Ghanaian-born, Brooklyn-based hip hop artist Blitz the Ambassador played his first New York homecoming show at Webster Hall, coming off a 10-week tour, which began in Accra and included over 30 shows in Europe. This followed first release of his Native Sun album, infusing his unique Afrobeat and highlife inspired hip-hop. Blitz’s headline performance was preceded by groups House of Waters, Zuzuka Poderosa, Adeline, and Montreal’s Nomadic massive. Blitz and band did not disappoint, at one point launching into an impressive full brass supported medley of Blitz’s main influences from early American hip-hop and soul classics right into samples of African Soukous, Highlife, Makossa, and Afrobeat. The crowd insisted on a double encore.
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Hip Hop Saves Lives (HHSL), Cocody Productions, and Face2Face Africa served as promotional and media partners for the show, with HHSL’s Chad Harper serving as MC for the evening and Cocody’s DJake (Jake Bright) throwing down diaspora DJ sets between bands.
In the coming months Blitz will be touring the US, parallel to a deluxe rerelease of his Native Sun album, a short film by the same name shot in Accra, as well as a short documentary about his concert in Accra.