphia at the African American Museum of Philadelphia in a Banquet event scheduled for August 3, 2012.
Although, Bracket have been met with challenges and unforeseen circumstances along the way, they aren’t slowing down either and are taking North America by storm with their new album release, even though Yori Yori still remains indisputably the most popular. Also, they will be performing at the 5th Annual African Music Festival, September 4, kicking off a one month tour in Philly – BRACKET-MANIA RELOADED, AUG 5 through September 2, 2012.
The ACANA festival is hosted by ACANA in collaboration with AfriQtalk, the African American Museum of Philadelphia, Delaware River Waterfront Corporation,World Audience Promotions, and Peco Energy. The African Music Festival is a one day free event, sponsored by the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on African & Caribbean Immigrant Affairs, Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual Disabilities, Children Crisis Treatment Center, Browns Family Shoprite, Cozen O’Connor, The Welcoming Center, Chester Avenue Business Association, Funtimes Magazine, and Liberian United Women in Progress.
Who is ACANA? African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc., ACANA was founded in Southwest Philadelphia in 1999 in order to bridge the gap between African immigrants and the existing African American communities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, an area of the city where most of the agency’s targeted clients, (African refugees, asylum seekers, and other immigrant populations) have been resettled. ACANA was originally started by Voffee Jabateh, MSW, as a cultural organization to support African artists/ musicians in their efforts to establish themselves within the United States.
The goal is to help African immigrant artists ensure continuity within their new location, as well as to assist in cultural preservation within this new environment. However, due to overwhelming requests for additional help by the ever-expanding population of African refugee, asylee and immigrant community members in dealing with the stressors associated with adjusting to their new community; ACANA was incorporated in 1999 as a non-profit social service agency.
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