Afro Nation is a vibrant celebration of African and Global Black music and culture, hosting many of the world’s biggest stars for festivals around the globe. On August 19th and 20th, Afro Nation makes its debut in the Motor City with Afro Nation Detroit, a two-day bash featuring some of the biggest names in Afrobeats and other Black genres.
Today, Afro Nation Detroit announces the addition of Dej Loaf to the already stacked lineup. A hometown hero who grew up not far from the festival’s Brewster-Douglass location, Dej Loaf is a mainstay in Detroit’s bustling hip-hop scene, bringing a sharp sense of melody to hits like “Try Me” and “Fame.” Dej Loaf joins a lineup featuring headliners Burna Boy and Davido, and an array of heavy-hitters including R&B singer Ari Lennox, Nigerian duo P-Square, ATL rapper Latto, “Players” hitmaker Coi Leray, genre-bending musician Masego, and many more. Stay tuned for more announcements about the festival lineup in the coming days.
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.
Afro Nation Detroit follows up the successful Afro Nation Miami, which debuted in May 2023. Headlined by Afrobeats giants Burna Boy and WizKid, and featuring a powerful lineup of artists from Africa, the Caribbean, and across the globe, the festival earned coverage in The New Yorker, Variety, Billboard, and more.
Afro Nation festivals are dedicated to providing a global platform for music from Africa and its diaspora. In addition, Afro Nation teams with BBC Radio 1xtra and the Official Charts Company to host a weekly UK Afrobeats Chart Show, and in 2022, Afro Nation partnered with Billboard to present the first-ever U.S. Afrobeats Chart.
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 98% sold out.
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