Cardi B recently excited the hip-hop lovers of Africa when she confirmed her journey to the continent’s west coast on Thursday.
The Grammy award-winning rapper shared a video where she is seen on a plane swaying and twerking to her collaboration with Nigerian Afrobeats superstar Davido, the remix to his song “Fall.” In the caption, she commemorates her trip to the motherland continent.
“1:03am drop my KK in NY on my way to Afrriiiiicaaaaaaaaaa baybeeeee!!!!!!”
Cardi B will join the elite of the West African music scene to headline the first annual Livespot X Festival. The festival is set to take place in both Nigeria and Ghana for two days starting with Nigeria on Dec. 7 at Eko Atlantic City in Lagos. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper will join Nigerian megastars Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, and Olamide as a headliner alongside fellow accompanying Nigerian artists and is also set to host a meet and greet under the banner ‘Convos with Cardi’ at Eko Hotel.
The Ghana portion of the festival will take place on the following day, Dec. 8 in Accra at the Accra Sports Stadium where Cardi is set to perform accompanying Ghanaian musicians Sarkodie, Samini, Becca and more.
This year’s Livespot X music festival appears to be centered around Cardi B’s arrival to the African continent, specifically Nigeria and Ghana with the large volume of marketing surrounding the Bronx-born megastar’s appearance. The chief creative director of Livespot360, Dare Art Alade, expressed the theme of the event to The Guardian Nigeria saying, “We know how much love the fans have for Cardi B and this was one of the reasons we chose to give fans a special experience to see the queen of hip-hop live in Lagos. However, we also are aware of the massive appeal of some of our Nigerian music acts. This show will not be complete without these music stars, and this is why we are thrilled to announce these performing acts for the Livespot X Festival.”
While Cardi B is not the first rapper to collaborate with an African artist, as proven through Meek Mill and Davido’s “Fans Mi,” and Wale’s heavy collab featuring Don Jazzy, Olamide and Reekado Banks “Allelu,” her recent trip to Africa might provide the extra push for cross over potential that several African musician’s desire.