Ten-time Grammy Award-winning singer Chaka Khan and Atlanta’s own Future have been added to the musical lineup set to perform at halftime of the upcoming Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic on Sept. 29.
The original “human beatbox,” Doug E. Fresh, will highlight and produce the performance, which will be themed “One Love. One Music. One Culture.”
Also performing will be the Southern University Marching Band.
The 100 Black Men of Atlanta, a volunteer community organization focused on education, empowerment and enrichment in African-American youth, will be the halftime show’s executive producers.
Sean Bankhead, who has worked with Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Cheri Dennis and Miley Cyrus, will choreograph the program, while Doug E. Fresh and Bart Phillips, executive producer of the Soul Train Awards and CEO of Sunseeker Media will collectively oversee things.
The Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic is one of the nation’s largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) football games and one of the biggest recurring sporting events in Georgia. The event pits the Florida A&M University Rattlers against the Southern University-Baton Rouge Jaguars on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome. The game will be televised nationally by NBC.
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The Southern University Human Jukebox marching band has performed in more Super Bowls than any other HBCU band.
The high-stepping, show-stopping group will set the stage for performances by Chaka Khan, Future and Doug E. Fresh who will bring the past and present of Hip Hop and R&B music to life for HBCU students, fans and alumni in attendance.
Chaka Khan, known as the Queen of Funk, is a 10-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter whose musical career and influence spans more than three decades. Originally from Chicago, Ill., her signature hits showcasing her powerful voice include “Tell Me Something Good,” “Sweet Thing,” “Ain’t Nobody,” “I’m Every Woman,” “I Feel For You” and “Through the Fire.”
Atlanta-based rapper Future, known as a master of the mix-tape, recently signed a record deal with Epic Records and has strong family ties to Atlanta’s famed Dungeon Family.