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By Carlena Knight
There is no denying that the Afrobeat music genre and African culture has taken the world by storm and in Antigua and Barbuda it is no different.
For the first time ever, the twin island nation will host international Afrobeat star BNXN (pronounced Benson) also known as Buju, a Nigerian Afro-fusion singer.
Buju, who is well known for his roles in global hits like “Ah Finesse” and “Big Mood”, will kick off his North American tour in Antigua and Barbuda where he is set to perform at the first ever afro beats festival in the twin island nation. dubbed ‘Yoruba’ scheduled for October 29.
He is only the second Afrobeat star to visit the Caribbean as Burna Boy is set to perform in Dominica later this month.
Buju was the first Nigerian to have five number one songs in the country’s charts for 2021-2022.
“It’s important to have someone like him in the lineup. I expect this event to attract international attention and really put Antigua on the map. We already have people expected from Canada, New York and Miami just in time for Independence Day celebrations,” said event promoter Jonathan Barnes.
The event will also feature international and local DJs like DJ Boat from Ghana, Selecta Jigga from New York, DJ Elementz, DJ Tenny, DJ Woodenfoot, as well as local Afro-centric artists like Naycha Kid and Khan Cordice.
The event, which will be hosted by Kez the Entertainer and Ibis the Livest, will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 1 a.m.; admission is $100 and VIP is $300.
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