Nigerian stars to headline South African concert for continental unity

Nigeria’s biggest stars are set to jet into South Africa next month to perform at a new concert to promote African unity, alongside local and regional talent. Dubbed the ‘South Africa Meets Africa Concert’, it’s due to go down on 24 October at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg.

Burna Boy will be one of several Nigerian stars headlining the 'SA Meets Africa' concert.
Burna Boy will be one of several Nigerian stars headlining the 'SA Meets Africa' concert.

The concert will see a colossal line-up of Africa’s finest live acts descend on the city of gold for one unforgettable night of festivities. In celebrating unity amongst all African nations and in honour of Nigeria’s Independence Day taking place in October, the concert will allow 20 of the biggest headliners the continent has to offer to come together for the first annual ‘SMA’ concert.

South African fans will get a chance to see some of the biggest acts on the continent when the likes of Wizkid, Davido, Flavour, Burna Boy, Yemi Alade, Runtown, Darey and more visit Mzansi. Talented Mozambican diva Dama Do Bling is also on the bill, as is South African-based Naija rapper Emmy Gee.

These international stars will join top local talent in AKA, K.O, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Bucie, Uhuru, Anatii and rising stars Durban Nyts.

The concert will be hosted by Metro FM DJ T’bo Touch, who will be joined by Nigerian music industry pioneer and Beat FM host Olisa Odibua. Official DJs in the mix include DJ Spinall and Metro FM’s DJ Jawz.

The concert is being staged by The VAS Company (TVC) South Africa and Mcomm Solutions and Services Limited Nigeria, who unveiled their plans in Johannesburg this week. The VAS Company CEO, Chidi Okeke, said: “The South Africa Meets Africa Concert is all about unity - and what better way to unite its people’s than through music. Diversity will be the constant of the day promising to reinforce that music truly brings everyone together… With the collective acts we will be bringing together for this one of a kind inaugural showcase, we hope to gather the masses and the replicate this to take to all corners of the continent.”

Judging by the line-up the event is fast shaping up to be one of the highlights of the year  for fans of African music. Ticket prices range from R350 for general access to R3000 for VVIP and are due to go on sale soon at Computicket nationwide.

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