How Ghana’s Music Fest Scene, Featuring Chance the Rapper, Burna Boy, Meek Mill and SZA, is Uniting the African Diaspora

Vic Mensa co-founded the inaugural Black Star Line Festival (Jan. 6) and the annual Afrochella and Afro Nation music festivals, which fuel a wave of tourism to the West African nation. Gabrielle Union and Kendrick Lamar also visited this year. 

 The vivid West African country of Ghana, which was historically used as a prominent port in the British trade of enslaved peoples, is increasingly on the map as a tourist and cultural destination, especially for Black Americans and entertainment industry stars including Kendrick Lamar, Gabrielle Union, SZA, Meek Mill and Chance the Rapper.

This winter season is destined to be especially busy thanks to a pair of festivals, one returning, one new, that focus on using the power of entertainment to reunite the global African diaspora. “People are discovering [Ghana], which is part of the process of reconnecting because it’s in our blood,” says Ghanian-American Queen Sugar actor Kofi Siriboe, who has been visiting his ancestral land regularly since 2016. 


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