Archive | November, 2013

West African Musical Sensation ‘Bombino’ Tours Boston

Omara Moctar, who goes by the name “Bombino,” is a guitarist and singer from the Agadez region of Niger with a cult following all across West Africa. His rich, trance-like music has hints of the blues and rock and roll, but for the most part it evokes the dramatic desert world he comes from. Bombino […]

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$1.8 million gift will let Museum of African Art explore Omani-East African links

  The National Museum of African Art announced a $1.8 million gift Tuesday, the largest in the museum’s history, from the sultanate of Oman to explore linkages between Omani and East African arts and culture. The multi-year program, “Connecting the Gems of the Indian Ocean: From Oman to East Africa,” will begin in 2014 and include […]

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South Africa: Artist Focus: The Parlotones

The Parlotones are a rock band from Johannesburg who have, since forming in 1998, gone on to put South African rock music on the international map. The band career highlights include 2 platinum and 3 double platinum albums, performing at the FIFA World Cup kick off concert, Live Earth, Olympics as well as performances in […]

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Ace US-Nigerian Rapper Wale Touches Down In Nigeria For The First Time

Maybach Music Group rapstar Wale aka Olubowale Victor Akintimehin touched down to in Nigeria yesterday, for the first time. Wale, who was born to Nigeria parents in Washington DC to Nigerian parents has never been shy to associate himself with the country and Africa. In the video below, in which Wale expressed his joy after […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Akon responds to “dark skinned girls” reports

Last week, reports surfaced that American music star Akon and Nigerian star Wizkid refused dark skinned girls from appearing in their music video shoot in Ghana. They allegedly only wanted “Half-Caste” ladies. Akon was present at the 2013 American Music Awards on Sunday 24th November 2013. After the awards show, he was spotted heading to […]

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At Tel Aviv club, Ethiopian music rocks the house

Well, only on Fridays. But the tunes are so energetic you don’t need to be a veteran African dancer to get the beat. It was 1:45 A.M. when singer and pianist Yossi Mersha and saxophonist Nadav Haber walked onto the small stage of Tel Aviv’s Menelik Club to get ready for their performance. The club, […]

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Leni Stern Explores the Music of Senegal

Leni Stern Jelell (Leni Stern Recordings, 2013) Jazz guitarist Leni Stern has been working with African musicians for the past years, blending jazz fusion with West African beats, vocals and melodies. Her new album Jelell, recorded in Dakar (Senegal), continues these explorations with a focus on the music of Senegal. The band on Jelell includes Leni stern on guitars, […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Octopizzo – Nini

If you thought the Lil Waynes of this world only reside in the USA or other western countries then you need to think twice. Here is Octopizzo, from Kenya. Check his video out and the story he has to tell. The song is all about obviously working hard….then obtaining the jewelry, balling, spending money and […]

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Toumani Diabaté with Sidiki Diabaté and Trio Da Kali – review

Royal Festival Hall, London The world’s most celebrated kora exponent plays his first live debut with his son, Sidiki This was an historic night for Toumani Diabaté, the world’s most celebrated kora exponent. “Salaam alaikum, London,” he said, introducing the young man seated next to him, who was also playing the 21-stringed West African harp. “This […]

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Sultry Victoria Kimani will be the only Kenyan Artist Performing at Channel O Awards

All star performers are set to illuminate the stage using the force of sound to send reverberations across Africa on what promises to be a memorable night. The Channel O Africa Music Video Awards take place on Saturday, 30 November at Walter Sisulu Square, in Kliptown Soweto – and will be broadcast LIVE across Africa […]

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VIDEO ALERT: CEO Dancers & Eminik – Insane Dance

This is how it’s done when it comes to making an electro/dance music video. Who ever thought that African dance and an uptempo electro/house beat go hand in hand so well. If you look at this presentation by Eminik (Nigerian music producer) featuring a collection of clips by the African dance collective CEO dancers, you […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Trevor Noah – Live At The Apollo

For those who don’t know who Trevor Noah is and haven’t seen his stand up shows, you have been missing out heavily. He is a mixed race South African, born to a Xhosa mother and a Swiss father, and likes to make comedy banter out of that situation. That is certainly not his only ammo. […]

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