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

Ahead of the London's One Africa Music Fest on Saturday (May 13th), we revisit the best moments from last year's show in NYC.

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.

Photo by Aaron Leaf.

 Turns out it was his friend...

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Jidenna appeared to be having an absolute blast.

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.

Photo by Johnette Reed

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.

Photo: by ohnette Reed

Photo by Johnette Reed

4. Flavour's gyrating pelvis

Watch him go.

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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.

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?

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"

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."

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.

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

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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