On July 22nd, 2016, 15,000+ people mostly of African and Caribbean heritage gathered at The One Africa Music Fest, held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, to make history. It was the first time that an African musical festival took place on such grand scale; and it comes on the heels of what is a resurgence of Afrobeat music (made popular by Fela in the 1960s) in the West.
Produced by Paul Okoye of Upfront & Personal, a talent and events management company, and streamed through Jay-Z’s Tidal platform, the festival featured live performances from Africa’s biggest and brightest stars such as Wizkid, Davido, Stonebwoy, Diamond Platnumz, Flavour, Tiwa Savage and more.
On this 83rd of episode of The Africa Music Law Show, Ms. Uduak, host, discusses the event, and takes us through a brief history of what is an unstoppable rise of Afrobeat music in America. Indeed, Jamaicans (Reggae, Dancehall reggae), Indians (Bhangra), Puerto ricans and Spanish people in general (Reggaeton, Zumba) have had their own contemporary music renaissance. It is now Africa’s time.
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