LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09:  Nigerian musician Femi Kuti performs on stage with The Positive Force at KOKO on May 9, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns via Getty Images)

Femi Kuti, Soweto Gospel Choir, Lead Others To AFRIMA

sowetoBy Tony Nwanne

Nigeria’s Afrobeat king and four-time Grammy Award nominee, Femi Kuti and South Africa’s Grammy Award winning choral group, Soweto Gospel Choir, among others will be leading other performing at the main ceremony of 2016 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, holding in Lagos, Nigeria on 6 November.

AFRIMA, in a statement noted that these seasoned artistes will lead the stellar line up of over 352 African superstars during the awards programme of events starting from 4 – 6 November.

Confirming their performance at AFRIMA 3.0 Awards, Executive Producer/Director Soweto Choir, Beverly Bryer, stated: “Soweto Choir is honoured to have been nominated at the AFRIMA in 2015 and to perform at the AFRIMA 2016; we look forward to returning to Lagos for this exciting event.”

Soweto Gospel Choir is unarguably the most decorated choral group in Africa, having won multiple awards including Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album, “Blessed” and “African Spirit,” in 2007 and 2008 respectively. The 22-member choir ensembles blend elements of African gospel, Negro spirituals, Reggae and American Popular Music.

While Manu Dibango, whose song “Soul Makossa” has influenced several popular music hits, including Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”, as well as his re-recording of that song with Akon, The Fugees’ “Cowboys”; Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop The Music” and comedian Eddie Murphy in his 1982 parody song “Boogie In Your Butt”.

Billed to hold at the Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, the main awards ceremony is preceded by the AFRIMA Music Village, a concert event at the Water Front, Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.



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