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BET, Grammy Museum To Showcase 2face, Others

Posted: Jun 25, 2016 at 6:42 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Hazeez Balogun – Lagos
*Akon Honoured

Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer 2Face Idibia, Ice Prince, Laolu Senbanjo, Sir Victor Uwaifo, South African duo Mafikizolo, Angélique Kidjo, Salif Keita, and Tabu Ley Rochereau are among the African music greats that will be showcased in the Grammy Museum alongside other international stars.
The Museum, which opens 24th of June in conjunction with BET, will be tagged, New Exhibit: Sounds of Africa. The idea is to showcase and celebrate the unique diversity of African music, and spotlighting African winners and nominees of both the Grammy 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 and Music, says about the displays, “It’s fantastic to see the influence of African artistes 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 later in the year, the exhibit will feature handwritten lyrics, costumes and rare instruments from the artistes.
Also, BET has unveiled hip-hop superstar and global humanitarian, Akon as the recipient of the 2016 Global Good Award at the BET Awards. The second annual Global Good Award is presented as a part of the BET Awards and honours individuals championing causes which positively impact change and heighten awareness in different parts of the world.
A Grammy and BET Award nominated, two-time multi-platinum musical artiste, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Akon holds a place in industry history as one of music’s most influential voices and is this year’s 2016 Global Good Award honouree.
Born in America to Senegalese parents, Akon developed a love for Senegal and deep desire to help the nation’s youth. In 2007, he launched the Konfidence Foundation, dedicated to providing Senegalese youth with educational resources and access to health services. In 2014, Akon co-founded “Akon Lighting Africa,” which currently brings solar-powered electricity to the homes of over 600 million people in more than 11 countries in rural Africa.
The Global Good Award will be presented by Eva Marcille and Jidenna as a part of the BET Awards.
Hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, the BET Awards will include performances by Usher, Future, Bryson Tiller, Alicia Keys and Maxwell with special performances in honour of the late pop icon Prince by Sheila E., Janelle Monae, D’Angelo, The Roots and more. The star power continues as Gabrielle Union, Nate Parker, DJ Khaled and many others will take the stage as presenters during the 16th anniversary of the annual highly-anticipated televised event.