If you love Afro-pop music, like us then you’ll want to know which are the hottest festivals to checkout this year. These festivals are sure to let your soul feel free enough to shaku shaku or do any other dance of your choice. Here are the best festivals for that vibe
1. Afrochella, Accra Ghana 26th December 2020 – 1st Jan 2021
This is more than just a music festival, it’s a cultural experience. Afrochella highlights and elevates thrilling and thriving young talent from and within Africa. This is one of the interactive events that takes over Accra in December. It encourages collaboration, explains and explores cultures with a pioneering approach. The festival features a festive celebration of ALL African cultures in the form of Art, Fashion, Cuisine and most of all over 50 live music performances .
2. TINA festival, Accra Ghana 2021
TINA (This Is New Africa) festival is sure to start your year in a style and high energy. TINA Festival is the brain child of Afro-beats artist Fuse ODG. Launched in January 2019, this festival is an amazing display of Afrobeats music and culture that reflects the beauty and power of young Africans in Africa and from the Diaspora. This 3 day festival includes the biggest Kente Party as well as performances from top musician from throughout the diaspora such as Sarkodie, DBanj, Stefflon Don, Lethal Bizzle and Skepta.
TINA usually takes place at the start of the year so look out for 2021 dates on the official TINA website
3. Nyege Nyege, Jinja Uganda 2020
In September 2020, you need to be in Uganda for Nyege Nyege festival. It’s a 4 day festival set in Jinja, Uganda and showcases new and exciting talent from East Africa. This is not your typical destination festival, set in a breath-taking forest on the shores of the source of the River Nile, it’s sure to give you a music experience like no other.
4. Afronation 2020
Afro-nation is slowly making it’s name as one of the biggest beach festival in Europe show casing Afro-beats, dancehall, bashment and hip hop music. With multiple dates during the year and locations, you have numerous chances to dance to your favorite Afro-beats artists. This year‘s summer fixture will take place 17th – 19th July in Portugal and December will see the festival make it’s first appearance in Puerto Rico.
5. Sauti za Busara, Zanzibar, Tanzania 2021
Sauti za Busara is set in beautiful stone town. This is a 4 day festival that showcases music talent from all over East Africa. The festival includes 44 shows (with over 100 musicians), a carnival parade, jam sessions and more! You surely won’t be disappointed. Be sure to keep a look out for February 2021 dates.