African musicians including Black Coffee (South Africa), Sampa the Great (Zambia/Australia), AMÉMÉ (Benin/US) and Dave (UK/Ghana) have been confirmed to perform at Coachella this year following the festival’s two-year hiatus.
The headliners for Coachella 2020 included Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott. Ocean will now headline Coachella 2023, while Scott’s status as a headliner is being questioned following the Astroworld tragedy, which led to the death of 10 festivalgoers at his concert last year.
The African stars will be joined by big names such as Kanye West (YE), Billie Eilish, Harry Styles and Swedish House Mafia, who will headline the festival at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The line-up also includes global stars Megan Thee Stallion, Ari Lennox, Big Sean, Lil Baby, 21 Savage, Doja Cat, Run the Jewels, Danny Elfman, Vince Staples, Baby Keem, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Arooj Aftab, Orville Peck, Fatboy Slim and Duck Sause, among many others [full line-up below].
African artists continue to take up space at Coachella and we’re certainly here for it. Mr Eazi and Burna Boy carried the torch for Afrobeats artists with their performances last year after fans were disappointed by Wizkid’s no-show at the 2018 edition of the music festival.
This year, DJ Black Coffee, Princess Nokia, Koffee, Sampa the Great, Seun Kuti, Aya Nakamura, Masego and Koffee are all set to hit the massive stage.
DJ Black Coffee has become a staple at major music events. Not only was the house/dance maverick a part of last year’s Coachella, he’s also set to headline ULTRA South Africa 2020 for the first time ever this year.
Afro-Nuyorican MC Princess Nokia returns to Coachella again this year alongside French-Malian pop singer Aya Nakamura, Australian-Zambian singer-songwriter and rapper, Sampa the Great as well as British-Nigerian rapper Dave.
Nearly a decade later, Afrobeats prodigy Seun Kuti will return to Coachella accompanied by his band, Egypt 80. Masego, who recently headlined Afropunk Johannesburg alongside Miguel and Solange, will also perform at Coachella with fellow Jamaican artist Koffee.
While set details and times are still to be released, you can view the complete line-up and purchase tickets here.
Below is the full Coachella 2022 line-up in alphabetical order:
Amyl and the Sniffers
Carly Rae Jepsen
88rising’s HEAD IN THE CLOUDS FOREVER
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
girl in red
Giselle Woo & The Night Owls
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Louis The Child
Mariah the Scientist
Megan Thee Stallion
Purple Disco Machine
Run The Jewels
Sampa The Great
Swedish House Mafia
The Blessed Madonna + Honey Dijon
The Martinez Brothers