AFRICAN arts takes centre stage as, come 2014, the world will be treated to the best of musical and performance theatrics from the continent in what has been termed its greatest exportation of cultural product.
The African International Music (AIM) Festival, otherwise known as ‘taking Africa to the world,’ makes its debut in the United Arab Emirate, Dubai. This latest effort from the stable of Motherland Beckons is designed to boost the tourism industry and economy of the continent, its management states.
The cultural musical fiesta, which is to be promoted as an iconic festival of the continent, will feature some of the best and scintillating musical performances ranging from music, dance, percussion, instrumentation to theatre by the 55 countries of the continent, including South Sudan, which is the newest addition to the list of growing African countries.
Speaking on this new project, the president of Motherland Beckons and Tourism Ambassador of the World Conference of Mayors, Otunba Wanle Akinboboye, said that AIM festival is not only to rekindle the world’s interest in the continent’s greatest export product – culture – which over the years has been threatened by colonial and imperialists tendencies.
”We believe that when we expose creative individuals and groups in Africa to the world that it would bring about economic empowerment and development to the people of Africa,” said Akinboboye.
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