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Grammy Museum To Show Mafikizolo

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21 June 2016
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The prestigious Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, USA will be celebrating the unique diversity of African music in a new exhibition, ‘Sounds of Africa’, from Friday 24 June.

The Grammy Museum was established to celebrate “the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music.”

The items to be exhibited at 'Sounds of Africa' will take the form of handwritten lyrics, costumes and rare instruments, and will occupy the third floor of the Grammy Museum building, as an extension of the 2016 BET Awards, which takes place on 28 June. Artists from Nigeria, South Africa, Benin and the DR Congo will be represented at the exhibition, which is expected to continue until late 2016.

On display at 'Sounds of Africa' are items belonging to South African group Mafikizolo, Nigerian rapper Ice Prince and his countrymen 2Baba (aka 2face Idibia) and guitar great Sir Victor Uwaifo. Also exhibited are materials from Beninoise diva Angelique Kidjo (who earlier this year won her third Grammy), and the late Congolese rumba legend Tabu Ley Rochereau. Nigerian visual artist Laolu Sebanjo, who recently worked with American superstar Beyonce, is the only non-musician to be represented at the exhibition.

'Sounds of Africa' comes as African artists are enjoying an increased visibility in the west, courtesy of awards, concerts and collaborations. Numerous Africans have toured both Europe and the USA in recent months; while Nigeria’s Wizkid was invited to collaborate with Canadian Grammy winner Drake.

The increased exposure of African artists at this year's edition may be seen by some as compensation after the displeasure expressed by the African music community following the 2015 edition of the award ceremony.

African artists' increased visibility on the international stage can only mean good things for music on the continent! Do you agree? Share your thoughts with us on our official social media pages via Twitter,Facebook and Instagram.