UPDATED: Ghanaian artistes, Shatta Wale and Wiyaala have been confirmed for this year’s edition of SummerStage festival – New York City’s beloved outdoor performing arts festival, bringing nearly 90 free and benefit shows to Central Park and 12 neighborhood parks across the five boroughs.
Returning with a full season of shows this year, SummerStage will celebrate New York’s revival and the festival’s return to 12 local community parks across the city celebrating culture at a time when neighborhood parks have never been more crucial to the city’s wellbeing. The season will once again showcase established and emerging artists, presenting distinctly New York genres including salsa, jazz, hip-hop, indie rock, reggae, Afrobeat, soul, pop, global, contemporary dance, and many more.
The multiple award winning Ghanaian reggae and dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, and globally acclaimed afropop artiste, Wiyaala, are slated to perform at the Crotona Park on Saturday (Aug. 13th) at 7:00 PM. They are expected to bring their incredible catalog and take audiences on an artistic journey across the world with their highly rated performances.
According to the organizers, all performances will be free and open to the public, except for benefit concerts, and select shows will also be live-streamed on SummerStageAnywhere.org. A digital season brochure is available now at SummerStage.org.
“We are so happy to be back in local neighborhood parks after a two-year hiatus and to be able to once again build our newly refurbished flagship concert venue in Central Park,” said Heather Lubov, City Parks Foundation’s Executive Director. “Parks have always been neighborhood gathering spaces, but the pandemic brought to light just how absolutely critical parks are to our city’s health. We are thrilled to be able to bring neighbors together in their parks to enjoy a diverse, representative line-up that is reflective of our city’s rich cultural fabric.”
Since its inception, nearly 4 decades ago, SummerStage prides itself on creating a season that brings together compelling artists, diverse music styles and cultural offerings to engage fans from all over the city – and the world – and the 2022 season will continue that legacy.