Afro Nation: A Movement Short Film

New Mini-Documentary Film, “A Movement”: Explores the Impact of Afrobeats & the Movement Surrounding the Afro Nation Festival

A new mini-documentary film, “A Movement,” featuring unreleased performance clips and exclusive interviews, has been released. The film is a captivating exploration of the profound impact of Afrobeats, Amapiano, and the global movement surrounding the Afro Nation Festival.

Shot during Afro Nation Portugal 2023, the film delves into the heart of the global phenomena and answers the questions of what Afrobeats means to the people and why Afrobeats has made such an indelible mark on music, fashion, and culture.

Stunning unseen performance clips tell the story of a festival giving birth to a global movement and unifying the diaspora in celebration and enjoyment. These momentous sets from the likes of Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, Asake, Ayra Starr, Tyla, and many more have paved the way for Afrobeats and Amapiano to dominate on the world’s biggest stages. As told by Ghanaian highlife, reggae, and hip-hop artist Black Sherif and award-winning, platinum-selling band The Compozers, Camidoh, and more, the exploration of Afrobeats goes beyond mere melodies; it delves into the heart of a global phenomenon that has transcended borders.

Afro Nation Portugal

Camidoh said: “This is the greatest potential, Afro Nation is the greatest potential of the world right now.” Through the infectious rhythms and themes of love and positivity, Afrobeats has become a unifying force, fostering a sense of unity and inclusivity among listeners from all backgrounds.

The film also plots the more recent explosion of Amapiano, the African dance music genre bursting out of SA. With its distinctive blend of house music and local South African sounds, Amapiano has held a firm grip over dance floors globally, becoming a symbol of innovation and cultural resurgence. Speaking about the growth of Amapiano around the world and the infectious vibes of the groove, are the Grammy-nominated Musa Keys, “Dancing Queen” Kamo Mphela, and energetic Amapiano riser Skyla Tylaa. The artists give their first-hand account of what the Amapiano movement is and why it’s come to be loved by many all around the world, surrounded by scenes from the popular Piano People stage on the beach in Portugal.

Afro Nation Portugal

Afro Nation Portugal

‘A Movement’ also features interviews with Afrobeats historian Adesope “Shopsydoo” Olajide, comedian and host of the Official UK Afrobeats Chart Show BBC 1Xtra Eddie Kadi, Afro Nation co-founder SMADE and more. Shopsydoo said, “Afro Nation crosses boundaries, builds bridges, and creates a completely different unity.” Adding to that sentiment, Eddie Kadi said, “The heart of it really is the African experience.”

Shining a spotlight on Afro Nation’s mission and its profound impact on Portugal and the world at large, the documentary vividly portrays Afro Nation’s commitment to creating an inclusive space where African music and culture can thrive. As the film unfolds, it becomes evident that Afro Nation is more than just a festival—it’s a movement that supports and uplifts countless communities and individuals.

About Afro Nation 2024

Afro Nation organizers finish on a note of appreciation to anyone lifting African music and culture worldwide: “We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who plays a part, from our fans and community traveling from around the world, and our phenomenal artists gracing the stage, to the dedicated teams working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the safety, comfort, and enjoyment for all. Thank you for being part of this incredible journey. Together we move.”

Afro Nation Portugal returns to the beach Portimao on The Algarve for the highly anticipated fourth edition between the 26th and 28th of June 2024. This year’s lineup includes Nicki Minaj, Rema, Asake, J Hus, Tyla, Fally Ipupa, Omah Lay, and more on the main stage, plus Major League DJz, Uncle Waffles, Musa Keys, DBN Gogo, Focalistic, Vigro Deep and more on the Piano People stage. Tickets are on sale now via

About Afro Nation

Afro Nation Portugal Festival

Afro Nation is the world’s largest celebration of African music and culture. Since launching in 2019, Afro Nation has played a part in global stars like Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Davido reaching headline status on major mainstream festival line-ups. Afro Nation transcends borders, uniting the diaspora in a global celebration of dance, food, fashion, music, and enjoyment.

More than just a festival, Afro Nation’s influence reaches far and wide, with successful editions launched not only in Europe, but also in America, the Caribbean, and Africa, with more expansions on the horizon. The formation of the Official UK Afrobeats Chart with the OCC and BBC 1Xtra in 2020 and the Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs Chart in 2022 are further evidence of the team’s dedication to supporting African talent on a global stage.

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