Afro Nation Detroit Announces Set Times For This Weekend’s Festival
Headlined by Burna Boy and Davido, the Inaugural Afro Nation Detroit Happens This Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20th, in the Heart of the Motor City
The First-Ever Afro Nation Detroit Celebrates African and Global Black Music in One of the World’s Most Historic Music Cities, Bringing an International Array of Heavy-Hitters to Perform Over Two Action-Packed Days
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“Afro Nation events began in Portugal in 2019 and are continuing to grow and expand across the globe as a way to showcase and celebrate Afro-fusion, reggae, dancehall, hip-hop, soca and more Black-led music.” – Billboard
“With previous events in Ghana and Puerto Rico, Afro Nation has the accolade of being the world’s biggest festival centered on Afrobeats music.” – Billboard
“The festival promises to deliver an impressive array of today’s hottest artists from Africa and the diaspora.” – Yahoo!
Afro Nation gathers the best and brightest in Afrobeats and other Global Black genres to host action-packed festivals across the globe. Today, Afro Nation announces the set times for the first-ever Afro Nation Detroit, happening this weekend, August 19th and 20th, at Brewster-Douglass in the heart of the Motor City. The set times allow fans to plan their visit to the historic site, whether they’re planning to catch the stars on the Main Stage or dance the day away at the Piano People Stage, culminating in headlining performances by Burna Boy and Davido.
In recent days, Detroit rapper Dej Loaf, Nigerian singer Flavour, and French artist Franglish have all been added to the bill. These international heavy-hitters will joing an array of talented names like R&B singer Ari Lennox, Nigerian duo P-Square, ATL rapper Latto, “Players” hitmaker Coi Leray, genre-bending musician Masego, Amapiano artists like Major League Djz and DJ Maphorisa, and many more.
Expected to draw tens of thousands of attendees each day, Afro Nation Detroit 2023 will feature additional activations and events to honor Detroit’s musical contributions to the world and highlight its connection to present day American, African, and global Black culture and music. The festival offers an opportunity to celebrate Detroit’s resilience and enduring legacy while also connecting with its vibrant music and artistic communities. The festival site, Brewster-Douglass, is a historically significant housing project in Detroit that was the first federally funded housing project for African Americans in the United States. It was home to icons such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, and other influential African Americans.
Today, Afro Nation hosts two “Homecoming Conversations,” featuring special guests, concerning issues important to the artist community. The first panel “Innovation In Music,” features panelists including Detroit techno icon Theo Parrish, Nigerian producer Sarz, and more, while the second panel, “There’s No ‘I’ in Team,” welcomes LVRN CEO Tunde Balogun, plus others.
With more milestones to cross and many unforgettable sets in the near future, Afro Nation is primed to shine an even brighter spotlight on some of the most exciting artists in music today.
Visit Detroit.afronation.com for tickets and additional festival information. Afro Nation Detroit is 99% sold out.
Click HERE to read more about Afro Nation’s pre-festival parties and community events:
Watch the Afro Nation 2022 Recap Video HERE
Keep an eye on Afro Nation US’s Instagram for more updates, and all the highlights from Afro Nation Miami 2023.
Afro Nation Detroit 2023 is presented by Bedrock, Event Horizon, SMADE, and Live Nation.
Afro Nation Detroit DJs and Hosts
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Launched in 2019 to critical acclaim, Afro Nation is the biggest and best Afrobeats celebration in the world and a fast growing global cultural influence. The events unite the diaspora and deliver something culturally important to a hugely underserved audience. In 2022, 40,000 music lovers attended Afro Nation Portugal to see the biggest names in Afrobeats, Amapiano, Hip-Hop, R&B, Dancehall and Bashment, at one of the most beautiful beach locations on the planet. After finishing 2022 with Afro Nation Ghana (Dec. 29-30), Afro Nation expands even further in 2023, with Miami 2023, its first-ever festival on the continental U.S.