Following a legendary sold-out edition of Afro Nation Portugal this summer, the success story continues as Afro Nation hits the Caribbean for its Puerto Rico debut in 2020. Taking place across March 18th-21st on the multi-award winning beach of Balneario de Carolina, the festival reveals the first wave of talent across the 4-days which include headliners Beenie Man, Burna Boy, Chronixx and Davido.
The Grammy-award winning Jamaican legend and self-confessed “King of the Dancehall” Beenie Man will be joined by “African Giant” Burna Boy, whose breakthrough year has seen his popularity skyrocket, with the release of his debut album and his unforgettable performance at the sold out Wembley Arena last weekend, bringing Africa to a global stage.
Also set to perform is Reggae’s golden boy, Chronixx. At just 27 he’s been hailed as the leader of Jamaica’s roots revival moment and played an important part in the evolution of Jamaican music, whilst Afro-fusion superstar Davido has had undeniable global appeal since he burst onto the scene with “Fall” and “If” in 2017 and has since worked with the likes of Young Thug and Chris Brown, paving the way for Afrobeats outside of Africa as its influence grows stateside.
The first festival of its kind, founded on good vibes and #BlackExcellence, Afro Nation Puerto Rico will welcome Nigerian-American Rotimi and genre-blending Nigerian star Patoranking. ‘Afrowave’ Londonder Afro B will make his return to Afro Nation along with Ghana’s biggest dancehall artiste Stonebwoy and his “Ololo” collaborator, Teni AKA Teni The Entertainer.
Also performing is Jamaican artist Kranium, and rounding off the first wave of live acts is Africa’s cultural icon 2Baba, London-based music collective The Compozers, and one of the “First Ladies of Soca”, Patrice Roberts.
Across the 4-days, festival-goers will be able to call Balneario de Carolina (AKA Carolina Beach) home. With its spectacular white sand and beautifully clear, warm water, it’s no wonder it has won the Blue Flag Award for cleanliness and water quality for a number of consecutive years. Located near the Isla Verde, the palm tree-lined beach is one of the finest and favoured in San Juan by locals and visitors alike, with attractions such as watersports, volleyball plus a water park close by for thrill-seekers looking for fun outside of the music performances.
With even more line-ups yet to be revealed, the debut edition in Puerto Rico is set to be another legendary fixture in the annual Afro Nation worldwide calendar. Peep the lineup and trailer below, and cop tickets now while you can here.