Last night, the highly-anticipated One Africa Music Fest took placed in New York City, and it was fantastic. Even though I didn’t understand any of the non-English portions of some of their songs, it was okay because music is a universal language.
To quote, Plato”Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”
If you’ve traveled out of the country, then you will know how vastly different music can be from one country to another. The sounds are influences of the culture in that particular region. So having African music brought to the United States was a chance I didn’t want to give up.
From what I was told, the event had been in the works for quite some time, and I’m so happy they got it right. It was a labor of love, and that love was apparent on stage last night. It showed in each of the artist performances.
The festival lineup had a mix of Afro-fusion, R&B, hip-hop and Afro-soca artists. Artist from Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and the Caribbean. Concert attendees were treated to performances by some of Africa’s biggest names, like Wizkid, Jidenna, Davido, Ayo Jay, Tiwa Savage, Flavour, Stonebwoy, Diamond Platnumz, Machel Montano, Timaya, Praiz, Banky W and Seun Kuti, the son of legendary musician Fela Kuti.
Tiwa Savage a mother of one, was the only female performer on stage and she killed it.
If you didn’t make it out to the festival, here is a playlist of all the artist to keep you dancing all weekend long
One Africa Music Fest Playlist – 15 Songs to keep the party going.
As I watched the performances, I had my fingers crossed hoping Drake or Chris Brown would come on stage with Wizkid but they didn’t. The surprise appearance was when Swizz Beatz joined Wizkid on stage.
Tidal streamed the festival live, and you can watch a replay here: [ETA: Removed the link because Tidal has since restricted access to the replay.]
You add can your favorite songs to your Amazon Prime Music Library or download onto your device.
What do you think of the music? Did you enjoy it? Hopefully, when the next festival comes around, you will plan accordingly and join the party.