Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa unveil official Black Star line
festival lineup. Chance the Rapper at the free concert,
Vic Mensa, Erykah Badu, T-Pain, Jeremih, Sarkody, Tobe Nwigwe, Asakaa Boys, M.anifest.
It will take place on January 6, 2023 at Accra’s historic Black Star Square, Black Star Line.
The festival is a pan-African celebration, building bridges between black and diaspora artists and the continent.
“Since 1957, Ghana has been both a system and a hub for black liberation around the world,” explains Chance the Rapper. “This year, Accra has become a second home for me and my Ghanaian friends have become my family. We are incredibly humbled and honored to be able to build from the ground up. Aquava!!”
Historic Black Star Square is a monument to political freedom fought and won by the Ghanaians in 1957. Ghana was the first Sub-Saharan African country to free itself from colonialism under the leadership of its first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. – Many countries on the continent soon followed. Dr. Nkrumah was inspired by Jamaican-born revolutionary Marcus He Garvey, who believed in a free Africa and a global connection between the people of the continent and black people around the world. When Dr. Nkrumah developed the flag and principles of Ghana, he argued that these principles were key to the progress of the people.
The Black Star Line Festival takes its title from civil rights leader Marcus Garvey’s iconic Black Star Line. Founded in 1919 and run by blacks, the line connects the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa with global shipping and tourism opportunities. The Black Star line was a symbol of pride not only for Africans, but also for blacks in all ports of call. Nearly 40 years later, the government of Ghana launched a fleet of the same name in Garvey’s honor and added a black star to the country’s new flag.
In the days leading up to the concert, the Black Star Line Festival will host a week-long series of events and panels at Accra’s Cultural Center, beginning in the first week of January. Free gatherings provide opportunities for education, enrichment and cultural dissemination. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.
In 2022, Chance has intertwined the worlds of art, music and cinematography through groundbreaking works and installations, collaborating with artists from The Continent and The Diaspora. His new works include “Child of God” (collaboration with Gabonese artist and painter Naïla Opiangah), “A Bar About A Bar” (collaboration with Chicago-based painter Nikko Washington and film director Troy Gueno). ), “The Highs &
The Laws feat. Joey Bada$$ (collaboration with Gabonese photographer Yannis Davy Guibingua) –– all in honor of black artists. Chance’s new release, ‘YAH Know’, features acclaimed Ghanaian artist King Promise.