KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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Salif Keita

Salif Keita was born with albinism in a small vilage called Djoliba in Mali. Today, he is known around the world as the Golden Voice of Africa. His first major US breakthrough was a prominent feature on the soundtrack of Will Smith’s blockbuster movie ‘Ali’, an hommage to boxing Legend Muhammad Ali and since, Salif has earned numerous Grammy nominations.

In December 2004, he was named United Nations Ambassador for Music and Sports. Mr. Keita founded The Salif Keita Global Foundation in 2005 to raise awareness and money for free healthcare and educational services for the care and integration of Albinos in Africa and to create international advocacy for the plight of people with albinism around the world.

His album released in November 2009 has brought global recognition to the cause of albinism and won the Victoires des Musiques award for Best World Music in France in 2010. In 2010, Mr. Keita became Peace Ambassador for the African Union to bring his celebrity to end fighting in conflict zones and raise awareness about the plight of the African Albino.


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Jidenna Mobisson

Nigerian-American artist Jidenna spent his formative years in Nigeria and humble beginnings stateside gave way to personal triumph as Jidenna earned his way into Stanford University, where he connected with like-minded, free-spirited souls and created Fear & Fancy, a social club comprising of entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and artists.

At his core, Jidenna is a throwback to an era long past, when Africa medallions and stoic black fists populated the rap landscape. On his debut album, The Chief, artist Jidenna narrates an African diaspora story. In Fall of 2017, Jidenna released the Boomerang EP featuring heavy hitters across the Diaspora including Quavo, Wale, Burna Boy, Maleek Berry, Tiwa Savage, and Sarkodie.

Speaking on his ambitions to use music to unite the diaspora, Jidenna says that “I want the African diaspora to have a voice in the world. We need to so that the world is better. I just know that that's gonna happen. And music is the spearhead.”