I always hear about major American artists (specifically rappers) performing at European or South American festivals. But how come a massive continent like Africa can’t do the same thing? They have an extensive culture that loves American music and clearly has the infrastructure to host a major event. Great minds think alike because someone was having the same thought process as me. Chicago’s Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa will be headlining/hosting a music festival in Ghana in the first month and week of 2023.
The name of the festival is the “Black Star Line Festival because they named it after the historic Black Star Square. Essentially, the goal of the festival is to “aims to connect Black artists from around the world with the continent of Africa.” It’s remarkable that Chance & Vince took matters into their own hands because something like this is overdue.
Black Star Line Festival Line-Up
Whoever curated this show was in their bag because the lineup was insane. Besides Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, the star-studded line-up includes the legend himself, T-Pain. In addition, there will be homegrown African talents like Sarkodie, M.anifest, Asakaa Boys, and even some appearances from special guests. Overall, it’s supposed to be a day dedicated to celebrating music, art, food, and educating festival goers.
For A Good Cause
Hopefully, this doesn’t start to play a role in Ghanaians not being able to afford Ghana anymore. Because I have seen Ghanaians on Twitter telling the diaspora to stop coming to Ghana because it is pricing them out, due to the current state of the economy. The money coming in should empower Ghana and boost the economy. Chance and Vic even partnered with United Airlines to offer flight discounts to Ghana.
I’m hoping this festival will help boost tourism in Ghana. At the same time, it shouldn’t be something that displaces the locals. I cannot wait to see the turnout.