Rema: Afrobeats Star Headlines Hey Neighbour Festival With Kendrick Lamar

BY JO Mensah October 12, 2023 8:34 PM EDT
Rema Photo source: Instagram/@heisrema

Nigerian Afrobeats sensation Rema is on an upward trajectory in his relatively young career. At 23, he has won many awards and become one of the most streamed African artistes in recent times.

In a new feat, the Mavins Records signee is set to light up the stage at the upcoming Hey Neighbour Festival in South Africa, slated for December. Even more exciting, he will be sharing the limelight with acclaimed American rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Rema and Kendrick Lamar to play on December 9

The exciting news was officially made public on Wednesday, October 11th, when Hey Neighbour, in partnership with Primedia, organised a special media day for the festival. During their media briefing, the charismatic Nigerian music star Rema was introduced as one of the festival’s headliners.

The surprise did not stop there, as it was also announced that Kendrick Lamar would grace the stage alongside the Afrobeats phenomenon. The Hey Neighbour Festival is a two-day extravaganza, with Rema and Kendrick Lamar taking the stage on the second day on December 9.

According to the organisers, the highly anticipated event was not just about music but also a celebration of unity and cultural diversity. They have passionately expressed their vision to bring people from all walks of life together through music.

Rema, whose real name is Divine Ikubor, has rapidly risen to stardom in the Afrobeats scene. His electrifying performances and unique blend of Afrobeat, pop, and hip-hop have earned him a massive global following. He’s known for hit songs like Dumebi, Iron Man, and Calm Down which has brought him unprecedented success. His inclusion in the Hey Neighbour Festival lineup has added more excitement to the event.

On the other hand, Kendrick Lamar, the American rapper is known for his thought-provoking lyrics. He has groundbreaking albums such as DAMN and To Pimp a Butterfly. He will bring a whole different flavour to the festival. His participation is a testament to the organisers’ promise and commitment to diversity and its aim to bridge cultures through music.

Rema features on US rapper Ice Spice’s Pretty Girls

Meanwhile, Rema has been featured by US rapper Ice Spice. The rapper has unveiled the release date of the highly anticipated single, Pretty Girls.

In a recent post, Ice Spice unveiled the cover art for “Pretty Girls” and made it official that the single is set to drop on Friday, October 13, 2023.

This announcement did not only set Ice Spice’s dedicated fan base into a frenzy. It also excited the global music community, drawing attention to the ever-evolving and dynamic Afrobeats genre.