Africa’s top artists, including Nigeria’s D’banj and Femi Kuti, South Africa’s Judith Sephuma and Congo DRC’s Fally Ipupa will be traveling with Manchester City soccer star Yaya Toure to Washington D.C. 4-7 August with The ONE Campaign to play an active role in shaping the conversation about the US-Africa relationship at the historic US-Africa Leaders Summit.
The full list of artists are: A.Y. (Tanzania), Buffalo Souljah (Zimbabwe), D’Banj (Nigeria), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Femi Kuti (Nigeria), Judith Sephuma (South Africa), Omawumi (Nigeria), Victoria Kimani (Kenya) and Wax Dey (Cameroon).
President Barack Obama will welcome leaders from across the African continent to the nation’s capital for a three-day summit beginning 04 August, marking the largest gathering any U.S. president has ever held with African heads of state and government. The summit aims to strengthen ties between the United States and Africa, one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions. During the US trip, the artists will hold advocacy meetings with high-level US officials, Washington Fellows from the Obama administration’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), and Members of Congress. They will also perform the on the 4th of August, during an event at the Newseum, including the song ‘Cocoa Na Chocolate’.
These artists represent a portion of a larger group, led by D’banj, who came together earlier this year (http://www.one.org/doagric/