Sounds Of Africa

Presented by the GRAMMY Museum, in partnership with BET International

The exhibit celebrates the unique diversity that lives in African music, and spotlights winners and nominees of both the GRAMMY Awards® and the BET Awards.

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  • Jun 24, 2016 Through Jun 11, 2017
  • M-TH: 10:30AM - 6:30PM
    F: 10:30AM - 8PM
    SAT: 10AM - 8PM
    SUN: 10AM - 6:30PM

"At BET International, we look forward each year to recognizing and applauding the work of the best musical artists from the continent of Africa as a part of the annual BET Awards, and this year, we’re thrilled to collaborate with the GRAMMY Museum to take inter-continental music celebration to new heights with the Sounds of Africa exhibit. We are beyond excited about this tribute to legendary, traditional and contemporary African music artists, and could not have asked for a better partner."

-Ava Hall, Vice President, BET International Programming and Brand Advancement

On display through March 2017, the exhibit features handwritten lyrics, costumes and rare instruments from artists including:

  • GRAMMY winner Angélique Kidjo, from the West African nation of Benin
  • Singer/songwriter Salif Keita, from Djoliba, Mali
  • Nigerian singer/songwriter Sir Victor Uwaifo
  • Nigerian visual artist Laolu Senbanjo
  • Congolese rumba singer/songwriter and bandleader Tabu Ley Rochereau
  • Nigerian singer/songwriter and producer 2Face Idibia
  • Nigerian hip-hop artist and actor Ice Prince
  • And more!

Photo: Rebecca Sapp/

Photo: Rebecca Sapp/

About BET International

BET Networks is the leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for people that want to know what’s hot, what’s next and what matters in black culture. BET is currently viewed in more than 110 million homes in over 50 countries around the world, including the United States, the UK, sub-Saharan Africa, Canada and the Caribbean. BET International is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc., one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all platforms.