WAMAFEST Kicks Off in Accra, Celebrating West African Music and Culture

by Louisa Afful
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The West Africa Music and Arts Festival (WAMAFEST) launched in Accra, Ghana, uniting music industry professionals from across the region. The festival celebrates West Africa’s rich cultural heritage and global influence, culminating in a grand concert at the University of Ghana on June 22.

Hosting WAMAFEST for the first time, Ghana adds this event to its lineup of international arts festivals, including Chale Wote, AfroFuture, and the Black Star Line Festival.

Ghana Tourism Authority CEO, Akwasi Agyeman, highlighted the importance of regional collaboration to preserve and promote cultural heritage. Prof Jasmine Young of Howard University emphasized the festival’s significance for future generations.

A Juneteenth Parade will also take place, celebrating freedom and boosting tourism and economic development.

The festival is part of the “Beyond the Return” campaign, following the “Year of Return” in 2019, which commemorated the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans in the USA.

Notable attendees included Ghana’s Minister for Tourism, Arts, and Culture Andrew Agyapa Mercer, Second Lady Samira Bawumia, and various West African representatives. Music executives and artists like Efya, Reggie Rockstone, and Trigmatic also attended.

WAMAFEST promises a vibrant blend of cultural pride and unity, resonating far beyond West Africa.

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