Afro Nation Makes $100,000 Donation to Motown Museum

The festival received two awards from the city for donated tickets, too.
Photograph by Shaun Llewellyn, courtesy of Afro Nation

Afro Nation, the largest Afrobeats festival in the world, came to the Motor City for the first time ever over the weekend, bringing thousands to Bedrock’s Douglass site for two days of performances by some of the biggest artists in the genre around the world.

Performances during the local event, which was the second Afro Nation festival to ever be held in the U.S., included Burna Boy, Ari Lennox, Latto, and Davido who played alongside Detroit’s own Dej Loaf. There was also cultural eats, art, and so much more.

But the music, food and art isn’t all that this global event brought to Detroit.

On the Monday after the event, Afro Nation hosted an Afterglow for its staff at the Motown Museum, during which event organizers announced that the festival would give $100,000 to support the museum and its work preserving the city’s musical history.

Natasha Manly, the CEO of Event Horizon, the company that produces Afro Nation, says that organizers of the event are “very proud to be making a charitable donation of $100,000 dollars to the Motown Museum, an institution that stands as a pillar of culture in the city of Detroit and the world.”

In addition to this donation, Afro Nation also donated more than 3,000 festival tickets to area first responders and nonprofits.

For their generosity, the mayor’s office and the City of Detroit presented Afro Nation with a Certificate of Recognition as well as a Spirit of Detroit award, which honors a person, event, or organization for an “outstanding achievement or service to the citizens of Detroit.”

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