2020 Beale Street Music Festival Features Award-Winning Ghanaian Artists

With today’s announcement of the artists confirmed for its eagerly-awaited 2020 lineup, Beale Street Music Festival is proud to feature two award-winning artists from the Republic of Ghana, the Memphis in May International Festival’s honored country for 2020.

Ghanaian rapper and songwriter Sarkodie is not only one of Ghana’s most famous musicians, but also recognized as one of the most influential musicians on the African continent with the awards to back it up.  Aside from his MTV Africa Music Award for Best Hip Hop and his two BET awards for Best International Act and Best International Flow, Sarkodie also boasts an astonishing twenty-two Ghana Music Awards including Artist of the Year and Best Male Artist, along with being named Artist of the Decade just last year.  With eighty-seven national and international music awards, the Beale Street Music Festival is excited to introduce an artist of his stature to new audiences.

The second highly acclaimed Ghanaian artist to make his debut at the Beale Street Music Festival is Stonebwoy, coming off his recent wins in 2019 for Best Male Artist from the African Entertainment Awards and AFRIMA’s Best Reggae Dancehall Artist.  These follow wins for everything from BET’s Best International Act, multiple wins from Vodafone’s Ghana Music Awards for Reggae Artist of the Year and Reggae Song of the Year, the All Africa Music Awards for Best Reggae Artist, and even the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite African Star!

“While we feature artists from the honored country each year at The Beale Street Music Festival, this year we are especially pleased to present two of the top artists from Ghana, and performers who are highly regarded throughout all of Africa and internationally,” said James L. Holt, President and CEO of Memphis in May. “Given the excitement surrounding our salute to Ghana, we expect Sarkodie and Stonebwoy to be very well received.”

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.com and are sold now through April 19 as three-day passes for just $145 or single-day tickets for $55 (limited quantities). A limited number of VIP passes are also available at eventbrite.com for $699 and provide access to exclusive viewing platforms near the main stages and in the Blues Tent, private “comfort station” restrooms, and light snacks and drinks (including limited alcoholic beverages) for all three days.

The festival opens to the public at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 1 and runs through Sunday, May 3. The 2020 Beale Street Music Festival is sponsored by Bud Light, Terminix and Monster Energy.

2020 Memphis in May International Festival Dates
Month-long Salute to Ghana: May 1-31, 2020
Beale Street Music Festival: May 1-3, 2020
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 13-16, 2020
Great American River Run 5K, 10K and Half Marathon: May 23, 2020

About Memphis in May 
Memphis in May is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community-based organization, whose programs in 2019 contributed more than $149.1 million in economic impact to the community and $4.6 million in tax revenue for the City of Memphis. Its mission is to promote and celebrate Memphis’ culture, foster economic growth, and enhance international awareness through education. 

It is the official festival of the City of Memphis, the recipient of 223 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association and has been named to Travel+Leisure’s international list of Festivals Worth Traveling For.  The Beale Street Music Festival was named by Oprah Magazine as one of “14 Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss in 2020,” while in 2018, Memphis topped CNN Travel’s list of international destinations to visit in May specifically because of the Memphis in May events.

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