Vic Mensa has arrived in Accra, Ghana to perform at the free Black Star Line Festival on Friday (January 6) and in the days leading up to it is leading the charge to provide clean water to over 200,000 residents.
The Chicago rapper said so TMZ Hip Hop that he became emotional when he saw the living conditions in Accra, which included polluted water, and joined his father, who is Ghanaian, to bring clean water to three villages.
“We are building three boreholes in different communities in Ghana to provide clean drinking water; the first is Asokore Zongo in Koforidua where my family lives which has already been built,” said Mensa.
He continued: “The other places are a nearby community called Effiduase and then our ancestral village in the Volta region, Amedzofe. Most people in communities like this in Ghana experience constant waterborne diseases.”
Drilling for the wells will reportedly take about three to four weeks to complete and will include 10-15 days of on-site drilling, followed by pipe and cable installations. The water in question will also be tested in a laboratory prior to consumption, and TMZ was informed that the cost of the bores was about $45,000.
Chance The Rapper revealed the lineup for the free Black Star Line Festival he started with Vic Mensa back in November. The party will include performances from Erykah Badu, T-PainVic Mensa, Jeremiah, Tobe Nwigwe, Sarkodie, M.anifest and Asakaa Boys, with more to be announced.
Vic Mensa and Chance The Rapper spent extended time in Ghana last summer and were seen hanging out with eight students from Chicago in an attempt to teach them about their roots. The “Shelter” collaborators announced the festival at Free The Youth’s flagship venue.
Chance has previously explained that the name of the festival came to him while he was working on his forthcoming second album Star Line Gallery.
“I was inspired by Marcus Garvey in the early 1900s, 1919 to actually 1922, so 100 years ago now,” Chance shared Sway in the morning. “He started and ran this very important, integrated shipping company. He had a fleet of ships, these giant ocean liners that are the size of cruise ships, that he owned and financed with ordinary black people’s money.
“But what he did with it was he created a trade route between the United States, all the black islands and the African continent, and it created a network of people where people from all over the world were connected and worked with each other. and took trips together and created this connection that didn’t exist before.”
This connection was known as the “Black Star Line”, hence the name of the festival.
“When I think about the Black Star Line and all the spaces it’s been in, the Black Star is the representation of Ghana, in their flag, in the fabric of how their country was created,” Chance added. “They believe in global blackness, black connectivity and a free Africa.”