Chance the Rapper & Vic Mensa Celebrate Successful Debut Of Ghana’s Black Star Line Festival

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The inaugural Black Star Line Festival taking place in Accra, Ghana closed out its first weekend with immense success featuring performances from Erykah Badu, Dave Chappelle, T-Pain and more. Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa brought the festival to Ghana to honor Black music and culture and bring together the Diaspora community.

Taking place in Black Star Square, a monument honoring the political freedoms Ghanaians fought for and won in 1957, the festival celebrates the long road to freedom. Recognizing that Ghana is an underserved market in the music industry, Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa worked to bring talented and popular acts to the country. 52,000 fans were in attendance at the event.

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“The Black Star Line Festival is more than just a celebration of Black culture and music, it’s a chance for the Diaspora to come together as a community and remind ourselves of the power that lies within us,” Chance the Rapper 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.”

Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa aim to continue bringing the festival to Ghana and expanding the country’s market. The festival’s name comes from civil rights leader Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Line, which linked America, the Caribbean and Africa to global shipping and tourism opportunities in 1919.

Chance the Rapper will be releasing his upcoming project, Star Line Gallery, later this year.