Afro Nation Detroit Releases Star-Studded 2024 Lineup

After making its debut in 2023, the Afro Nation music festival is returning to Detroit this August.
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The festival takes place Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 // Photograph courtesy Afro Nation Detroit

Afro Nation, an international music festival that made its Detroit debut last year, has announced its lineup of performers this summer.

Afrobeats icon Rema will take the stage as this year’s Afro Nation Detroit headline performer this summer at Bedrock’s Douglass Site, along with Canadian R&B hitmaker PartyNextDoor. Detroit rapper Kash Doll is also on the lineup, which includes more than 20 Afrobeats, Amapiano, R&B, and hip-hop artists who will perform across two stages. Adekunle Gold, Ayra Starr, Amaarae, Ruger, Musa Keys, among others are set to perform at this year’s festival.

Tickets for the two-day event, taking place Aug. 17-18, will go on sale April 3 at 9 a.m. General weekend admission tickets start at $199 and VIP weekend admission tickets start at $299.

Last year, the music festival drew tens of thousands of attendees to Bedrock’s Douglass Site, which once housed the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects, the former home of legends like Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson.

“Bringing Afro Nation back to Detroit, the home of Motown and Techno music, was an easy decision,” said Smade, co-founder of Afro Nation, in a press release. “Detroit embodies culture, creativity, and pride. The energy here is electric, echoing the heartbeat of Afro Nation’s spirit. In Detroit, we found a community that welcomed us with open arms, sharing our passion for unity and celebration, giving us a home away from home. Afro Nation Detroit 2024 will be even bigger than last year, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you.”

Since launching in 2019, Afro Nation has become the world’s largest Afrobeats festival with a variety of entertainment each year and a fast-growing global cultural influence. The festival has made waves with events in Portugal, Puerto Rico, Ghana, and most recently, Detroit. Last year, the festival organizers made headlines for donating $100,000 to Detroit’s Motown Museum.

To purchase tickets and find more information about Afro Nation, visit detroit.afronation.com, and for more community events, visit hourdetroit.com.