AfroFuture has exclusively announced through Rolling Stone that it will be drawing back members and lovers of the African diaspora to Accra, Ghana, on December 28th and 29th. The festival, previously known as Afrochella, will have headlining acts such as Afrobeats superstar Davido, UK rapper J Hus, and Ghanaian MC Black Sherif. Launched in 2017, AfroFuture had great success last winter, with acts such as Burna Boy, Asake, Ayra Starr, and Fireboy DML leading its lineup.
December is a popular month for travel and celebration in West Africa, often called “Detty December.” AfroFuture is a festival this month focusing on art, fashion, and food with a theme of “Black Unification & Pan Africanism.” The festival will begin on December 18 and continue for two weeks, featuring wellness sessions, screenings, panel discussions, a film competition, a community service day, and an entrepreneurial pitch competition in collaboration with Pharrell Williams’ non-profit organization, Black Ambition. The event promises to offer an otherworldly experience of African music, art, and cuisine. In addition to the festival, AfroFuture has scheduled other events for 2023, including a two-week exhibition from December 18 to 31 that focuses on digital experiences and panel discussions covering topics related to business, music, fashion, and art. The second event planned is the Afrofuture Music Museum, which will allow visitors to immerse themselves in a musical experience that takes them on a journey through the history of African music.
This year’s AfroFuture festival promises to be even more extensive and better, with Davido named among the headliners for the event. With the birth of his twins, potential Grammy nominations, a feature on Chris Brown’s new song, and much more, 2023 seems to be a big year for Davido. Nigerian pop superstar Davido released his fourth album, Timeless, this year. The album featured a lot of Amapiano fusions and produced the smash song “Unavailable.” This summer also saw the release of another headliner, J Hus’ Beautiful and Brutal Yard album, which includes the upbeat dance song “Who Told You” featuring Drake. J. Hus is well-known for popularizing the UK genre of afro swing, which blends hip-hop, afrobeats, and other elements. Ghana’s Black Sherif is also on the list after a stellar year. Since releasing drill-influenced, cult-favourite rap songs like “Second Sermon” and “Kweku the Traveller,” which ranked seventh on Rolling Stone’s list of the top Afropop songs of 2022, Black Sherif’s popularity has increased. He received the Best International Flow BET Hip-Hop Award last week.