MTV Base, Idris Elba shine the spotlight on Africa’s next big stars

A new wave of music superstars taking over the musical scenes across the continent are set to join Hollywood megastar Idris Elba as he takes up hosting duties at the 2021 Africa Day virtual concert stage.

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Hollywood superstar Idris Elba poses for a picture.
Hollywood megastar Idris Elba will take up hosting duties at MTV Base's 2021 Africa Day virtual concert.

MTV Base and YouTube have joined forces to present the 2021 Africa Day Concert, which will be hosted by Golden Globe and SAG winner, Idris Elba on May 25.

The announcement comes just a year after the staging of the first ever Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home in 2020 which brought African and global superstars together to celebrate Africa Day and raise funds to support families affected by Covid-19.

A potpourri of artists will perform on multiple stages from Lagos to Johannesburg in an event that will be streamed to a global audience on YouTube at 7pm CAT / 6pm WAT and on MTV Base( DStv 322) at 9pm CAT / 8pm.

Africa is in the midst of a creative and cultural renaissance that has been accelerated by artists who are claiming a unique space in the world. 

Host Idris Elba commented: “I’m committed to shining a light on African culture, heritage and the arts. During a year when globally we have all had to reflect deeply on our purpose, I’ve taken inspiration from the continent with its diversity of voices, creativity and innovation. Here’s to Africa’s next global wave.”

The concert will shine a light on the leaps in innovation being made by Africans, those who are redefining the narrative of a continent and the exchange of music, creativity and cultural ideas that are taking the world by storm.

A full line-up made up of some of the most dynamic emerging artists from the diaspora who will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Africa Day is intended to mark the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU now the AU), which was created on May 25, 1963.

The day marks an opportunity to promote African unity, deeper regional integration and recommit Africa to a common destiny.


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