Yesterday, Vox Africa hosted a press conference for the second edition of one of the world’s biggest festival for African music, Africa Unplugged, which is set to take place on the 14th September at the 02 Brixton Academy, and on the 21st September at the RITZ in Manchester.
The confirmed headline acts are the leading lady in Afrobeats Tima Savage, Afrobeats singer Davido, who was recently nominated for 5 categories in the upcoming Channel O Africa Music Video Awards, and Diamond Platnumz, one of East Africa’s best. Also featured on the panel was the event organiser Toba, representative of Savo the Congo charity and T-Money.
Other guest who are expected to perform on Africa Unplugged include D3 Dancers CEO Dancers, Afrika and Project G. When asked what the vision of Africa unplugged was, Toba placed focus on the aim of making Africa Unplugged the biggest African music festival in the world, comparing it even to Glastonbury, hinting that there would be surprises for the night, including dance and comedy.
Many of the questions asked were about the expectation of the show and the impact the acts would have on African music as a whole. Tima Savage talked about how it would unite Africa and attract positivity to the continent despite the negative attention it had been receiving recently.
The first Africa Unplugged festival in 2012, hosted at Wembley Arena was a huge success, with acts such as Iyanya, Sarkodie, Femi Kuti and 2face Idibia. Despite the success and the positive reviews accumulated, there was no Africa Unplugged for 2013.
You can see the full press conference here: http://www.voxafrica.co.uk/vod/videos/?v=0_myzjgrwu