Afro Nation debuted in Detroit over the weekend with a roster of Afrobeats, hip-hop and R&B artists. The two-day event featured Burna Boy, Masego, Ari Lennox, Latto, Coi Leray, Dej Loaf and others. The Detroit festival is the second US date following Afro Nation Miami which took place in May. Artists performed at the historic Brewster-Douglass location which is the site of the former housing project where Diana Ross grew up. Launched in 2019, Afro Nation is a global celebration of the Afrobeats genre and Black music from the diaspora. Nigerian entrepreneurs Obi Asika, and Smade founded the festival in association with BBC 1 Xtra.
Burna Boy headlined on Saturday and Afrobeats legend Davido closed the festival on Sunday. The successful event will be returning to the United States in 2024 and fans can signup at USA.afronation.com.