Archive | April, 2013

Wizkid, EME Back in Business, Signs UK and Nigerian Artist

After a renegotiation of contracts, Wizkid and Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) are back together. Wizkid has been seen with label mates, Shaydee and DJ Xclusive in Benin Republic where they all performed at a show early this month and then Banky W had been called on stage by Wizkid at a recently held Five Star […]

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Reggie Rockstone, M.I & Onyeka Onwenu Announced As Glo X Factor Judges

Glo has announced the judges for X Factor, the world’s biggest singing reality TV show, which the company has brought to Africa for the first time. The judges are veteran singer Onyeka Onwenu and popular rapper Jude Abaga, widely known as M.I., from Nigeria and Reggie Rockstone, hip-life artiste from Ghana. They were unveiled at […]

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The Noisettes: Bring Home The Music, Shingai

Shingai Shoniwa speaks exactly how she sings —smokey, syncopated south London — on Hey, Hey, the Dennis Ferrer-produced monster hit from which most on this side of the world will recognise her voice. Three years ago, LA Reid — the music mogul and former chairperson of the Island Def Jam Music Group — flew Shoniwa and […]

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African diva Angelique Kidjo wins Songlines Best Artist award

Angelique Kidjo, one of Africa’s biggest singing stars, was named best artist in Songlines magazine’s annual world music awards for her “Spirit Rising” album African diva Angelique Kidjo was named Best Artist in Songlines magazine’s annual world music awards on Friday, lauded for her high-energy shows and her championing of social causes. French veterans Lo’jo, […]

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Fuse ODG Antenna Remix ft Wande Coal, R2Bees and Sarkodie

UK-Based Ghanaian or shall we say, international artist Fuse ODG’s wings continue to soar as his Antenna single gains more stamps of approval. MTV Base reported recently that the Antenna single has just been remixed by West African star musicians Wande Coal, RzBees and Sarkodie. The remix is again cool and makes good justice to […]

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The Pride of Africa (Africa-Canada Film Festival)

Vues d’Afrique’s programming director sees the festival as a forum to discover or reconnect with the continent. By T’Cha Dunlevy, GAZETTE FILM CRITIC, The Gazette MONTREAL – Gisèle Kayembe is being courted. “Montreal is trying to seduce me. We’ll see if I fall amoureuse,” said the lively Congo native and — as of 2011 — […]

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Mokoomba: Zimbabwe’s new sound (Coming to WOMAD)

The country’s music scene was decimated by Aids, but now fusion band Mokoomba have won a best newcomer world music gong. Is this the beginning of a renaissance? By Robin Denselow Abundance Mutovi was just 14 when he began playing with the other members of Mokoomba. It was in 2002, when they were at school together […]

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Rocky Dawuni & John Legend help raise funds for women worldwide

Rocky Dawuni and John Legend joined forces on Sunday, April 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, CA to help raise funds for the Women’s Campaign International organization. Rocky Dawuni and John Legend treated women to an unforgettable afternoon in sunny California with a special performance as they celebrated women and girls empowerment and leadership from across […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Fally Ipupa – Bruce

Here is a nice refreshing song from the DRC’s Fally Ipupa. The song Bruce has a fitting video clip, featuring typical classy Congolese fashion. The video is largely set around a boxing ring, showing ring rivals and also love rivals having a go at each other around the scene, following “Ali Bomaye!” shouts. The style […]

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1st African Diaspora World tourism Awards, Atlanta

by Wale Ojo-Lanre THE first ever African Diaspora World Tourism Award designed to honour and recognise trailblazers in black culture and heritage from all over the world will hold in Atlanta Georgia, USA between 26 and 28 April, 2013. The world event is packaged by an online tourism magazine dedicated to exploring the culture […]

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Taking us to the Dance: Freshlyground Interview

Ahead of Freshlyground’s London tour, Matt van Niftrik interviews Zolani and Kyla-Rose about the band’s incredible global success, their latest album Take me to the Dance, and their creepy new video… The Skype icon bounces up and down on my toolbar. That ring I’ve been waiting for since last week. “Just hold on, I’m gonna get […]

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D’banj Releases Scapegoat remix ft Kanye West

By Charles Mgbolu It was one of the songs D’banj then under Mo’Hits Records first presented to Kanye West  as soon as he (D’banj) first had an audience with the American rap star in June 2011 and not surprisingly Kanye fell in love with the song. Today, about two years later, these two music idols […]

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