Black Music Festivals 2021

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2021 music festivals

Afropunk Atlanta Festival
September 2021
The Afropunk Festival (commonly referred to as Afropunk or Afropunk Fest) is an annual arts festival that includes live music, film, fashion, and art produced by black artists. AFROPUNK Atlanta is an evolving, open cultural space and it will feature extraordinary music, art, film, conversations, food and the honest expression of youthful Black concerns by the leading voices. An inspiring cornucopia of culture, offers sights, sounds, and perspectives. AFROPUNK Joburg will bring together the vibrancy of a limited audience with the hyper connectivity of a larger digital family to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a huge global spectacular – December 2021 Johannesburg South Africa.

Essence Festival of Culture a Virtual Experience for 2021
New Orleans June 25-27 & July 2-4, 2021
For the past 25 years Essence without a doubt is one of the top black music festivals.  Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Miguel And More Headlined the 2018 Essence Festival. Loni Love, Missy Elliott, Mary J Blige, H.E.R. & RBRM were just some of the performers in 2019. In 2021 the Essence Festival of Culture will be strictly virtual. It will be streaming on Streaming on Essencestudios.com

ONE MUSIC FEST
Atlanta, GA
April 17th, 2021
ONE Music Fest is the Southeast’s largest annual urban progressive music festival featuring a diverse range of music that includes everything from classic and next generation hip-hop, and soulful R&B, to alternative and rock.  Now in it’s 8th year, ONE Music Fest pulls together the best in progressive music for an eclectic mix of talent that expands the boundaries of the urban genre. Past performers include SZA, The Roots and Janelle Monae.

Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival: Music Fest 2021
Tampa Bay, FL Saturday May 8th and Sunday May 9th, 2021
This two-day celebration includes live entertainment, exciting cultural events, food vendors, craft vendors, a music fest with national recording artists and more. Tampa Bay’s annual family-friendly festival commemorates the many contributions and influences African Americans have made in our society. MUSICAL LINEUP: Saturday, May 8 ❖ Joyce Irby & Klymaxx ❖ Guitar G Force Sunday, May 9 ❖ Jonathan McReynolds ❖ Sheila E. Prefer to enjoy this year’s Music Fest – VIRTUALLY click to purchase a virtual pass

Miami Haitian Compas Festival
Mana Wynwood, Miami
May 14-16, 2021
In honor of May 18th 1803, creation of the Haitian blue and red flag, the Haitian Compas Festival in Miami was born. It has been ranked among the Best in Live Music Entertainment events by Billboard Magazine. The festival highlights different genres of Haitian music including Hip Hop, Konpa Direk, Nouvel Generasyon, Kreyol and more.  Attended annually by over 25,000 people.  Past performers include Harmonik, Tabou, AJAKOUT, Nu Look, Kai, Klass, ADA, DJ FMA, Gabel, T-VICE and more. HCF presents a Flag Day 3 day weekend event series in South Florida May 14th – 16th, 2021. Events on Friday and Sunday night at the Hollywood Live Restaurant & Lounge in Hollywood Florida and Saturday night events at Revolution Live in Ft Lauderdale.

Afro Nation Festival
July 1-3rd, 2021 Praia da Rocha, Portugal
The world’s biggest Afrobeats festival. Afro Nation is a Portuguese Afrobeats, hip-hop, dancehall, bashment and R&B festival held each summer on the beautiful Praia da Rocha beach, just south of Portimão. After having to postpone 2020’s edition to July 2021, Afro Nation is raring to go again as it returns to the sunny shores of Portugal for another weekend in the company of some of urban music’s biggest artists. Afro Nation’s esteemed 2021 lineup will feature sets from the likes of Chris Brown, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Skepta, Davido, Beenie Man, Popcaan and many more.

Reggae SumFest 2021
Montego Bay, Jamaica
July 18th – 24th, 2021
Sumfest has earned a reputation as the Caribbean’s premier music festival, showcasing Jamaica’s indigenous music, as well as other popular global genres of music. A week of events held in Montego Bay, Jamaica during the 3rd week in July every year. It features the best in reggae and dancehall music over 2 main festival nights and 5 lead up events.  Its organizers intended for Reggae Sumfest to be a testament to Jamaica’s indelible impact on music in international genres like R&B, hip-hop, soka, and reggaeton. Today, the event has no problem attracting elite performers and tens of thousands of attendees and from all over the world. Past performers include Beyonce, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, Akon, Alkaline, Mavado, Tory Lanez, TJ, Sizzla, Mystery Star and Deep Jahi.

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Pure Grenada Music Festival
St. George, Grenada
June 2021
Grenada is unique, and the Pure Grenada Music Festival will offer a unique experience due to its picturesque location at Port Louis Marina on the lawn, overlooking the picturesque Carenage, Grenada’s natural habor, welcoming people, going green focus while offering a variety of musical genres of excellent standard. Although you will see some Grammy winners performing, the focus is give exposure to local new artists.

Dream Weekend: Jamaica’s Premier Independence Music Festival
Negril, Jamaica Aug 5th – 9th, 2021
Dream Weekend is Jamaica’s #1 and most anticipated music festival held on the white sand beaches of Negril, Jamaica. Enjoy 5 days of parties with high energy with popular high-energy genres of music, performances from local and international artistes, inclusive or liquor and food.  Appleton Rum is the main sponsor and the parties for Dream Weekend include Yush, Twisted Spiritz, Igloo, Daydreams, Dream Live and other events.

Breakaway Music Festival
Columbus, Ohio
September 3rd & 4th, 2021
The Breakaway Music Festival highlights EDM, indie, pop and hip-hop music. The Breakaway Music Festival kicks-off in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Belknap Park on August 27-28 and then makes stops in Columbus, Ohio September 3-4 at the Historic Crew Stadium, and Charlotte, North Carolina October 1-2 at the zMAX Dragway located at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Past Artists include Travis Scott, Khalid, Kendrick Lamar, Future, Wiz Kalifa and more.

Made in America
Ben Franklin Parkway in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
Labor Day Weekend 2021
Created & curated by Jay-Z and sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, this annual music festival is a massive musical celebration.Rihanna, ColleGrove, Chance the Rapper, FKA twigs, DJ Khaled, Travi$ Scott, Coldplay and several other acts will perform this year.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
October 8-17, 2021
This will be the 52nd year for this festival.  Performers and guests alike come from all over the world to be a part of this great event. Jazz and Dixieland are the focal points, but many different kinds of music are performed. At the Jazz Fest site, there are about 10 stages and show areas and the included admission ticket allows the guest to roam between each venue at their own pace on an open-seating basis. The New Orleans Fairgrounds site is a short distance from the French Quarter.  Past performers included Aretha Franklin, Lionel Richie, Anita Baker, LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Khalid, Smokey Robinson,  Sting and Aerosmith.  The musical lineup is usually announced and tickets go on sale near the first of the year.

Afrochella
End of December – January 2022 Accra, Ghana
Afrochellais a festival designed to highlight & elevate thrilling and thriving millennial talent from and within Africa. Thousands of people came to the country in celebration of Afrochella 2019. The festival is an interactive event that encourages collaboration, explains and explores culture with a pioneering approach. The festival introduces an interactive event that encourages collaboration, explains and explores the culture with a pioneering approach

Houston Black Heritage Music & Arts Festival
Downtown Houston
Several Virtual Events for 2021
The annual Houston Black Heritage Festival is a Texas-sized African-American cultural celebration that takes place in the heart of Downtown.Grammy award winner Monica will perform as well as Blushhh Music, Brian Jack, Endurance, DeeSmuve and H.I.S.D. The event also emphasizes empowerment and features highly-regarded speakers and discussions on topics like education, health, wellness and economic literacy.

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