Black Star Line Festival Attracts 50K in Africa

todayJanuary 9, 2023

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(GEMS RADIO)—Black Star Line Festival in Ghana has drawn quite the crowd. Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa’s festival had T Pain, Erykah Badu, Jeremih, among other local acts perform.

The two Chicago natives, Chance and Vic, named the festival after a tribute to pan-African activist Marcus Garvey’s shipping company. “Founded in 1919, and operated by Black people, the [Black Star Line] would link America, the Caribbean and Africa, to global shipping and tourism opportunities,” a press release for the festival explained. “The Black Star Line was a symbol of pride, not only for Africans, but also for Black people in all ports of call. After nearly 40 years, the Ghanian government launched their fleet with the same name, in homage to Garvey, and even added a black star to the country’s new flag.”

Ahead of the festival, the two founders of the festival, spent one week with eight students from Chicago in Ghana to offer them history about their roots.  “When Vic and I started our careers and started touring, we did shows all over the US,” Chance said at the time. “Eventually we started touring in Europe, we did shows in Asia, South America, Central America, but we never had a chance to play our music for the people who support us the most.

Written by: Robert Frezza

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