The organizers of the Second Annual Freedom Weekend today announced the performance of world-renowned artists Will Downing and Angela Winbush at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2003 at the Music Hall in downtown Detroit.
“Both of these talented and successful entertainers are wonderful examples of the depth and broad range of vocalists that have contributed to our rich musical culture,” said Reverend Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit Branch NAACP and founder of Freedom Weekend. “I am sure their performance will move the spirit of those attending to capture our theme — ‘The Souls of Black Folk 100 Years Later: 1903-2003’.”
Known for his velvet-edged, sea-bottom baritone, Will Downing is a regular on the music charts with more than one million albums sold. His newest album “Sensual Journey” is described as a “magical distillation of Downing’s essence — romance bred with soul, married to jazz and touched with the timelessness of classic pop.”
“I try to look at my performance from an emotional standpoint,” said Downing recently. “Are the words that I’m saying being portrayed the right way? Is the person on the other end of the speaker getting it? Is it touching them? Did I make them think? If I did that then the mission’s accomplished.”
The much anticipated performance is one of the highlights of the 2nd Annual Freedom Weekend held April 24 – 26th. The three-day event at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit will include activities such as a national town hall meeting, introduction of a new African-American Think Tank, hip-hop summit and concert, as well as work shops on economics, business and health.