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Vivendi, the international media and content group, is staging a major music festival on Saturday, September
26 at the Esplanade du Palais du Peuple in Conakry, Guinea, to raise awareness about action to combat the Ebola virus. Details of the event were presented today during a press conference in Conakry.
Ebola: All Together towards victory will bring together Guinean and international artists, including Wizkid, Kiff No Beat, BanlieuZ'art, Azaya, Soul Bang's, Sia Tolno, Abram Sonty, Djanii Alfa, Instinct Killer
and a surprise guest. This major concert will be free and about 25,000 people are expected to join to celebrate the success of the vaccination campaign against the Ebola virus.
This concert is the first of a series of initiatives launched in Guinea by Vivendi, which comprises businesses including Canal+, Universal Music
and Dailymotion. Vivendi intends to promote talent from Guinea, and more widely in Africa, and to support their international development.
A new concert hall to celebrate talent in Conakry
With these objectives in mind, Vivendi will lay the foundation stone of a new, large concert hall devoted to music, shows and screenings on September
26, coinciding with the opening of the music festival. Sited in the heart of the Bolloré group's Blue Zone in Kaloum, this new venue designed to celebrate African artistic talent will be named CanalOlympia.
Canal+ stands for quality entertainment, impertinence and creativity, and is a well-known brand in Guinea. As a distribution platform for African culture, it recently launched A+, a television channel for and by Africans.
L'Olympia is the iconic Parisian concert hall which has hosted performances by the world's most prestigious artists including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David
Bowie, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Dalida, Eddy Mitchell, Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan, Edith Piaf and Gilbert Bécaud. The famous venue also stages other shows, notably for popular comedians.
A new label: Island Africa/Universal Africa
Based on the iconic Island label, Island Africa, located in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, will be committed to discovering local talent and supporting them in their career development.
Island Africa is developing a large pan-African network of infrastructure and technical facilities to promote African music on the continent and worldwide.
Conakry is a first step, with the creation of Guinea's first recording studio.