Jay-Z and Beyoncé’ On The Run II Tour skips African cities — Quartz


When Jay-Z and Beyoncé announced their On The Run II tour in March, they drew inspiration from the classic Senegalese film of two young lovers on the run, Touki Bouki. It was hardly the first time the superstar couple have looked to Africa for their aesthetic. And yet, The Carters have never honored African fans with a live performance.

The 2016 visual album Lemonade drew heavily on an African aesthetic, from the voluminous, antebellum-styled dress in an intentionally ironic Ankara print to the collaboration in “Afromysterics” with Nigerian contemporary artist Laolu Senbanjo. Somali-British poet Warsan Shire’s words were threaded through the visual album.

For her 2017 Grammy Awards performance, Beyoncé called on the Yoruba goddess Oshun in her styling. Before that,…

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