Fadumo Khamis

By Fadumo Khamis

Fadumo Khamis

9 Aug 2019

Year one of Afro Nation Portugal saw thousands in attendance celebrating at the world’s biggest urban beach festival… and of course we were there to witness it all!

Afro Nation stage
The sun sets on Afro Nation

Headlined by performances from Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, and surprise guest J Hus, Afro Nation saw fans flocking to Portimao’s sands for an unforgettable 4 days. Throughout those days there was undeniable community atmosphere and uniting energy as well as family spirit. This, paired with the huge display of history making performances (which even saw Wizkid trending in Portugal), cemented the festival as a necessary, culturally significant event.

Wizkid performs at Afro Nation
Wizkid performing at Afro Nation with hosts.
WizKid trends in Portugal during Afro Nation

As well as performances from the afro beats royalty, an array of UK artists also performed with sets from, Ms Dynamite, Stefflon Don, Octavian, Mostack, Ms Banks and The Compozers.

Afro Nation VIP
Afro Nation’s VIP area

As well as performances on the main stage, the festival also boasted beach parties hosted by Steel Banglez, BET andMTV’s Yo! Raps. Additionally, not only did the party take place on Portugal’s pristine beaches, Afro Nation held boat parties for those lucky enough to secure tickets in time.

Breathtaking Portuguese sunsets were the backdrops of the innumerable photos socials media users posted during and throughout the festival. All the photos contain beaming festival go-ers singing the praise of the festival that brought the essence of afro beats to those who appreciate it the most.

Festival goers at Afro Nation Portugal

Despite doubters and naysayers who attempted to suggest the festival was to be a replica of the infamous ‘Fyre Fest’, the festival showed out as a cultural milestone becoming the first celebration of its nature and scale. As one tweeter put it’s best:


Looking for your next fix of Afro Nation? Look no further…

Those unable to attend in Portugal this time round, or who simply want to experience the festival again can look forward to Afro Nation in Ghana.

In fact, why not sign up to Afro Nation Portugal 2020 whilst you’re at it?