Archive | May, 2014

Ret-RAW Saturdays: Koffi Olomide – Loi

Noone needed to understand what Congolese singer Koffi Olomide and his Quartier Latin International band were saying in this song before they got up to groove to it. It was in the late 90’s when Koffi dropped the album “Loi” and got the world vibrating to the title track. At, and a long time after […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Tiwa Savage – Wanted

“Up in the streets, they call murder!” is a phrase that was originally coined by renowned Jamaican singer Ini Kamoze on his 1984 hit entitled “World A Music”. It was later sampled by several artists, including Bob Marley’s son Damian, on the anthem “Welcome to Jamrock”. Now it has been sampled by none other than […]

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D’Banj Wins Best Selling African Artist at the World Music Awards

According to media reports, Nigerian artist D”Banj has won ‘Best Selling African Artist’ award at the 2014 World Music Awards which took place on Tuesday 27th of May at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco. It is also said that D’Banj performed at this event alongside artists such as Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, […]

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Fuse ODG Announces First ODG Female Signing

Riding on an unprecedented Afrobeats wave, pioneer artist Fuse ODG has come out to announce yet another first. This time it’s not about one of his Afrobeats tunes break a record in international charts, but about a signing. The “Antenna” singer announce via twitter yesterday that his Afrobeats music based label Off Da Ground, simply […]

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Amani: Kenyan Music Industry has Matured

Celebrated Kenyan songstress Amani has praised the Kenyan showbiz industry saying at has shaped up and become a lucrative sector. “We rarely seem to see how far we have come from but looking back, we have really made a lot of progress as an industry,” she told MondayBlues. The singer whose song Kiboko Changu, featuring […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Salif Keita – Nous Pas Bouger

He is rated as the “Golden Voice of Africa” and he has reached heights that many African artists have not yet reached. Casting his albinism to the side, he managed to carve a musical niche that has his sound reverberate across the world and over, despite being a direct descendant of the founder of the […]

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MIXTAPE ALERT: Nollege Wizdumb – Wizely Done: The unMiXed Tape|@NOLLEGEWIZDUMB

“Zaria born but I rep it all; via Murtala they shipped me to abroad” stated Nollege Wizdumb in a song – a succinct explanation of his upbringing. Nollege Wizdumb was born in Zaria, Nigeria. At 9 years old, Nollege was interested in playing drums so much so that he used to make home-made drums out […]

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Marlon Wayans to host 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards

Cape Town – The organisers have chosen an American, and not someone living in Africa, as the official host of the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA’s) taking place in Durban on 7 June, with the American comedian Marlon Wayans who will visit South Africa to preside over the awards show.The MTV Africa Music Awards is returning […]

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South African Holds Her Own Among Jamaican Legends

It was a reggae reunion as singers Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt put in memorable performances at last Friday’s staging of the Women’s Health Network’s (WHN) Africa-Jamaica Connection held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. After putting in solid solo performances earlier on in the evening, the legendary I Threes singers joined each […]

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Johnny Clegg Band Vocalist Bongani Masuku Murdered

Bongani Masuku, a longstanding vocalist with the hugely popular South African Johnny Clegg Band was murdered in Johannesburg, Gauteng at the weekend. The band had just returned from a 67-day tour of North America where they performed 45 shows. Clegg (above left) posted a short notice on his website and Facebook page yesterday stating that […]

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Tim Westwood: A British DJ’s Passion for Nigerian Music

Tim Westwood has such a big and influential programme on radio that in 2006, David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party and leader of the opposition, who is now British Prime Minister, expressed concern about the kind of influence that the popular On-Air Personality may have on the youths. But Westwood was recently received with […]

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African Beats are Back, Under New Management

A new sound is bringing sunny positivity to the charts thanks to the input of African and African-heritage artists. Pop-dance hits with links to Nigeria and Ghana have been enjoying both high placings and longevity – a sign that something significant is taking place. This phenomenon has acquired a name – Afrobeats – to differentiate […]

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