British actor Idris Elba is set to host a virtual cross-continent concert to commemorate the African Day alongside a host of African music stars.
The Africa Day Benefit Concert at home also aims to raise funds towards the health and nutritional needs of families most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Africa.
The 2-hour concert will be live on YouTube courtesy of MTV Base Africa on Monday 25 May.
The star-studded line-up includes Grammy-award winning Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo, Kenya’s Afro-pop group Sauti Sol, South African stars Sho Madjozi, AKA and Nasty C, Nigeria’s Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade and Teniola Apata.
Others include StoneBwoy & M.anifest from Ghana, Tanzanian musician Diamond Platnumz, and Congolese star Fally Ipupa.
Speaking ahead of the highly anticipated concert, Idris, who recovered from the virus in March, said: “Taking a moment to shine a light on African arts to benefit the African homeland and its people.
He added: “A continent of this size should find a way to dig deep and stand up for one another at a time like this. It’s important for the future and history will not forget.”
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MTV Base & @YouTube are asking you to stay #AtHome and celebrate #AfricaDay with the greatest African Artists, and @IdrisElba, your host. Tune in to the #AfricaDay Benefit Concert: At Home on the @MTVBASEAfrica YouTube page at 6pm (CAT) & on MTV Base at 9pm (CAT). #AloneTogether .