Ye, Kanye West, Rumored to Perform at Black Star Line Festival in Accra, Ghana

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Maybe he’s not missing after all. After splashy headlines made the claim over the past few weeks that Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, had “disappeared,” rumors are circulating that the rapper is actually now slated to perform at the Black Star Line Festival in Accra, Ghana today.

A tweet from DJ Ebenezer Donkoh making this claim has garnered tons of attention:

The festival itself is the brainchild of Chance the Rapper, a frequent Ye collaborator, and protégé. Both rappers hail from Chicago and Chance famously rapped “I met Kanye West, I’m never going to fail” on “Ultralight Beam,” the lead track of Ye’s 2016 album The Life of Pablo.

Chance organized the festival, inspired by a shipping line of the same name. The Black Star Line was created by the Jamaican activist Marcus Garvey to connect Black people between Africa and the Americas with economic opportunities.

The week long festival will include panels and events, and is ending with a free concert tonight headlined by Chance and fellow Chicago rapper Vic Mensa. The concert is also slated to feature Erykah Badu, T-Pain, Jeremih and Tobe Nwigwe.

Several other people affiliated with Ye appear to be in Ghana for the festival, including Chike and Coodie, the directorial team behind the 2022 Netflix documentary about Ye called Jeen-Yuhs.

Dave Chappelle, who received plenty of laughs and some backlash online for his recent SNL monologue about Ye and Jewish people, is in Ghana for the festivities. He was Chance’s special guest in a discussion at the University of Ghana Legon on Thursday.

Of course, the fact that all these people affiliated with Ye are together in Accra isn’t solid proof that Ye will go perform — most of them hail from Chicago and are likely friends with each other independent of the embattled artist.

Ye has had a hell of a last few months, losing nearly all of his business relationships and sitting in social media jail following a slew of interviews and social media posts where he made anti-Semetic remarks.

A man claiming to be Ye’s former business manager generated tabloid headlines claiming Ye was missing after he was unable to locate him to serve him papers for a lawsuit.

The “missing” claims didn’t hold — photos of Ye in various locations have since surfaced, the most recent appear to be in Utah.

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