Climaxing events for the “Year of Return” initiative, Global Afrobeat Superstar & Ghanaian-English recording artiste, Nana Richard Abiona, better known by his stage name Fuse ODG and his This Is New Africa (TINA) team has launched and highlighted the series of events, programs that will feature some of Africa’s leading artists, musicians and thought leaders at the 2020 edition of TINA Festival.
The event which was hosted at Sai Wine Shop, Labone and scheduled for January 1-3, 2019, will present the inaugural, “This is New Africa (TINA) Festival”, a series of events to promote Afrobeats music and culture and the African continent and Ghana as a catalyst for tourism and investment. The press launch garnered the presence of a legion of media personalities and The Director of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President, Mr Akwesi Awua-Ababio.
The festival will kick off on the 1st of January with the Nation Building Day, an event to encourage the diaspora community to give back to society. On this day, volunteers will visit the Akosombo School, a school co-founded by This is New Africa and Wood World Mission Charity to interact with pupils and clean and paint the school. The New Africa Nation Conference will be held on 2nd January at the Accra International Conference Center with a series of discussions and talks led by top thought leaders from the African continent.
TINA Festival will climax on the 3rd of January with an all-day music concert, marketplace and Kente/African print fashion competition held at the Round Pavilion of the Trade Fair Center featuring DJs and live performances from award-winning artists, Fuse ODG, Sarkodie, SteffLondon, Joey B, Lethal Bizzle and more.
Speaking at the press launch, Fuse ODG revealed that, TINA Fest will be the place where people come to experience genuine Afrobeats culture and lifestyle that comes with the music as well as serve as a platform for them to come back home, experience the rich Ghanaian culture and share their own stories, adding that, envision TINA Festival becoming the global home for the African sound of Afrobeat like the Glastonbury Festival is the home to Rock music.
The TINA Festival is being produced in collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and is the first event scheduled for the Year of Return, a year-long calendar of activities inviting the global African family to a birth-right journey home to Ghana.