Archive | July, 2013

VIDEO ALERT: EL, M.anifest, D-Black and Sarkodie – The Chosen

A lot of people don’t know that Africa can rap better than the so-called best. Here is a BET cypher-type video of Ghanaian rappers doing their thing. The audio is both lyrical and melodious. These guys, EL, M.anifest, D-Black and Sarkodie have got what it takes to be called some of the world’s best. Representing […]

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Sotho Sounds show Junk Funk brings African music to 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Tin cans, oil drums and home-made instruments make for high-NRG township jive In recent years, homemade instruments have brought unusual sounds to records by Staff Benda Bilili (marvel at Roger Landu’s wild, electrified one-string lute) and Konono No.1 (kalimbas run through buzzing amplifiers). The latest DIY instrument builders to make a splash are southern Africa’s […]

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Chiwoniso Maraire Obituary: Guardian UK

Zimbabwean singer, songwriter and master of the mbira, a thumb piano traditionally used by male musicians The Zimbabwean musician Chiwoniso Maraire, better known as Chiwoniso or simply Chi, has died of suspected pneumonia aged 37. Chiwoniso was a singer and songwriter, and one of the country’s best-known exponents of the mbira, the traditional thumb piano, […]

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AUDIO ALERT: Blitz The Ambassador – African In New York

Rapper, Blitz The Ambassador has returned with another masterpiece. His latest track is called “African In New York”. Hailing all the way from Accra, Ghana but living in New York, Blitz tells the story of a regular African immigrant living in the Big Apple, hustling and trying to make a living, in the song African […]

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Iyanya Speaks for the First Time after UK Girl Strip Drama

When Nigerian star/Kukere master Iyanya came to UK for his 2013 tour just over a month ago, an excited female fan at the Manchester show decided to go onstage and show off her nickers, while rubbing herself in the private area. The girl had been picked among a number of girls who had been called […]

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AUDIO ALERT: 4×4 ft Iyanya and DJ Jimmy Jatt – Emujo

Ghana continues to team up with Nigeria and vice versa, in what seems to be a resurgence musical collaboration between the artists of the two West African giants following previous tensions. Nigerians, artist Iyanya and DJ Jimmy Jatt, collaborated with Ghanaian group 4×4 on an upbeat Afrobeats party track called Emujo. The chemistry between the […]

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Jasmine Dotiwala’s Uganda Premier Annual Music Video Awards Diary

“In the past 5 years, the exodus of British people to Africa for business has been huge. The continent is an untapped industry that’s ready to blow up in media, arts, culture and business,” Last week I was blessed to have been invited out to Uganda, East Africa, where I was one of 4 judges […]

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Lewes, Sussex Holds Successful Music Night in Support for Free and Fair Elections in Zimbabwe

Vibrant music, a warm atmosphere, plus wonderful food and drink all contributed to a fabulous summer evening event of African music and dance in support of human rights at the All Saints Centre, Lewes. It was organised by Lewes Amnesty International Group to raise funds for its campaign work. The focus was on the need […]

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Keitta May Try My First Batch of Condoms with Eazzy – Reggie Rockstone

Just when he introduced his personalized brand of condoms onto the local market, hiplife grandpapa, Reggie Rockstone’s product landed straight within a new list of taxable products. But the Hiplife originator, Reggie Rockstone appears unfazed by the new tax. Speaking Joy News Gladys Osei Owiredu, he says the 1% tax introduced by government on some […]

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Africa Hub of Ideas for Filmmakers

The image of the continent on the big screen is changing as more local directors give voice to their own stories, and more international personalities change the way they depict us… Africa in Focus is a series of panels hosted at the Durban International Film Festival which examine the experiences of film-makers on the continent. […]

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The African Children’s Choir Joined By The Lone Bellow & More

“The curious beauty of African music is that it uplifts even as it tells a sad tale. You may be poor, you may have only a ramshackle house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope…”—Nelson Mandela This Thursday, July 25, the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir will be joined by several […]

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Guy Buttery launches album across SA & beyond

Guitar legend Guy Buttery announces the details for an extensive national and international tour in support of the release of his first live album. South African fingerstyle guitar giant Guy Buttery announces the details for an extensive national and International tour in support of the release of his first live album. For over a decade, […]

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