On Friday 24 June, The Grammy Museum and BET are to unveil a brand new exhibit, ‘Sounds of Africa’, showcasing and celebrating the unique diversity of African music, and spotlighting African winners and nominees of both The Grammy Awards and the BET Awards.
On display temporarily until later in the year, the exhibit will feature handwritten lyrics, costumes and rare instruments from a wide range of artistes including Nigerian singer/songwriter 2Face Idibia; Nigerian hip-hop artist Ice Prince (winner, 2013 BET Awards Best International Act: Africa); Nigerian visual artist Laolu Senbanjo; Nigerian iconic singer Sir Victor Uwaifo; South African duo Mafikizolo (2014 BET Awards Best International Act: Africa nominees); Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo (Benin); Malian singer/songwriter Salif Keita; Congolese rumba singer/songwriter and bandleader Tabu Ley Rochereau and many others.
Monde Twala, VP, BET, Youth & Music, VIMN Africa commented, “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.”
The BET Awards premieres on BET (DStv Channel 129) on Tuesday 28 June at 7.00 PM. Russian Bear is the official South Africa sponsor of The BET Awards 2016.