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The Makaveli Music Group, LLC and the Tupac Shakur family are set to release
a double CD family tribute album this summer. To promote the tribute album,
the Makaveli Music Group is organizing ‘The Official Tupac Shakur Family and
Friends Tour 2011’ – a tour aimed at celebrating the life of Tupac Amaru
Shakur who would have been 40 years old on the 16th of June 2011.
The CEO of Makaveli Music Group, Kendrick Lesane (Tupac’s cousin) has been
in talks with One Management, a leading Nigeria based Talent Management and
Entertainment Events Management Firm, to hold a Hip-Hop Summit and Concert
in the heart and soul of Nigeria - Lagos State, in September 2011. The Tour
will be a 2 day event consisting of a Hip-Hop Summit and the Tupac Tribute
The Summit is aimed at promoting Youth Development and Empowerment. Features
of the Summit include a talk shop which will have close knit members of
Tupac’s family talk about his life, his contribution to the hip-hop culture,
lessons learnt and the effect of one of hip hop’s greatest rap icons on the
average Youth and on the Nigerian side, Artistes who have been influenced by
Tupac’s music, talk about the impact of the hip hop culture in the Nigerian
context. Other features will be a showcase of underground talents, giving
them a platform to showcase their individual talents through judged cipher
sessions (rap battles).
Emem Ema of One Management says, one of the major objectives for the summit
is to send out a strong message to the Nigerian Youth about channeling their
energy and talent positively through the medium of music as hip hop is a
platform that encourages creativity and entrepreneurship. Tupac was not just
a rapper; he was a poet, writer, actor, activist and legend who used his
talent to create a whole movement.
Kendrick Lesane of the Makaveli Music Group said “the Tupac family is
excited about promoting in Nigeria, Tupac’s legacy of the youth, creating
something positive out of dire circumstances. It will be our first time in
Africa and we are looking forward to it.”
The concert will consist of performances from an international hip-hop act,
members of the Tupac Family; and some of Nigeria’s leading Hip Hop Artists
who in addition to performing their own tracks will bring an African flavour
to some of Tupac’s renowned songs.
The Tour hopes to Provide an avenue for young individuals to show the depth
of their imagination and creativity (in terms of writing and even dance),
and to help promote critical thinking through hip-hop.
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