From June 24 into autumn, Los Angeles’ Grammy Museum will present an exhibit entitled “Sounds of Africa,” in partnership with the BET Awards, highlighting winners and nominees of both the Grammy and BET Awards. The two influential awards organizations have chosen a lineup of African musical and visual artists to showcase, as a tribute to the artistic diversity and creativity born of the continent.
Those honored include Afropop Board member and musical star Angelique Kidjo
Malian legend Salif Keita
Nigerian guitar king Sir Victor Uwaifo
Congolese rumba icon Tabu Ley Rochereau
Nigerian hip-hop artist Ice Prince
South African singers Mafikizolo
and the quickly rising Nigerian visual artist Laolu Senbanjo (whose body painting features in Beyoncé’s Lemonade).
The exhibit will display, among other things, handwritten lyrics, costumes, and the artists’ rare instruments. For our friends out in L.A., make sure to stop by the Grammy Museum at 800 W. Olympic Blvd. and check out the exhibit.