In a bid to defy terrorism and its perpetrators, Akon will perform an anti-Islamic State concert in the city of Erbil, Iraq.
The American R&B hip hop artist made the announcement in a video released on Thursday.
"I'm so excited to be there to visit that 8,000-year-old city to perform live at the Hariri stadium in March," Akon said.
Though tickets will reportedly be free, any proceeds will go to family members of the Kurdish forces, locally known as the Peshmerga.
Akon is pairing with an Erbil-based humanitarian relief group called Rwanga Charity to organize the event.
Operations manager for Kurdish radio station Babylon FM, Noor Matti, told BasNews that Akon’s arrival in Erbil is a “big deal”:
“We are thankful for the Rwanga Foundation for working tirelessly to make this happen,” Matti said. “It’s a big deal because it will be the first time a famous American musician has performed in Erbil.”
The Senegalese-American rapper is known for his peace concerts and initiatives to promote sustainable development in many conflict-stricken countries, especially in the continent of Africa.
Just last year in September, Akon performed in the Democratic Republic of Congo at a massive concert organized by the United Nations’ Peace One Day, which is a program dedicated to advancing the U.N.'s International Day of Peace.
In 2011, he traveled to his home country Senegal for the “world's biggest celebration of black arts and culture, calling for greater African unity.”