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Akon, Niko & Vinz join One Love Festival

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM
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performer Akon and platinum-selling musical duo Nico & Vinz will join the fundraising efforts at the One Love Music Festival, which takes place at Rose Hall in Montego Bay from February 4 - 5.

"This festival is a way to continue to spread Dad's message and help empower people to achieve great things," said Cedella Marley, CEO of Tuff Gong, creative director of the event and the late Bob Marley's daughter.

With over 35 million albums sold worldwide, five Grammy Award nominations, and 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs under his belt, Akon has proven to be an outstanding, enduring performer. He has been listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the top-selling artist for master ringtones in the world and he became the first solo artiste to hold both the number one and number two spots on the Billboard Hot 100.

In addition to his own musical successes, Akon was the visionary behind the KonLive and Konvict record labels, which propelled the careers of Lady Gaga and T-Pain.

The Senegalese singer, whose hit singles include Smack That and I Wanna Love You, is no stranger to charitable causes. In February 2014, he launched a partnership to bring electricity to one million households in Africa via Akon Lighting Africa. Akon Corp and its partners have assembled strategic partnerships to create replicable, scalable, and cost-effective energy solutions.

The Afro-Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz is best know for the international success of Am I Wrong, which reached number one on the American Top 40 Charts and crossed the platinum threshold. Kahouly Nicolay 'Nico' Sereba and Vincent 'Vinz' Dery fuse genres as diverse as pop, reggae, and soul. Nico & Vinz will soon release Hold it Together, which is taken from their third studio album, due later in 2016.


The One Love Music Festival is a two-day fundraising event to celebrate Bob Marley's life and legacy by supporting ongoing projects in education, the environment, and poverty relief through the Bob Marley Foundation, in partnership with the Rollins Foundation and Sandals Foundation. SOS Children's Village is among the Rose Hall-supported charities expected to benefit from the proceeds.

"Rose Hall is pleased to celebrate the life of Bob Marley, not just with amazing music, which represents what he stood for, but with the meaningful work our foundations will do with funds raised through these events. This passion for the Jamaican people is truly the heart of Rose Hall," said Michael Rollins, president of Rollins Jamaica and executive producer of the festival.

The gala reception on February 4 is expected to be an intimate event where VIP patrons will get close with local and international celebrities.

On February 5, the One Love Concert will present a line-up that includes Ky-mani Marley, Skip Marley, Morgan Heritage, Tessanne Chin, Nadine Sutherland, D'Burnz, CK, Kranium, Teflon, Iceman, and the Ruff Kut band. There will also be a special Taxi Records segment with Tanto Metro & Devonte, No-Maddz, Devin Di Dakta, and Sabrina the Diva.

"We've got a great fusion of contemporary and seasoned musical talents on board," said Cedella Marley. "The festival will be an explosion of entertainment and enjoyment for persons of all age groups, while sharing a message of positivity and empowerment."