Africa Day was born on May 25, 1963. It is a celebration of the successes of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU now the AU) from its creation in the fight against colonialism in Africa. Different countries in Africa, as well as around the world celebrate the day annually. It is a public holiday in some countries. And this year, like all other holidays since the covid-19 pandemic will be celebrated online.
One of these online events is a concert hosted by actor and musician, Idris Elba. The concert titled ‘Africa Day Benefit Concert at Home’ is a partnership with music channel, MTV Base Africa, and YouTube.
The concert will feature performances from music acts like Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Sauti Sol (Kenya), Sho Madjozi (SA), and Burna Boy (Nigeria).
Alex Okosi, YouTube’s Managing Director of Emerging Markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa says the concert wants to use African music to connect the world.”YouTube is proud to be a platform for the amazing talent that have come to celebrate Africa Day and play a role in helping raise funds for those affected by Covid-19 on the continent,” he said in a statement.
The concert will stream on the MTV Base Africa YouTube channel and air today.