Afrobeat’s icon, Davido, announced his ARE WE AFRICAN YET? (A.W.A.Y) Festival, a one-day music festival and cultural experience taking place at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on November 18, 2022. The festival was conceived to promote and foster cultural exportation and collaboration between Africa and the world. Davido’s level of collaboration with U.S based artists over the years has positioned him as a unique bridge between Africa and the world, a mantle that he has carried proudly.
The news comes off the heels of the announcement of the ‘Black Star Line Fest‘ taking place in Ghana next January. The Black Star Fest, curated by Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, follows the similar theme as the A.W.A.Y Fest – to unite people from all over the diaspora through music.
The demand for African music, fashion and culture worldwide has restored a sense of pride to Africans everywhere with most yearning for a deeper connection with home. According to a press release, Davido reflectingly asks ‘Are we African Yet?‘, are we willing to claim our heritage and our culture. The A.W.A.Y Festival is an opportunity that urges the African diaspora and non-Africans around the world to find and celebrate each other roots and experience African culture like never before.
“Growing up, we were often made to feel unworthy as Africans, so many of us didn’t want to claim where we were from and in some cases denied our heritage. That’s not the case anymore, we are proud Africans, and we want to invite people to enjoy our culture – our music, food and art. That’s what The A.W.A.Y Festival is all about,” said, Davido.
Afrobeats music has evolved to be one of the fastest growing music genres, gaining global recognition. For the A.W.A.Y Feat, some of Africa’s finest artists will grace the stage with headline performances by DAVIDO, KIZZ DANIEL, PHEELZ, LOJAY, VICTONY, OXLADE, BNXN, FOCALISTIC, and more.
Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.