(AllHipHop News) Akon is serious about helping to bring electricity to over 600 million people in Africa by 2016. The Senegalese singer-songwriter partnered with DJ Fully Focus to raise funds for the #AkonLightingAfrica campaign. Proceeds from Fully Focus' inaugural Passport Experience Festival in Atlanta went to Akon's solar power initiative.
“This Passport Experience Fest has been the most amazing experience that I’ve ever encountered, especially with this being the first year,”states Akon. “I promise you: it’s gonna grow to be the biggest thing ever. And Atlanta needs it, being that it’s an international hub of the South. Not only that, but the international hub of the world really, ‘cause you can take a direct flight from anywhere in the world and come straight to Atlanta."
Over 2,000 fans showed up to Centennial Olympic Park on Sunday, July 19 for the PXP Fest. Jamaica's Gyptian, America's Ying Yang Twins, Zambia's OC, Nigeria's Timaya and more than 20 other international artists and DJs hit the stage.
“But when I tell you, the music was just amazing, the people’s energy was electrifying,” Akon continued. “It opened my eyes and reminded me why I’m in the entertainment business in the first place. This thing was amazing. I’m proud to be a part of it, associated with it. Make sure you’re a part of it next year."
With nearly 725,000 residents from other nations, Atlanta served as an ideal host city for the global appeal of PXP Fest. The capital of Georgia now boasts the 11th highest foreign-born population in the country.
“The goal was peace and unity through music, and that’s exactly what we achieved,” says Fully Focus. “We put this event together in less than two months! And I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Now, on to planning PXP Fest 2016.”
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Check out pictures from Passport Experience Festival 2016 in the gallery below (photo credit: Aric Thompson).