Black culture and entertainment giants BET International in a collaborative effort with the GRAMMY MUSEUM showcases exhibitions on SOUNDS OF AFRICA.
This is the inaugural showcase of the uniqueness African culture as embedded in Music. An excerpt from Ava Hall, Vice President BET International Programming and Brand Advancement.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with the GRAMMY Museum to take inter-continental music celebration to new heights with the Sounds of Africa exhibit.”
This is the first time the GRAMMY Museum will showcase relics of the indigenous African Sounds, like Afrobeat, High-life, Makosa, Fuji etc. The exhibition will shine the light on winners and nominees of the BET and GRAMMY Awards alike. It further exposes and celebrates the distinctiveness and diversity of African Music.
Notably on the list are four auspicious Nigerian music icons, 2Face Idibia (now Tubaba), Sir Victor Uwaifo, Nigerian Visual Artist Laolu Senbanjo, Hip-Hop heavyweight Ice Prince. Oya wait, that is not all, GRAMMY Award winner Angelique Kidjo from neighbouring Benin Republic, Malian singer and songwriter Salif Keita, Congolese Rumba singer and songwriter Tabu Ley Rochereau. The list goes on, it primarily features African GRAMMY and BET Award winners and nominees.
The exhibition commenced on June 24th, 2016 and it is supposed to last through fall 2016. There are handwritten lyrics, rare African music instruments, original records, costumes.
Earlier on, Yemi Alade via her Instagram page shared costumes from her very famous Afro-pop song “Johnny” visuals. The sultry singer has yet again been nominated in the category for “Best International Act: Africa” 2016 to be held June 26 in LA.