Archive | August 19, 2014

Belfast Mela: Wilson Magwere bangs drum for festival’s eclectic offering of international acts

African drummer Wilson Magwere was forced to flee Zimbabwe 10 years ago because of his music – but now he is bringing Belfast youngsters together with the same talent. Performing at the launch of Belfast Mela, the 35-year-old brought a smile to everyone’s face with his interactive One People, Nice People song. As well as […]

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Upstart Label ChiBase Productions Targets Worldwide Audience For African Music

As the ancestral home of American jazz and the blues, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso, the music of Africa has had a far-reaching influence on genres throughout the world. Yet contemporary African artists, with few exceptions, struggle to impact beyond the continent, or fan bases within African expatriate communities in the U.S. and Europe. The […]

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