West Oak Lane band to bring world music sound to Germantown festival

West Oak Lane’s Sons of Adam will perform during the Give Back Community Concert & Festival in August.

GERMANTOWN >> The Sons of Adam band is determined to showcase some of the best of world music for Northwest Philadelphia.

Baba Ahmad Kenya, of West Oak Lane, is one of the band leaders. He is already responsible for putting together other ensembles, so now he feels it is time to bring the sound of bands that include horns playing world music, including African-American musical art forms like jazz, to audiences in Mount Airy, West Oak Lane, Germantown and adjacent communities.

The West Oak Lane band will be part of the lineup for the three-day 15th annual Give Back Community Concert & Festival that will be held along Germantown Avenue in August. Then one may find the group in venues like Vernon Park in the heart of Germantown and other neighborhood spots.

“We have been rehearsing in West Oak Lane,” Kenya said. “This is the 15th year that the Nicetown group have been having this free outdoor festival. The CDC [community development corporation] always plans all types of fun family friendly activities for the youths and the entire family. Since it is grassroots, many of the people come from the Nicetown and Germantown area.

“What I like about this is that they included musical concerts. Since it lasts for three days, we know that there will be all types of music at this event. We will be performing world music with our hybrid blends of African, African-American music and Middle Eastern music. This is our way of giving back to the community. The music will be mesmerizing. It will have positive self-esteem lyrics and songs you can share with your children and grandparents. We will be presenting PMB, which is Positive Message Bearing Music,” Kenya said.

The stage for this event will be located on the 4300 block of Germantown Avenue. Residents of Germantown and Nicetown are invited to take part in the festivities from Friday, Aug. 10, to Sunday, Aug. 11.

“We will be performing from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.,” Kenya said.

The headliner for this event will be singer Alyson Williams, the first female artist signed to Def Jam. She is best known for her 1986 hit recording “Yes We Can Can.” The New York native is the daughter of band leader and trumpet player Bobby Booker.

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