The first ever Kemet Music & Arts Festival took place on September 27th, 2020, in Jersey City. Organized by Civil Rights activists across the state of New Jersey, it provided a platform for musicians, artists, and activists to bring positive encouragement to black and brown communities. It was also a platform to promote black and brown businesses struggling during the pandemic. Through hard work, determination, and help from all associated with Kemet, the festival left a lasting effect on the Jersey City community.
This year, on Saturday July 31st, 2021 (rain date August 1st), Kemet Music & Arts Festival comes to Montclair Brewery in Montclair. Rostafa, a musician and founder of Kemet, is bringing both a live and virtual concert and arts experience. The 2nd annual Kemet Fest is a fundraising event dedicated to an album project by African American musicians to aid a black business in need. The album is called “Black is Beautiful,” and is a dedication to Black culture world wide during trying times in the Black community. Once the project is completed, 20% of all album proceeds, merchandise, and performances of the material will be donated to a Black businesses in need.
This year features local talent, including Rostafa and Co., Lynette Live, Howlin’ Poets, and returning to a live stage since the pandemic, Lil Bastad. Many local Montclair vendors will be present that are black and brown operated. These include Talk Mac 2 Me, Little Hot Dog Wagon, Silantro Lime Tacos, and more. To help raise funds for the project, there will be live and virtual raffle giveaways.
All tickets until July 30th at 11:59 PM Eastern will be $20 per ticket. On the day of the event, tickets will be $25 at the door with no exceptions. Children under the age of 12 are free to enter.