EntertainmentMatters ArisingMusic

Afrochella: Shock at end of Ghana music festival

2 Mins read

Afrochella: Shock at end of Ghana music festival

After five years, Ghanaian music and cultural festival Afrochella will not return, its organisers have said.

The shock announcement was made at the very end of the two-day festival, in the early hours of Friday morning.

“This is the last Afrochella,” said co-founder Abdul Abdullah to the thousands of people still in the El-Wak stadium in the capital, Accra.

He did not give any reason.

However, in October California-based music festival Coachella sued the organisers for trademark infringement.

Mr Abdullah made the announcement just after headline act Burna Boy had closed his set, wowing the crowd with hits such as Last Last, Angelina and Dangote.

Although the stadium was still packed with thousands of people, the news that it was the final Afrochella escaped the attention of some, especially given that it was almost 03:00.

One African American woman I spoke to had missed the announcement as she was trying to beat the rush to get home.

Those who did notice were very upset.

“I couldn’t believe it when they said Afrochella is over,” said one woman.

Afrochella is heavily promoted to African Americans and many of those in the crowd had travelled from the US or UK to celebrate the new year in the continent of their origin.

“I’m shocked – this is what a lot of us in the diaspora look forward to at the end of the year,” said one African American man.

And this year’s festival was certainly a huge success.

Stonebwoy, Asake and Gyakie thrilled fans with amazing performances.

Although it wasn’t smooth for everyone.

Nigerian artiste Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe, also known as Ayra Starr, fell on stage while performing her hit song.

She blamed the organisers for the incident. “Afrochella next time y’all should clean your stage after every artist’s performance, that fall was very unnecessary and painful,” she posted.

The event also saw performances from other talented musicians.

“It was amazing, so good to play for my people, making sure that everyone is getting a good time. Everyone has fun,” Juls, a British-Ghanaian musician, told the BBC.

Singer Aerostar was excited about her performance: “The energy was amazing, the crowd was amazing too and the band did so well,” she said.

While the end of Afrochella will certainly leave a gap in the jam-packed calendar of events in Ghana, known as “Detty December”, tourists and visitors alike will still be able to enjoy a wide range of programmes.

For example, the Afro Nation festival wraps up on Friday night with performances by British-Nigerian artist, Skepta, Franco-Congolese singer Dadju and Ghana’s rising star Black Sherif, to name just a few.

And the BHIM concert, Tropical Fiesta, Mozama Disco, Lamajo fest will all be back next year.

But Afrochella will be sorely missed.

It was among events that authorities in Ghana hoped would continue attracting tourists, especially from the African diaspora, to the country as part of its “Beyond Return” initiative.

 

 

Source: BBC

Related posts
AmericaAsiaBusinessChinaGlobal 360Matters Arising

Report Shows 4.3% YoY Decline in US Exports to China in 2023 Amid Trade Turmoil

2 Mins read
Report Shows 4.3% YoY Decline in US Exports to China in 2023 Amid Trade Turmoil Led by a decline in agricultural goods and semiconductor shipments, the…
Matters Arising

KPMG Takes Bold Step in Crime Reduction by Hiring Former Prisoners

1 Mins read
KPMG Takes Bold Step in Crime Reduction by Hiring Former Prisoners One of Britain’s Big Four accountancy firms is hiring former prisoners…
Matters ArisingTechnology

Microsoft Bars Employee Access to Perplexity AI, Impacting Azure OpenAI's Major Customers

1 Mins read
Microsoft Bars Employee Access to Perplexity AI, Impacting Azure OpenAI’s Major Customers Microsoft is blocking employee access to Perplexity AI, one of the…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *