The Adinkra Group, an African Cultural Edutainment Resource and Consulting company based in Washington, DC, is set to host its annual Back2Africa Festival and Tour from the 5-8th March, 2020 to celebrate Black History Month in Accra and Koforidua. The festival now in the 3rd year, is held to bridge the gap between continental Africans and African diaspora audiences through artistic collaborative performances, discussions and African heritage tours. Highlights of Back2Africa include performances from artists travelling to Ghana for the first time: DJ Alizay (DC), DJ Bimshire (Barbados), Kweku Sumbry (DC) along with Ghanaian artists DJ Manni, DJ Mic Smith and No Bad Songs .
“We are proud to continue the Back2Africa Festival for its 3rd year in Ghana. Moving beyond the Year of Return, we are excited not only to continue to introduce more people to Ghana as we have for the past four years and contributing to Ghana with initiatives like The Year of Return but to deepen our ties with the people in a real and tangible way. We’re just getting started,” shares Diallo “Daheart” Sumbry, Founder of The Adinkra Group, a founding member of the Year of Return Steering Committee and Ghana’s first African American Tourism Ambassador.
The Back2Africa Festival will launch on the 5th of March with the Dancehall Thursday, a traditional Caribbean styled dancehall party at BBnZ Live. The pre-independence day celebration will feature DJs Alizay, Bimshire and DJ Manni on the turntables paying homage to reggae and dancehall legends.
Samples, Originals and Remixes, SOAR, a musical event for music lovers who will appreciate the evolution of the different genres of music including Hip Hop, R&B, Afrobeats with a surprise DJ will be held on the 6th of March to climax Ghana’s Independence Day celebrations.
The festival will continue on the 7th of March with the Roundtable Discussions featuring Ghanaian and African diasporan leading thought leaders to be held in 3 sessions with panelists focusing on various topics surrounding Pan Africanism and the African Diaspora.
Panel 1: Nkrumah’ish: Pan Africanism & Securing the Bag
Panelists include C.E.O. of Appiah Group Enterprises, Jennifer Appiah, Renowned Ghanaian Fashion Designer, Mimmy Yeboah, Director of Operations at Roots Travel, Maurice Cheetam, and Founder of WaxPrint Festival, Amma Aboagye.
Panel 2: The African Birthright: Uniting the African Diaspora for Africa
Panelists include Beauty Queen, Brihanna Kinte, Founder of SugarKoated, Yasmine Sangari, Entrepreneurs, Therese Akua Jones and Gibril Mansray.
Panel 3: Beyond the Return: What’s Next for Ghana and Africa
Panelists include Patrick Kumah, Musician and Social Activist, Laree Thomas, Founder of The Adinkra Group, Diallo Sumbry, and Cyril Nelson.
Roundtable Discussions will conclude with the Enjoyment Reception featuring a live performance from No Bad Songs and DJ Alizay, DJ Bimshire, DJ Manni and DJ Mic Smith on rotation.
The Back2Africa Festival and Tour will culminate on Sunday, 8th of March with Sunday Service, a charity cause, at Nyame Bekyre School in Akuapim. Volunteers will partner with residents of Akuapim traditional area to refurbish, renovate and paint the school. In 2019, Back2Africa collaborated with the International Partnership for Economic and Sustainable Development to kickstart the fundraiser to raise funds and break grounds for the establishment of a library and borehole in the community.
Since its inception in 2018, the Back2Africa Festival and Tour has reconnected hundreds of African Americans and African diasporans to the culture and traditions of Africa through its specially curated birthright journey and activities. Back2Africa is produced in support of WaxPrint Media, Ghana Tourism Authority, BBnZ Live, Black Band and African Ancestry.
Back2Africa Festival Schedule
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Dancehall Thursday featuring DJ Alizay ( DC), Dj Bimshire ( Barbados), DJ Manni ( Ghana/UK)
9 pm – 2 am
Friday, March 6, 2020
SOAR: Samples, Originals and Remixes
9 pm – 2 am
Saturday, March 7, 2019
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Enjoyment featuring No Bad Songs (performing live), DJ Alizay ( DC), Dj Bimshire ( Barbados)
9 pm – 2 am
Sunday, March 8, 2019
Sunday Service – Nyame Bekyre School Renovation
Koforidua – Transportation & Lunch Provided for all volunteers