Archive | June, 2013

VIDEO ALERT: Metamore – I’m Sincere

Metamore is building up his stamina with new productions and various material. The ambitious Malawian-UK artist has come up with a new music video for the song called “I’m Sincere”. Coming from a man who used to call hip-hop his primary genre, sincere is not such a simple word. I’m Sincere comes with a simple […]

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African Music Event on Saturday at Walthamstow Cricket Club

A live band, African Night Fever DJ, a family friendly African-centric mix of music and a drumming workshop will appear at the Walthamstow Cricket Club, in Greenway Avenue, on Saturday from 730pm until 1145pm. The event is suitable for all ages and tickets are available on the door at £7.50 for adults, £6 for OAPs […]

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Mali hits Glastonbury: Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara and more

When music was banned in Mali, the organisers of Glastonbury festival swung into action and invited the country’s top acts over. Here’s what to look out for. When it comes to African music, Glastonbury stands taller than most A-list rock’n’roll festivals. Way back in 1982, the percussion wig-outs of Nigeria’s King Sunny Ade were a revelation to me: […]

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Iyanya Blazes Through The UK

There might have been some notable incidents at Iyanya’s recent UK shows, but there sure was some electricity. The singer who is popular for his Kukere song, left a mark in the heart of the UK with 2 great performances. In London they say he thrilled, in Manchester we saw him blazing. The main reason […]

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Wizkid Survives Car Crash

Ayo Wizkid Balogun survived an auto mobile accident in Lekki, Lagos after his newly acquired Porsche Panarama burst a tire, slammed into a road barrier, thankfully didn’t somersault but screeched dangerously to a halt with the damaged hood facing the side of the road. Wizkid was unhurt with reports stating he was immediately whisked away in another […]

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Youssou N’Dour Takes Senegal to The World

Doha, Qatar – Youssou N’Dour sits with delicate poise on a couch in the plush lobby of the St Regis hotel, in conversation with colleagues over domestic politics, as he waits for President Macky Sall to emerge from a meeting in an adjacent room. Dressed in a dark blue suit, black-square framed spectacles, the slightly […]

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South Africa’s New Music: We Are The ‘Post Rainbow’ Kids

Twenty five years on from the landmark Nelson Mandela concert at Wembley, a fresh wave of South African musicians are forging a new identity. In July 1988, the first Nelson Mandela birthday concert was held at Wembley Stadium. Mixing with Sting, Dire Straits and Stevie Wonder, South African acts like Ladysmith BlackMambazo, Miriam Makeba and […]

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Girl Strips For Iyanya at UK Kukere Concert

Nigerian musical heartthrob Iyanya got many female fans drooling when he passed through the UK for his album launch campaign, but he definitely got one fan going the extra mile. While in Manchester, a female fan was called up onstage to give a bootilicious dance over one of Iyanya’s classical songs in front of multitudes […]

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Fatai Rolling Dollar Dies: Nigeria’s Jonathan Pays Tribute

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has paid tribute to veteran highlife musician Fatai Rolling Dollar who died on Wednesday. The guitarist and singer had “enthralled his teeming followers” during a career of more than 64 years, Mr Jonathan said. Fatai was best known for his song, They Cannot Match Us, which criticised younger generations. The exact […]

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Tonto Dike Speaks on Her Fall at Iyanya’s London Concert

Controversial actress turned singer Tonto Dike strutted onto the stage to perform at Iyanya’s Kukere Concert on the 9th of June 2013 in London only to hit the floor moments later. It’s her most famous fall and it got social media buzzing at once. Tonto Dike has found it imperative to clear the air concerning […]

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Choirs Put on an African musical

A REAL family treat featuring Crawley school choirs is taking place next week. Two school choirs, the town’s own Songbirds Choir and composer Alexander L’Estrange are coming together to perform Zimbe! Pound Hill Junior School’s choir, Oriel High School’s choir and the Songbirds will be performing the acclaimed piece, which is based on African music. […]

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Sister Deborah’s ‘Uncle Obama’ Video Hits 1 Million Views and Still Growing

This is a special moment in the career for blood sister of Wanlov Da Kubolor, Sister Deborah who recently surpassed 1 million views on YouTube. Famed for the ‘Uncle Obama’ song and music video which has a catchy tune with an irresistible hook, the song has also helped propel her to stardom. This latest milestone […]

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