Two main artists are repping the African continent at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
We suppose the others didn’t want to be part of this huge event because why else would there be only two acts from a whole continent with over 50 countries?
There’s also the argument that Jidenna doesn’t really count because he is Nigerian-American. But he was born in Nigeria and is a proud Igbo-man, is it such a bad idea to count him in as the third act?
That, however, wouldn’t do much for the numbers. Looking at the festival’s history, it is probably too much to ask to have a full circle representation all at one go, even though African artists came through last year (and in the past few years) with music that drove the internationals wild — and with the likes of Drake who borrowed from the culture.
On the upside though, our artists’ rapid dominance in the international space paves way for African music to one day conquer. For now, we will celebrate the ones that have arrived, namely; Nigeria’s Wizkid and Mzansi’s number one jockey and producer, Black Coffee.
Coffee is returning for the second time following his debut in 2016 that shook SA citizens and internationals alike (almost). He is playing under headliner, The Weeknd on Friday, 13th and Friday, 20th.
Wizkid is playing under headliner, Beyoncé on Saturday, 14th and 21st. And Jidenna is playing on Em’s headline day, Sunday, 15th and 22nd.
French Montana and Ibeyi are other Africans from the Diaspora that will be performing at the festival. We’re also happy to see new-comers such as record breaker Cardi B, Migos and more included in the line-up.
Here’s a full line-up:
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