Archive | February, 2011

ONE8 Album Out In March

Eight African musical superstars have joined forces, on a mission to share their continent’s music with a global audience. They have formed a pan-African supergroup, called ONE8, which has been tipped as one to watch this year by U.S.-based Billboard magazine — the music industry’s bible on what’s hot and what’s not. The group is […]

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Gamu Loses Fight To Stay UK – Reports

Reports coming out from several sources suggest that Gamu Nhengu’s family has lost an appeal against a deportation order by the UK’s Border and Immigration Agency (BIA), and will soon be sent back to Zimbabwe. The Sunday Mirror quotes an unnamed source as saying that “the singer will be told that she will have to […]

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Makosi Arrested For Fraud

By ANTHONY FRANCE BIG Brother star Makosi Musambasi was arrested on suspicion of fraud after allegedly producing a dodgy driving licence. Makosi, 30, also had thousands of dollars in cash when police halted her Smart car. She was asked for her licence, but officers were not satisfied and hauled her into custody at Plumstead, South […]

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When Amadou Met Mariam

At the heart of Malian music duo Amadou & Mariam’s success is a love story spanning 35 years, writes Nechama Brodie. Recently, the New York Times heralded the coming of what it called the “Indie Rock African Invasion” – because growing numbers of hip African musicians are being signed up by cool, independent North American […]

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Angelique Kidjo Thrills BET Crowd

Some readers may recognise the name Angelique Kidjo from the mention of it, some may recognise her from memories of her performing at the World Cup 2010 or other venues. For those who don’t already know who Angelique is, you are about to find out. She is one of Benin’s outstanding musical flag bearers and […]

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Indie Rock Embraces an African Invasion

by Larry Rohter THE indie record company Sub Pop first earned a reputation as a tastemaker in the late 1980s, when it signed and recorded the Seattle bands Nirvana and Soundgarden and other exponents of what came to be known as grunge. But one of its best-received recent releases is “I speak Fula,” by Bassekou […]

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Akon Reinventing Himself with Upcoming Album Stadium

Akon is literally a man on the run. In between working on his upcoming release ‘Stadium,’ touring, his myriad of outside collaborations, and gearing up for Lady Gaga’s upcoming buzz-heavy ‘Born This Way’ set, it’s a miracle that the singer/songwriter/producer has time to sleep. But Akon says all the hard work will translate to what […]

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The DNC’s New Album is Unstoppable

Move over Flo-Rida, enter MC Chobo of The DNC. Born in Uganda and now based in Norway, Chobo is one half of The Dual Nation Collective (DNC) and his partner is Norwegian Pop Producer, J Ryggs. Their latest offering is “Unstoppable”, their sophomore album. On the album Chobo rides on the beats with tremendous flows […]

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Uganda President To Drop Rap Album?

When hip hop/rap was invented, some 35 to 40 years ago, no one ever thought it would ever become so mainstream that it would breed multi-millionaires and let alone be referenced to by world leaders. One such leader is 67 year-old Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, who made headlines months ago after his pseudo-rap poetic presentation […]

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Stella Mwangi Wins Norwegian Eurovision

Stella Mwangi, who came to Norway from Kenya as a child, will represent her adopted country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Germany this spring. Mwangi sang and danced her way to a decisive victory at Norway’s version of the event, Melodi Grand Prix, over the weekend. “Maybe I’ll make a trip back to Kenya […]

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Tuface On Mo’Nique Show

Phat Girlz is one of the movies that made US talk show host Mo’Nique a star that she is today. The same movie featured Tuface Idibia’s hit song “African Queen” as a soundtrack. The two individuals finally met face Tu-face on the set of Mo’Nique’s The Mo’Nique Show on BET, years after the movie was […]

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Abra Rocks Econet Live

If you are not already familiar with the name ABRA Tribe, then you should start trying to figure out why. These guys are the hottest thing out of Zimbabwe happening in the UK right now. The group ABRA (African Bred Recording Artists), which is fronted by artist/producer Jusa Dementor and consists of Singer Kyriah Dee, […]

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