Celebrated American producer, Quincy Jones and rapper T.I are heading to Ghana, livefmghana.com can report.
Jones will be in the West African country in December 2019 as the part of the ‘Year of Return’ initiative by the Ministry of Tourism.
The latter will be in the country in March 2019 to shoot scenes for his Television series. Persons with knowledge of the visit tell livefmghana.com, the visit is to promote tourism, and to find out more about the growth of African music and culture in the United States of America.
Hon. Catherine Afeku, Minister of Tourism mentioned the upcoming visits to Accra based Kasapa 102.5 FM on the sidelines of the State of the Nation Address delivered by Ghana’s president, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo to parliament.
The ‘Year of Return’ initiative is aimed at reuniting the global African diaspora as well as to commemorate 400 years since Africans were first shipped to the Americas to work as slaves.
The likes of Naomi Campbell, Boris Kodjoe, Idris Elba, Bozoma St John, Edward Enninful, and Anthony Anderson visited Ghana in late 2018.
An impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word, Quincy Jones’ career has encompassed the roles of composer, artist, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, record company executive, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur, humanitarian, investor, and record, film, and TV producer.
As a master inventor of musical hybrids, he has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African, and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium, including records, live performance, movies, and television.
He has worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Eddie Van Halen, Nik Kershaw, Dinah Washington, Karina Pasian, Nana Mouskouri, Dean Martin, and Aaliyah.
Born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., T.I, an Atlanta native, is a seasoned rapper and actor, and credited as a founder of the hip-hop sub-genre, Trap.
Harris has released ten studio albums, with seven of them reaching the top five of the US Billboard 200 chart.
Throughout his career, Harris has also released several highly successful singles, including Billboard Hot 100 number one hits “Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life,” the latter replaced the former atop the chart and helped Harris join a select group of artists to replace themselves at number one and simultaneously occupy the top two positions.