Tiwa Savage at last year's One Africa Festival in New York City. Photo: Johnette Reed

10 of Our Favorite Moments From One Africa Music Fest 2016 In New York City

One African Music Fest 2016 was the biggest and brightest afrobeats concert ever to hit New York City—and boy did it hit. The massive showcase brought out some of African music’s most recognizable performers like Wizkid, JidennaTiwa Savage and Davido— just to name a few.

In anticipation of this weekend’s London version of One Africa Music Fest, which will feature many of the previous year’s acts, along with P-Square, Olamide, Phyno, DJ Spinall, Efya, Cassper Nyovest, Tekno and many more—we revisit ten of the most memorable moments from last year’s festival below.


1. When Jidenna’s masquerader came out dancing.

Jidenna's bushdevil
Photo by Aaron Leaf.

 Turns out it was his friend…

Jidenna appeared to be having an absolute blast.

Photo by Aaron Leaf.
Photo by Aaron Leaf.

2. Tiwa Savage’s sublime performance

The queen of Afrobeats’ early performance was one of the best. Late comers missed out on a major treat, so do yourself a favor and don’t be late.

Tiwa Savage at last year's One Africa Festival in New York City. Photo: Johnette Reed
Photo by Johnette Reed
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Photo by Johnette Reed

3. When Swizz Beatz showed up

Swizz Beatz, who’s shown himself to be quite the afrobeats enthusiast over the years, appeared during Wizkid’s set. Just last week, the star producer showed Burna Boy major love during his first show in New York City.

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Photo: by ohnette Reed
Wizkid and Swiss Beatz at last year's One Africa Festival in New York City. Photo: Johnette Robinson
Photo by Johnette Reed

4. Flavour’s gyrating pelvis

Watch him go.

 


5. Wizkid’s style

His choice of headwear was top notch, and he managed to pull off a subtle wardrobe change halfway through his set.

Wizkid at One africa
Photo by Aaron Leaf
Photo by Aaron Leaf
Photo by Aaron Leaf

6. Seun Kuti on the saxophone

The multitalented musician performed some of his father’s classics. Need we say more?

Seun Kuti at last year's One Africa Fest in New York City. Photo by Johnette Reed.
Photo by Johnette Reed.
Seun Kuti at last year's One Africa Fest in New York City. Photo by Johnette Reed.
Photo by Johnette Reed

7. Davido running through his hits. 

The afrobeats star performed some of his biggest singles, like “Dami Duro” and “Gone”

Davido at last year's One Africa Festival. Photo by Johnette Reed.
Photo by Johnette Reed.
Davido at last year's One Africa Festival. Photo by Johnette Reed.
Photo by Johnette Reed.

8. Ayo Jay performing “Your Number”

The Nigerian musician had everyone singing along to his 2016 summer smash “Your Number.”

Ayo Jay at last year's One Africa Music Festival. Photo by Johnette Reed.
Photo by Johnette Reed.

9. Banky W.’s MC Skills.

Aside from performing, the musician and actor kept the crowd laughing as the shows host. The man’s got skills.

Banky W at last year's One Africa Fest. Photo by Johnette Reed.
Photo by Johnette Reed.

10. The Crowd.

People came out to the show in numbers. The energy was infectious and the African styles were popping.

Photo by Aaron Leaf
Photo by Aaron Leaf
Photo by Aaron Leaf
Photo by Aaron Leaf

Stream the London edition of One Africa Music Fest via Tidal. The livestream starts at 7:00 p.m. (GMT) on Saturday, May 13.

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