Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa’s Black Star Line Festival in Ghana draws 52,000 fans to inaugural edition

Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa launched the inaugural edition of their Black Star Line festival in Accra, Ghana this weekend with a star-studded concert featuring sets from Erykah Badu, Dave Chappelle, T-Pain, Jeremih, Sarkodie, Tobe Nwigwe, Asakaa Boys and M.anifest.

According to a statement Friday evening festival drew 52,000 fans to the historic Black Star Square, where the monument to Ghanaians became the first sub-Saharan African country to free itself from colonialism in 1957. “The Black Star Line Festival is more than just a celebration of black culture and music, it is a chance for the diaspora to come together as a community and remind ourselves of the power that lies within us,” Chance said in a statement. “It’s an opportunity to honor the legacy of those who came before us and to inspire and uplift each other. It’s a historic event and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Black Star Line Festival.”

The festival’s title was inspired by civil rights leader Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Line, which was founded in 1919 and operated by black people who helped connect global shipping and tourism opportunities between the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa.

The weekend of events included talks with Mensa and Chance, skate sessions and other arts and culture gatherings around the city, as well as the jam-packed concert that saw the acts perform on a stage with a giant black star front and center.

Garvey also inspired Chance’s music video” yes know ” featuring King Promise and his upcoming album Star Line Gallerywhich is expected to be released this year.

Check out some footage and photos from the event below.

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