Archive | July, 2014

Working ‘the field’ to Reap the Benefits of being Zimbabwean

Zimbabwean singer Netsayi flipped the script of an old song by fellow countryman and legendary musician Thomas Mapfumo. Her track ‘Sara Regina’ tells the story of Regina who is urged to stay home and work the field. “Stay where the hard work is, because the implication is that that’s where the biggest gain is,” Netsayi […]

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Pumeza Matshikiza: The Township Soprano who Wooed the World

One billion people watched her perform a freedom anthem at the Commonwealth Games launch. Will the South African singer pack the same punch at the Proms? Pumeza Matshikiza discovered opera as a teenager quite by accident. One day, she was switching between radio stations, and stumbled on the great Swiss soprano Edith Mathis, singing in […]

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Womad 2014: Youssou N’Dour – Senegal’s minister of sound

Womad festival headliner Youssou N’Dour tells Mark Hudson about his journey from grooves to government – and back againg> ‘When you’re outside politics, it’s very easy to say, ‘Why didn’t they think of that?’ or ‘Why are they so slow?’ But when you get inside, you realise how complicated the processes are.” Africa’s biggest music […]

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VIDEO ALERT:Davido BET Experience 2014

Nigeria star Davido was in Los Angeles, Carlifonia recently for the BET Awards, in which he he won Best International Artist: Africa. The singer made sure to chronicle his stay in the US, with a vlog. Flossing and shopping is one of the main features of the video and session with Maybach Music Group (MMG) […]

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VIDEO ALERT:WizKid – Show You The Money

Wizkid is known worldwide for his representation of Nigeria and Africa at large. His latest song “Show You The Money” is continuation of that element of him, a true Afrobeats song. The money waving and flashing theme that the Nigerian artist is also known for is also evident in the song’s lyrics. Wizzy, as he […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Awilo Longomba – Gate Le Coin

If you don’t remember hearing this playing at a party over the last decade or so, then you hardly ever attended an African party in that said period. It is Awilo Longomba’s “Gate Le Coin”, an electrified Soukous tune that was ubiquitous around radio stations and parties back in its time. The video is a […]

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VIDEO ALERT:Fuse ODG ft. Sean Paul – Dangerous Love|@FuseODG and @duttypaul

It is finally here, the movie everyone has been waiting for. No, it is not Coming to America Part 2 (although it does look like), it is Fuse ODG’s “Dangerous Love” music video, featuring Sean Paul. It is marvelous, awesome, and MTV/BET/VIVA/Every other major TV network – worthy. This time around Fuse chose the United […]

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It’s hard to talk about the history of South African music without mentioning Oscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwa, better known as Oskido.

Having launched musical heavyweights such as Boom Shaka, Bongo Maffin, Thebe and Mafikizolo, Oskido has earned himself the title “The godfather of South African dance music”. With a great understanding of local music and the ability to stay relevant in a highly competitive industry, it is no surprise he is among the most sought-after producers […]

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‘99% of African digital music consumption happens via mobile’

Music distribution via ringtones and ringback tones is an unstoppable trend in Africa despite other emerging avenues such as online streaming, says an expert. “Mobile is 99% of the way music is going to be consumed and distributed in Africa,” Yoel Kenan, the chief executive officer of B2B music distribution and licensing service Africori, has […]

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Five African Authors Battle for $17,000 Prize

listen to ‘Five African authors battle for $17,000 prize’ on Audioboo Tonight at a special ceremony in Oxford, the winner of the prestigious #Caine Prize for #African Writing will be announced. The winner takes home a prize of over 17,000 (seventeen thousand US dollars). The shortlisted authors are Diane Awerbak from South Africa, Efemia Chela, […]

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Music from Africa on World Stage

Music from the African Continent is playing a more crucial role on the international stage, according to music experts. It is more relevant now than ever before in helping “inspire and influence” the world, they say. Also, an accolade such as the Kora All Africa Awards, which reflects the diversity of music on the continent, […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata

She was the queen of Southern Afrobeat and continues to be revered in many circles as an accomplished musician and civil rights activist. On this day, we invite her to our site with this nostalgic tune, which some may relate to as a source of joy and fun during the trouble days of South Africa, […]

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