Portimão is gearing up for the return of Afro Nation Portugal, the world’s biggest Afrobeats festival which is taking place between Wednesday and Friday (June 28-30) at Praia da Rocha.
Main stage headliners Wizkid and Davido are among the latest acts to be confirmed, joining the already start-studded line-up of Little Simz, Popcaan and Focalistic, as well as Burna Boy, 50 Cent, Booba, Aya Nakamura, Fireboy DML, Asake, Arya Starr, Black Sherif, Oxlade, Dadju and Ms Banks, among many others.
“With his silky voice and irresistible beats, the Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum-selling global superstar Wizkid heads to Afro Nation Portugal to perform countless hits including ‘Essence’, ‘Mighty Wine’ and ‘Blessed’ for the adoring crowd,” organisers say.
“Davido, meanwhile, has built a reputation as one of the most exciting and innovative artists in the Nigerian music scene, known for his infectious hooks and equally infectious on-stage energy. With his return to the stage highly anticipated this summer, expect another crowning moment with the audience singing along to every word, as the feel-good party king dishes up all his hits like ‘Fall’, ‘If’ and ‘Skelewu’,” they add.
BRIT Award-winning lyricist Little Simz is also highlighted by organisers.
“Always fearless and thought-provoking, Simz has been collecting accolade after accolade in recent years and next up is another moment to savour as she makes her Afro Nation debut. The iconic dancehall legend Popcaan will also be pulling up to Portugal this summer to heat things up with his most sizzling anthems like ‘Only Man She Want’, ‘Party Shot’ and ‘When You Wine Like That’,” they say.
Burna Boy, Aya Nakamura and Popcaan will open the show on Wednesday (June 28), followed by Wizkid, Little Simz and Asake who will take the stage on Thursday, and 50 Cent, Davido, Booba and Fireboy DML closing the festival on Friday.
“We are excited to welcome Wizkid, Davido, Little Simz, Popcaan, Focalistic and more to Afro Nation Portugal 2023,” the festival’s organisers say in a statement. “These artists represent the very best of African music and culture, and we can’t wait to see them perform on our beautiful beach stage. With so many incredible acts on the line-up, this is shaping up to be the summer’s most unmissable party, and our best festival yet.”
Since its debut in Portugal in 2019, Afro Nation has become one of the biggest summer musical festivals in the Algarve.
“The rapid growth of the festival, which is now hosting events on sites of cultural significance across three continents, is a testament to the power of uniting the diaspora and showcasing the best of African music and culture. With this explosive line-up to come, and the stunning Portuguese sun that you can always rely on, Afro Nation Portugal is set to draw in crowds from the UK, right across Europe, Africa, and beyond, for another unifying and joyful celebration of Black music, dancing, food and good vibes,” organisers add.
Tickets are still available online.
Afro Nation Portugal 2022 Official Aftermovie:
Afro Nation Music Festival, Praia da Rocha, Portimão, June 28, 2023 – watch all the action from within the festival grounds!