Archive | September 16, 2013

South African singer Jeanette Akua has the ‘Xhosa Factor’

South African-born X Factor UK contestant Jeanette Akua wowed the judges with more than just her singing voice, making it through to the bootcamp stage of the talent competition with her rendition of ‘Skinny Love’ South African singer Jeanette Akua has secured her place in The X Factor bootcamp with her rendition of Bon Iver’s […]

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First Listen: Rokia Traoré, ‘Beautiful Africa’

  Singer, songwriter and guitarist Rokia Traoré has always been a sophisticate. She grew up as the daughter of a diplomat who was posted in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Her most recent stage project was Desdemona, a critically acclaimed theater piece riffing on Shakespeare’s Othello, done in collaboration with novelist Toni Morrison and renowned theater director […]

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