Maryland rapper Wale will probably always be closely associated with the DMV, but fans of the MC know he also proudly reps for Nigeria, the country both of his parents hail from. Remember the Afro-beat flecked track "My Sweetie," which recalled the Nigerian house parties of his youth? How about when he sent all of those Nike Foamposites to kids in Ondo State?
Tomorrow, Wale joins forces with a number of young African musicians for the African Connection Relief Event (A.C.R.E.), a benefit concert at the Patriot Center.
He'll be appearing with singer/songwriter TuFace Idibia, who is already immensely popular in his home country of Nigeria, and is gaining international attention, thanks to his recent BET Award win in the "Best International Act" category. M.I., Banky W, Wizkid, Naeto C, and many others will also perform to raise money for Artists for Charity (AFC), an organization started in East Africa that "strives to increase awareness about HIV/AIDS throughout the continent." The evening will be hosted by the "African King of Comedy" Michael Blackston (yes, the dude from Next Friday),
The show starts at 7:30 p.m., Tickets ($38-109) are still available at www.acreconcert.com.