Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa’s Inaugural Black Star Line Festival Draws More than 50,000 Fans

The Festival was a huge success.

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Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa’s inaugural Black Star Line Festival drew 52,000 fans to the African five-day event in Accra, Ghana.

The historic moment included Erykah Bady, Dave Chappelle, T-Pain, and more.

Former Miss America Vanessa Williams was spotted at the event. Williams posted on Instagram, “Caught and insightful and hilarious invited conversation with the incredibly talented @chancetherapper and @davechappelle to kick off the #blackstarlinefestival on our last day in Accra 🇬🇭 #ghana will always be in my blood. Can’t wait to return”

The jam-packed event included panels at cultural centers throughout Accra and culminated in a major concert that combined music, art, and culture.

On Friday (January 6), 52,000 fans gathered at the monumental musical show, which took place in the historic Black Star Square.

“I had a dream about connecting the African people of the globe, to unify us as one people,” Mensa told the crowd, as reported by the BBC.

“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.”

According to the press release, “The historic Black Star Square is a monument to the political freedom that was fought for and won by Ghanaians in 1957, Ghana was the first Sub-Saharan African country to free itself from colonialism, under the leadership of its first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah –– many nations on the continent soon followed.”

“Dr. Nkrumah was inspired by Jamaican-Born revolutionary Marcus Garvey, who believed in a free Africa and a global connection between the people of the continent and Black people globally,” the release continued. “When Dr. Nkrumah developed Ghana’s flag and principles, he insisted that these principles were key to the forward mobility of its people.”

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