Afro Nation

Afro Nation – World’s Largest Music Festival

This post is about a renowned Afrobeats festival, Afro Nation.


  • Founded in 2019 by Obi Asika and Smade, in affiliation with BBC Radio 1Xtra
  • Mainly held at Praia da Rocha, Southern Portugal

Read on to discover more about this music festival, its history, and features.

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What is Afro Nation?

Afro Nation is an annual music festival created to unite the best African artists across several music genres. These include Hip hop, Afrobeats, Amapiano, Dancehall, RnB, and Afro House.

Its organizers are Live Nation, Smade Entertainment, Memories of Tomorrow, and Event Horizon.

The festival takes place between March to August. It is held for three days in various countries, including Portugal, the United States, Ghana, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

However, Afro Nation plans to launch a new edition of the music festival in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2023. This edition is expected to be one of Nigeria’s biggest events for the year.

Many African and international artists have performed at the event. These include Wizkid, Burna Boy, King Promise, Tiwa Savage, Vanessa Mdee, Ruger, Patoranking, Naira Marley, Stefflon Don, Laycon, Niniola, etc.

On September 26, 2021, it collaborated with the Official Charts Company to create the official weekly UK Afrobeats Chart Show hosted by Eddie Kadi on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

History – Starting as an Annual Four-day Event

Afro Nation started as a four-day music festival until July 17, 2020, when it eventually became a three-day event. But before then, it was nominated at the UK Festival Awards 2019 for the Best Overseas Festival category.

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Its second edition was supposed to hold very early but was postponed to July 1, 2022, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, whose outbreak had caused social distancing.

On December 13, 2019, Afro Nation dropped a mixtape titled Afro Nation, Vol. 1., compiled by MOVES Recordings, a London-based record label.

It featured songs by SMADE, Lighter Tod, Ice Prince, Slim Kofi, Br3nya, Joey B, Oxlade, Kuami Eugene, Medikal, Terry Apala, Reekado Banks, Bisa Kdei, Eddie Kadi, Adekunle Gold, and Eugy.

About Afro Nation 2023

2023 Afro Nation’s music festival will be held from June 28 to July 1, 2023. Its venue is the Praia da Rocha Beach, Portimão, Portugal.

If you would like to attend the festival, you must be above 18 years old and should hold an ID to prove it.

The festival’s daily program runs in the afternoon of each day until the following day’s morning. Ticket holders will receive the full programme before the festival’s start date.

Afro Nation also plans to launch a two-year music festival in Detroit, Michigan. It’s coming on August 19/20, 2023, in the United States.

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Even though Afro Nation was launched not long ago, it is internationally recognized and known as the largest beach festival for urban music in Europe.

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Also, let us know whether you would like to attend the music festival or were once there, with comments on your experiences.

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