Behind the Scenes of Akon & Keri Hilson’s ‘Oh Africa’ Video

Akon and Keri Hilson

Grammy nominees Akon and Keri Hilson go in front of the lens to shoot the video for their charity single “Oh Africa” directed by Gil Green. The song will be available on Grammy Sunday with proceeds benefitting underprivileged African youth, including Akon’s Konfidence Foundation.

“The whole aura of it is so fun—the color, the painting, and the drums,” said Akon of the clip, which also debuts Sunday. “It brings out all the cultural parts of Africa you can ever think of and it doesn’t even seem like a video, it seems more like a work of art that just happens to be a video.”



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32 Comments

  1. tage

    keri is the female mj all day goodbye beyonce

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    R.I.P. MJ Reply:

    @tage, r u stupid

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    shelly-chelle Reply:

    @tage, beyonce is closer to being the next mj than keri is loser, but no one will ever come close to his level, he’s the greatest of all time!

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    tage Reply:

    @shelly-chelle, whoever thinks beyonce is a queen or close to mj is stupid cause beyonce is a huge sellout and she steals music at least keri writes her own songs and they are better than beyonces wack ass keri is the female mj and noone can tell me different just look at her style she dances better than bee and her cd is fire………. hotter than i am bipolar sasha fierce

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    Joyams Reply:

    @shelly-chelle, I won’t say that keri is at the same level of beyoncé or even over her, but ur kind of hard on her sayin that keri is loser. She’s doin her thing, and pretty well actually, and a lot of people love what she doing.
    Y’all commenters on rap-up should be more objective in ur comments, it’s always black or white…

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    mal Reply:

    @tage, looooool shut up

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  2. 100% Nikehead

    Yea that was a force @tage but u cant deny her talent. keri Hilson is now an international artist and it will only get better for her from here. She has been husslin in this game for years getting herself out there and it has payed off bigtime.

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  3. Lauren

    GO KERI!!

    haters don’t even bother. you’re wasting your time

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  4. Jeremy

    yeah this is aye good thing for both of the 2 2 help out haiti…and yeah she is now an international artist this is aye good look on her go keri

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    Joyams Reply:

    @Jeremy, Haiti is not in Africa, dumbass!!

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  5. shelly-chelle

    oh gosh, more yelling and screaming? I don’t think Africa would like that!

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  6. mike

    yes keri do ur thing screw these haters u are the best chic in the game now

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  7. janita

    @ Jeremy, this isn’t for Haiti… smh @ ghetto Keri and her illiterate stans.

    LMFAO @ her being an “international star”! pffft do u guys even know what that means? she’s not a platinum selling artist, she’s never had a #1 album OR single, and no tours in the U.S alone. so how does the world even know about her? heck she’s not even on Kelly Rowland’s level.

    And another thing, she looks OLD in that photo. her make-up is SO heavy

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    Will Reply:

    @janita, Kelly rowland has never had a top 10 hit on her own so what r u saying? Keri Hilson has sold records worldwide and had the #1 record “I Like” overseas. She is very well an international artist do your fkn research. It was only her first album and u fkn lames are calling her a flop smh when she sold 94,000 copies first week. Shes already nominated for 2 grammys and its only her debut album. Very much blessed indeed u haters just cant except the fact shes gonna just get bigger and better from here

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    Will Reply:

    @janita, oh yea sidenote: Beyonce is the one with the illiterate fans not Keri. Sorry!!! And i believe ur one of those if im not mistaken.

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    janita Reply:

    @Will, are u trying to say Keri is bigger than Kelly Rowland? Kelly was a member of the biggest selling female group and she as a solo artist is MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH bigger than Keri. her first solo album sold 2 milli world wide. how much did Keri sell? KeLly’s song “when love takes over” is a WORLD WIDE SMASH. it was number one EVERWHERE! so please spare me, Keri is at the BOTTOM of the barrel. she even tries to be Ciara to get recognition.

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    janita Reply:

    @Will, btw I’m not a Bey fan. And keri’s never earned a top ten in the states on her own either. just because she had a #1 song doesn’t make her international. Kelly’s much more famous than her.

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    will Reply:

    @janita, Destinys child dont count for shit. Im talking about “Solo”. Kelly rowland didnt sell no 2 million off her first album fck outta here that album flopped. She only had one single off that album that had a video and im not counting dilemma with Nelly cause that was off his album. I dont recall kelly having a top 10 hit by herself but if u can refresh my memory be my guest if im wrong. Anyway this post is about Keri Hilson not Kelly Rowland. Oh by the way Keri Hilson has been talked about all year, been on every blog, featured on songs videos etc and its just her first album so just watch when her second album drop. Your really gonna hate her then lol. Keep Hating!!!

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    will Reply:

    @will, Who gives a fck if Kelly Bigger than her. Kelly Rowland has been in the music business longer u dumb broad. she was in a group. If Kelly is so big where is her third album? Why she get dropped from Colombia? If she was such a “BIG” solo artist wheres her album at??? My point exactly! Her label gave up on her cause she aint have no hits. Keri Hilson just came out as a solo artist and she has blown up off one album. She is already nominated for 2 grammys. Shes a song writer she writes her own songs she doesnt need people to write songs for her.

