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Afro Nation Puerto Rico Announces Burna Boy, Davido, 2Baba, Afro B & More For Its Initial Line-Up

The popular festival revealed an impressive first wave of performers for Afro Nation Puerto Rico.

The next installment of Afro Nation is set to hit the Caribbean when it comes to Puerto Rico in March 2020. After a sold-out festival in Portugal this summer, it looks like this edition won't disappoint.


The first wave of performers and headliners were revealed this morning and include Beenie Man, Burna Boy, Davido, Afro B, Busiswa, Patoranking, Chronixx, 2Baba, Kranium, Patrice Roberts, Rotimi, Shenseea, Stonebwoy, Teni, and The Compozers.

The "world's number one beach festival" will last for four days in the Caribbean paradise. This is just the first wave of artists to be announced, expect many more to be added to the list and showcase the variety of artistic skill and overall dopeness coming from the continent and the diaspora.

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In a time when the world is being taken by an African music storm, this festival seems to hold some of the biggest names in the industry. The talent on the roaster display a variety of styles from afrobeats to dancehall, reggae to rap and R&B to experimental. It is the first global traveling festival of its kind focusing on "#BlackExcellence and good vibes," according to their press release. Pre-sale tickets go on sale this Thursday, November 7th, and general tickets the following day on November 8th.

Get tickets as soon as you can—remember the last edition sold out! Check the trailer and playlist for the festival below.


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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Rema, Teni & More Win Big at 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards

Check out the complete list of 2020 winners.

The Soundcity MVP Awards, the annual award show that recognizes the best and biggest in African music, took place over the weekend at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. Some of the biggest names in African entertainment took home awards.

The show was hosted by South African star Bonang Matheba and featured performances from Diamond Platnumz, Tekno, Tiwa Savage, Stonebwoy and more.

The big winner of the night was none other than Burna Boy, who took home the award for African Artiste of the Year for the second time, the first time being in 2018 in which his mother, Bose Ogulu gave us that memorable acceptance speech warning us "to expect more madness." He also won Song of the Year for "Killin Dem," as well as Best Male MVP.

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The 9 Best Afropop Songs About Lagos

Featuring city odes from Kizz Daniel, Wizkid, Teni, Maleek Berry, M.I Abaga, Brymo and more.

The best afropop songs about Lagos, Nigeria's most populous city, are as much about the city as a whole as they are about select areas of special importance to individual artists.

Read on for our selection of The 9 Best Afropop Songs About Lagos. Listed in no particular order.

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Watch Joeboy's New Music Video 'All For You'

The buzzing Nigerian artist shares his latest single from his debut EP 'Love & Light.'

Rising artist Joeboy shares his new song and video "All For You," one of the standout tracks from his debut EP Love & Light.

The track follows the release of the artist's breakout singles "Baby" and "Beginning," and sees the artist dealing with a love interest who's facing an abusive partner.

"The song is basically about a girl in a relationship plagued by domestic violence," says Joeboy of the song and video. "The girl ends up falling in love with someone else who actually treats her right and therefore she ends up breaking up with her boyfriend because of him. It's a twisted love story between a girl and two guys."

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