When we discuss bridging the gap between Black America and Africa, music is one way of doing so. Afrobeats has infiltrated the airwaves globally for some time and music collaborations between Black American and African artists have aided in the widespread appreciation and interest in the vibrant genre, specifically in the United States. With Covid-19 restrictions being lifted, ‘we outside’ and Nigerian artists are making their way to the United States, some of which are first-time visits. Get your funds in order, we have shows to attend!
AfroRave pioneer, Rema was the first to announce his US tour in May. The ‘Rema US Club Tour’ spanned over the course of two weeks, kicking off in New Jersey and wrapped up in Philadelphia. Rema released his debut album, Rema Compilation in 2020 and performed various tracks from the album. Shortly after the completion of his tour, Rema released a single titled “Soundgasm” and tweeted the name of his upcoming album, Rave & Roses—no release date yet. Rema and his label, Mavin Records received criticism by some fans who expressed that it was too soon for Rema to tour in the US. Rema does not allow the limiting beliefs of others—fan or not—to throw him off course and has proven that his influence is game-changing.
Grammy award-winning StarBoy, Wizkid released his fourth studio album, Made In Lagos featuring the likes of H.E.R., Burna Boy, Ella Mai, Damian Marley, and more. With powerhouse collaborations from across the African Diaspora, Made In Lagos connected Nigeria to the world. Wizkid’s ‘Made In Lagos’ North American Tour will run from September to January, beginning in Boston and ending in Montreal.
‘Made In Lagos’ Tour Dates
September 10 – Orpheum Theatre @ Boston, MA
September 11 – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn @ Brooklyn, NY
September 13 – The Fillmore Silver Spring @ Silver Spring, MD
September 17 – House of Blues @ Cleveland, OH
September 18 – The Riviera Theatre @ Chicago, IL
September 19 – The Fillmore @ Minneapolis, MN
September 22 – Summit Music Hall @ Denver, CO
September 24 – Chop Vegas* @ Las Vegas, NV
September 25 – The Wiltern @ Los Angeles, CA
September 28 – Neptune @ Seattle, WA
October 2 – TBA* @ Sacramento, CA
October 9 – Southside Ballroom @ Dallas, TX
October 10 – Bayou Music Center @ Houston, TX
October 12 – Tabernacle @ Atlanta, GA
October 16 – The Oasis @ Miami, FL
January 21 – HISTORY @ Toronto, ON
January 22 – MTelus @ Montreal, QC
Omah Lay has had a successful breakout year with the release of two EPs in 2020–Get Layd and What Have We Done. His most popular song on Spotify, “Damn” features American singer/rapper, 6lack. Omah Lay announced ‘The Purple Tour’ with dates set for September. New York will be his first stop and the tour will wrap up in San Francisco. Omah Lay tweeted that he will be releasing new music on Friday.
‘The Purple Tour’ Tour Dates
September 2 – Gramercy Theatre @ New York, NY
September 3 – The Fillmore @ Silver Spring, MD
September 4 – Hollywood Live @ Hollywood, FL
September 6 – House Of Blues @ Houston, TX
September 7 – Aisel 5 @ Atlanta, GA
September 9 – Hi-Fi @ Dallas, TX
September 10 – Regent Theater @ Los Angeles, CA
September 11 – August Hall @ San Francisco, CA