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One Africa Music Fest 2017 Recap: Here's What You Said On Social Media

Here's what One Africa Music Fest 2017 looked like.

On Saturday, some of the biggest names in African music gathered in London for One Africa Music Fest 2017.


It was a sold out event that saw the likes of Davido, SardokieTiwa Savage, Phyno, and Cassper Nyovest—to name only a few—hit the stage for a lively night of music and entertainment.

Folks in attendance took to social media both during and after the show to share their experience, shout out their favorite artists, and show everyone who wasn't there what they were missing out on.

Check below for a social media recap of One Africa Music Fest 2017.

The general consensus is that Ghanaian rapper, Sardokie, OWNED this year's showcase.

Top-billed act, Jidenna, never actually made it on stage to perform and, of course, not everyone was happy about this. The artist sent out this message to the fans:

Cassper Nyovest gained some new fans.

Looks like One Africa Music Fest 2017 was lit!

@casspernyovest and @jidenna at #oneafricamusicfest 👑👑 #OnoBello #OBCelebrities

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@casspernyovest and @jidenna at #oneafricamusicfest 👑👑 #OnoBello #OBCelebrities

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The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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