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Wizkid and Davido to feature in Afro Nation Portugal 2023 as main stage headliners

Wizkid and Davido, together with Little Simz, Popcaan, and Focalistic, will perform on the main stage at Afro Nation Portugal 2023. They will join the largest Afrobeats and Amapaino lineup in the world this summer.

Afro Nation, which will take place on the lovely Portimao beach from June 28 to 30, already has a star-studded line-up that includes, to name a few, Burna Boy, 50 Cent, Booba, Aya Nakamura, Fireboy DML, Asake, Arya Starr, Black Sherif, Oxlade, Dadju, and Ms Banks. The Star Boy himself has rejoined the group at this point. The Grammy-winning, multi-platinum-selling worldwide sensation Wizkid arrives in Portugal for Afro Nation to play a plethora of his greatest hits for the adoring crowds, including “Essence,” “Mighty Wine,” and “Blessed.”

Wizkid has joined Burna Boy, another Afro Nation 2023 headlining act, to become the first African artists to headline UK Stadium events in 2023. Only two years after his record-breaking sell out London O2 Arena gigs on the “Made In Lagos” tour, which The Evening Standard dubbed “a victory for African music’s more globalized reach,” Wizkid’s “More Love, Less Ego” tour is propelling the singer to new heights.

Meanwhile, Davido, who is renowned for his contagious hooks and contagious onstage enthusiasm, has established himself as one of the most original and interesting musicians working in Nigeria. Expect another memorable performance this summer as the feel-good party king performs all of his favorites like “Fall,” “If,” and “Skelewu.” His return to the stage is eagerly awaited.

Little Simz, a BRIT Award-winning songwriter, will perform in the Algarve as well. She will enthrall the public with songs from her ground-breaking new albums “Sometimes I Might Be Introvert” and “NO THANK YOU,” as well as her timeless favorites like “Venom,” “101FM,” and “Boss.” Simz has been winning awards left and right lately for her constant bravery and provocativeness, and her upcoming Afro Nation debut is another moment to cherish. This summer, the legendary dancehall artist Popcaan will also arrive in Portugal and turn up the heat with his sultry hits like “Only Guy She Want,” “Party Shot,” and “When You Wine Like That.”

That’s not all, either. In light of his headline performance in London at the beginning of this month, Focalistic, another of Amapiano’s finest, has been named as a leading name on this year’s Piano People stage. Along with a host of other South African celebrities, including previously announced headliners Scorpion Kings, Major League DJz, and Uncle Waffles, as well as a host of DJs and artists responsible for some of the most exciting music around right now, Kamo Mphela, Felo a Tee, Sir Trill, and Skyla Tylaa will also be performing. This June, powerful Musa Keys, well-known singer Young Stunna, renowned genre queen DBN Gogo, trailblazer Vigro Deep, “future ghetto punk” phenomenon Moonchild Sanelly, and many others will bring the heat and stir up the sand with all the newest moves.

The day splits for Afro Nation Portugal 2023 have also been revealed today. The show will begin on June 28 with performances by Burna Boy, Aya Nakamura, and Popcaan; on June 29, Wizkid, Little Simz, and Asake will take the stage; and on June 30, 50 Cent, Davido, Booba, and Fireboy DML will light up the night with fireworks.

Wizkid, Davido, Little Simz, Popcaan, Focalistic, and other artists will be performing at Afro Nation Portugal in 2023, according to the event’s organizers. “We are eager to witness these performers on our stunning beach stage since they exemplify the best of African music and culture. This festival is building up to be our finest one yet with so many outstanding bands on the lineup, making it the party of the summer that cannot be missed.”

The first Afro Nation concert to take place on North American mainland will take place this year, following a historic return to West Africa for Afro Nation Ghana during “Detty December” and a historic performance in Puerto Rico in April 2022. Burna Boy, Wizkid, Rema, Asake, Beenie Man, and more performers will make their 2 day debut at Afro Nation Miami 2023 in Florida on May 27th and 28th.

With its 2019 debut in Portugal, Afro Nation has established itself as a must-attend event. A testament to the effectiveness of bringing together the diaspora and exhibiting the finest of African music and culture is the festival’s quick expansion, which has led to it now hosting events on places of cultural significance on three continents. Afro Nation Portugal is poised to draw crowds from the UK, across Europe, Africa, and beyond for another unifying and happy celebration of Black music, dancing, food, and good vibes. This explosive lineup, together with the reliable Portuguese sun, will help to pull these masses.

Afro Nation Portugal 2023 Second Wave Line Up (new additions in bold):

  • Wednesday 28th June:
  • Burna Boy, Aya Nakamura, Popcaan, Ayra Starr, Oxlade, The Compozers, Nelson Freitas, Nissi, Camidoh
  • Thursday 29th June:
  • WizkidLittle Simz, Asake, Tayc, BNXN, Black Sherif, Victony, Ms Banks, Tyla
  • Friday 30th June:
  • 50 Cent, Davido, Booba, Fireboy DML, Vegedream, Gabzy, Sauti Sol, Gyakie, Soraia Ramos
  • Piano People Stage:
  • Scorpion Kings, Major League DJz, Uncle Waffles, FocalisticKamoMphela, Musa Keys, DBN Gogo, Young Stunna, Felo Ła Tee, Daliwonga, Tyler ICU, Sha Sha, Vigro Deep, Moonchild Sanelly, Sir Trill, TXC, Pabi Cooper, Boohle, Charisse C, Nicky Summers, Skyla Tylaa, DJ Fistoz
  • Hosts & DJs:
  • Eddie Kadi, Shopsydoo, Xavier, Captain Lulaz, P Montana, Dj Sogood, Mercedes Benson, DJ Dollar
  • Plus more to be announced!
  • BBC Radio 1Xtra is the official media partner for Afro Nation Portugal.
  • Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Afro Nation.Editor’s Notes:
    Afro Nation Portugal
    2023 will take place between 28-30th June 2023 on Praia Da Rocha Beach, Portimao, The Algarve.
  • Tickets:
    All tickets are be available via: www.AfroNation.com
  • Download hi res photo highlights from Afro Nation Portugal 2022 here: 
  • Watch the Afro Nation Portugal 2022 Official Aftermovie:
  • Tickets for Afro Nation Portugal 2023 are available at: https://apo-opa.info/3Y5HJST

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