The Caribbean will be well-represented in the African continent to round off 2019, as some of your favourite regional entertainers have been confirmed to perform at the first-ever Afro Nation festival in Accra, Ghana.
Lauded as the biggest urban music beach festival in Europe, Afro Nation heads to the Gold Coast for the very first time from 27-30 December.
Ghana is known as the cultural heartbeat of West Africa with rich traditions, an incredible culinary landscape and beautifully warm people. Referred to by many as Africa’s “Capital of Cool”, there is a growing creative renaissance largely seen in the music scene whose impact can be felt, seen and heard around the world.
With Ghana dubbing 2019 as “The Year Of Return”, there is no doubt that the influence of Caribbean music will be on display for the world to see next month. Thousands of visitors from all over are expected to flock to the picturesque Laboma Beach to indulge in a blended musical experience that celebrates the diaspora in a major way.
With almost 50 acts set to perform, here are 5 artistes that BUZZ thinks that fans should look out for at Afro Nation Ghana 2019:
At only age 25, Earlan “Alkaline” Bailey has become one of the most recognized faces on the dancehall scene. Hailing from Jamaica, he sprinted onto the music scene in 2015 with his controversial “tattooed eyes” which caused a firestorm of conversation among his fans—until it was revealed that the look was as a result of contact lens.
With an undeniable talent for moving the masses, the “Pretty Girl Team” singer is sure to have a “New Level Unlocked” with his highly-anticipated appearance in Ghana this December.
The “African Giant” is arguably the top Afrobeats artists in the world right now, currently making waves on his official European tour.
Burna Boy undoubtedly brings his Nigerian flavour to the music scene and will end 2019 on a very high note with the recent announcement of his first two Grammy nods for “Best World Music Album” and “Best Pop Vocal Album” for his song “Ja Ara E” on Beyoncé’s “The Lion King: The Gift”. Afro Nation Ghana will surely be a celebration for the award-winning singer and songwriter.
The embodiment of girl power, Yemi Alade burst onto the music scene with her popular single “Johnny”. She is known to sing in different African languages, including English, Yoruba, Igbo, French and Swahili.
The 30-year old Afropop sensation has also been named as a nominee for a Grammy Award for her feature on “Don’t Jealous Me” on “The Lion King: The Gift”. We’re especially looking forward to her fabulous sense of style that she will bring to Afro Nation Ghana stage!
With a foothold in various genres – including Afrobeats, Reggae, Dancehall, and Hip Hop – Wizkid has certainly made his mark in the global music industry.
Fondly known as “Starboy” by his fans, his chart-topping repertoire boasts a formidable body of work and a long list of collaborations, including Drake, Justine Skye, Chris Brown and Jamaican Dancehall sensation Vybz Kartel.
Certifiably a Caribbean brand ambassador wherever he goes, Walshy Fire – real name Leighton Paul Walsh – has made an indelible mark as a disc jockey, mic man and record producer.
The Kingston-born entertainer forms one-third of the dancehall-influenced group Major Lazer (alongside Trinbagonian-born DJ Jillionaire and Diplo) and has toured with the Black Chiney sound system for over a decade.
The global DJ sensation is well-respected by several Jamaican artistes, including global superstars Chronixx and Koffee.