Common Headlines 11th Annual African-American Music Fest

(AllHipHop News) Chicago rapper Common will hit the stage at Cal State Northridge next week during the 11th Annual African-American Music Festival.

The festival takes place from March 22nd -27th and is free and open to the public.

The annual event is geared towards middle and high school students and allows the children to learn about the important contributions African-Americans have played in the development of popular music throughout the world. The six-day event features musical workshops, a networking forum, business educational panels and performances by Common and renowned jazz musician Washington Rucker.

"The festival has been an important addition to CSUN’s community outreach in promoting music education regionally," said Pan-African studies professor Deborah Broadous.

Broadous is the advisor of the African-American Music Association (A2MA), the student group that is organizing the event. "We believe in the power of mentorship and exposing these children to the most successful musicians and executives in the business. We hope to encourage these young people to pursue their dreams,” Broadous added.

Common is expected to appear with former Ernie Singleton, former VP of Urban for MCA, on Thursday (March 25th) at 4:00 PM during the Music Business College Tour and Student Showcase.

The festival will culminate on March 27th with a gospel performance and reception at Calvary Baptist Church of Pacoima.