ON Friday, June 24, the Grammy Museum and BET will unveil a brand new exhibit, Sounds of Africa that showcases and celebrates the unique diversity of African music, spotlighting winners and nominees of both the Grammy Awards and the BET Awards.
Located on the third floor of the Grammy Museum, the display is an extension of the 16th annual BET Awards and the 2016 BET Experience at L.A. Live.
Monde Twala,vice president of BET, Youth & Music, VIMN Africa said: “It’s fantastic to see the influence of African artists and music amplified in this unique exhibition in this iconic setting. We are excited about working with the Grammy Museum to create this fascinating tribute to legendary, traditional and contemporary African musicians.”
On display temporarily until autumn 2016, the exhibit will feature handwritten lyrics, costumes and rare instruments from a wide range of artists including:
- South African duo Mafikizolo (2014 BET Awards best international act: Africa nominees)
- Nigerian hip-hop artist and actor Ice Prince (winner, 2013 BET Awards best international act: Africa)
- Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo (Benin)
- Nigerian singer/songwriter and producer 2Face Idibia
- Singer/songwriter Salif Keita (Mali)
- Nigerian singer/songwriter Sir Victor Uwaifo
- Congolese rumba singer/songwriter and bandleader Tabu Ley Rochereau
- Nigerian visual artist Laolu SenbanjoThe BET Awards premieres on BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday, June 28 at 7 pm CAT.
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