Fuse ODG has always had a strong connection to the continent and has long been promoting it in his music to a worldwide audience from his U.K base.
Starting from next year, the singer most credited with popularizing ‘azonto’ to the world is introducing a new initiative to promote Afrobeats music and also its accompanying afrocentric lifestyle.
The TINA (This is New Africa) Festival is an initiative from Fuse and his team, with the first ever edition coming off at the Trade Fair Centre on January 4th.
The aim of the festival, according to the singer, is to become the global home for the delightful African sound of Afrobeat. Like the Glastoubury Festival, the aim of the TINA festival is to become the go-to festival annually to become immersed in a genre of music, in this case Afrobeat.
The festival would consist of an all day party starting from 2pm, punctuated with a market and fair activities and the concert itself in the evening. Billed acts include Afrobeats pioneer Fuse ODG, Ghana’s rap king Sarkodie, UK rapper Stefflon Don, Joey B, Lethal Bizzle plus more acts yet to be announced.
Over the years Fuse has proven himself as the leading proponent of Afrobeat music and standing up for the African identity worldwide. Through his TINA movement he has promoted the African way more than any other superstar and with his UK background has a way into the global market other Ghanaian artists cannot match. Fuse has become famous not only for his music and helping the rise of Afrobeats world-wide, but also for his tireless commitment to re-educate how Africa is perceived in the world.
Fuse’s efforts to spread this message have allowed him to connect with a variety of artists worldwide which have led to him earning the first Grammy Award by a Ghanaian last year. He has invited global superstars such as Ed Sheeran to stay with him in Accra, and gain an experience of Ghana aimed at changing global perceptions It is in that same vision that has led to the creation of the TINA Festival.
In re-uniting the Global African Diaspora, the Tina Festival will be part of wider series of events over three days held at Ghana’s most iconic venues…
TINA FESTIVAL ITINERARY
2nd January 2019 – National Builders Day
In 2007, This Is New Africa (TINA) and Wood World Mission Charity started a school in Akusombo with just a handful of students. What began as an Orphanage is now a thriving school with over 200 students being supported by the organisation. National Builders day is to encourage the diaspora community to give back to society. There will be a call for Volunteers to come and help the school. Volunteers will be at Akosombo School to paint the school and interact with the pupils and inspiring them. An exciting boat ride and tour of the beautiful Akosombo landscape fused with party in the bus and lots of networking will be part of the day for all.
3rd January 2019 – Global Diaspora Conference and Exhibition
(Conference Centre, Accra)
The Global Diaspora conference will be looking at discussions and talks from top thought leaders from the continent on how to take Africa beyond aid and how to mobilize the sleeping giant of the Diaspora.
H.E. Prez. Nana Akuffo Addo
Samia Nkrumah – Political activist
Reggie Yates – BBC TV broadcaster
Ama K Abebrese – Actress
Chaka Bars – I Heart Africa
Fuse ODG – Artist
4th January 2019 – TINA Music Festival
(Fantasy Dome, Trade Fair, Accra)
plus more to TBA soon.
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