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  8. will

    Keri announced that shes dropping her second album this year. I cannot wait. Just for u haters she will continue to prove yall wrong time and time again while her name stays in your mouths.

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  9. Beyonce' Is NOT The Only Hard Working Female Singer

    How Come Keri Hilson NEVER Gets Credit For How Hard She Works?
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    Keri Hilson is like the female RnB version of Lil’Wayne. She is all over the place. On her songs, and on other peoples songs. She performs everywhere. She sings live, she dances. She writes for herself and others.

    QUESTION:

    How come I never see a comment at all EVER about how hard she works? But everytime a Beyonce’ post is a up a gang of people talk non stop about how hard she works as if her peers dont too.

    Kelly Rowland has been with Beyonce since D.C. She works hard too. She is a successful artist. (On the contrary to what you people want to think) You can be fools in America, but Kelly Rowland is VERY relevant, just had a #1 hit record in 9 countries. Every week there is a different live performance of her up. Just because her OLD manager had Beyonce on ever cover instead of her DOESNT mean she wasnt working. Kelly Rowland, and Keri Hilson are two of the hardest working women in this business today. However, they never recieve credit and I want to give them some.

    Keri Hilson works hard.
    Kelly Rowland works hard.

    Rihanan got her azz beat and went through it in front of the whole world, and shes still working. (even though I dont lihe her.) I cant deny how hard she works.

    Like I said, Beyonce’ is not the only person who works. A few women in this business work hard. They just arent shoved down our throats by an overzealous PR team and the media because they are half naked and in a high profile relationship. (Like Beyonce is.)

    - Have A Nice Night.

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  10. Me

    Unlike lil Wayne her callobos go nowhere on the charts and is forgettable. Bish hasn’t gone gold yet. Cert at gold but sold 412k. Plus anyone w inside connects can get nominations.

    Either way comparing her to any chick that’s gone platnum in this game is assinine. Yet alone beyonce. Dellusional

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    Taisha Reply:

    @Me, Agreed. Keri Hilson is a lackluster of success. None of her singles reached the top ten without a featured artist. Her album didn’t even surpassed Gold this year nor did it sell at least 100,000 in it’s first week.

    Although I’m not a stan of Beyonce, No offense Keri’s talented songwriter and all but comparing Keri Hilson to her is like comparing her to someone like Soulja Boy or Flo Rida.

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    will Reply:

    @Taisha, You forced it. Keri Hilson is wayyyyyyyyy and i mean wayyyyyyy more talented u cant even compare them. Keri Hilson writes her own songs as well as writes for other artists. Keri Hilson wrote number one hits before she even became a solo artist. Go check her stats if u dont believe me. Her album is past gold and Knock You Down is certified platinum with over one million. Do the math keri got long moneyyyyy.

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  11. Beyonce' Is NOT The Only Hard Working Female Singer

    I didnt say she was “Successful” I said she works hard!

    Beyonces first album with destinys child ONLY went gold. Her outside collaborations FAILED at first too. Like the one they did with Wyclef. (not nonono, but another one they did that failed u probably dont even remember)

    You have to work hard and keep grinding. The type of success that comes fast NEVER last. Rihanna FAILED the first time too. Lady Gaga was DROPPED a few times too. Beyonce first solo single FAILED as well. Destinys childs first album was mildly successful with poor reviews.

    This business is a grind and Keri Hilson works hard. Thats the only point I was trying to make.

    NO ONE IS COMPARING HER SUCCESS TO BEYONCES. BEYONCE HAS BEEN IN THIS BUSINESS FOR OVER 10 YEARS!

    Of course Keri isnt as successful. The type of numbers Beyonce did with DC is NOT even possible anymore for the most part, so comparing other artist (especially NEW ARTIST that labels dont even invest in the same anymore) is not fair.

    Keri Hilson works VERY HARD and she deserves every opportunity she gets.

    Like I said, Beyonce is NOT the only hard working woman in this business and the others who work hard need to be fairly acknowledged as well.

    -Good Night

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  13. tee

    beyonce is fading

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  14. todd

    beyonce is not the best i see keri doing more with her career and ot being a sellout

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  15. bonnie

    i love keri and her cd goes harder than i am sasha fierce and yes beyonce was feat on all types of artist songs that flopped just look it up haters

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  16. Liss

    LOVE IT! I think it will be GREAT! Can’t wait

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  17. 100% Nikehead

    Let me say this: Keri Hilson got only ONE album and she has been EVERYWHERE, multiple tv appearances on huge networks, features on big named artists tracks, Grammy nominated etc. She is just going to get bigger from here believe it or not but its gonna happen. Timbaland, Polow da Don, Danja all cosigned her. Shes with the best producers in the game.

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  18. rose

    akon
    No place to take video except in front of Buddsh Image? what r u?

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