Five days ago, in the capital of Ghana, 50,000 people attended the inaugural Black Star Line Festival concert.

A festival founded by American Ghanaian rapper, Vic Mensa and African American Chance The Rapper, the festival was to celebrate African culture and unify African people both at home and in the diaspora. The Black Star Line Festival did just that.

Tobe Nwigwe
Tobe Nwigwe. Photo Credit: The Black Star Line Festival Concert.

The  week-long lineup saw Africa meet with the Diaspora through events such as panel talks and cultural events. At the end of the week there was the crowning event of the festival, the concert.

Held in Accra’s Black Star Square artistes such as Vic Mensa, Hazel, Chance The Rapper, Tobe Nwigwe, Talib Kweli, Grammy Award winning Erykah Badu and others from the Diaspora performed. They were joined by Ghanaian artistes Sarkodie, The Asaka Boys, Kwesi Arthur, Manifest, Sammy Kofi etc.

At the event were celebrities such as actress and producer Ama K Abebrese and comedian David Chappelle.

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For its inaugural leg, the festival was a huge success. It should be interesting to see how the festival develops over the coming years and the ties that it fosters and forms between Africa and the diaspora.