Archive | September, 2014

VIDEO ALERT: Eminik ft. Demmie Vee & Gash – Insane (Remix)

One of UK’s major Afrobeat producers Eminik returns with the remix of his popular dance beat “Insane”. The original “Insane” beat’s dance music video starred CEO Dancers with a mash-up of several of their dance videos, and it went viral only with the beat and no vocals. This time around, two talented Lagos-based new faces […]

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Zimbabwe-born The Voice Australia contestant Thando Gets Crowd Funding

After making a name for herself with her powerful voice in the most recent series of The Voice, Thando Sikwila is busily working on her debut EP. The former-Canberran will next month head into the studio to create an album she says represents exactly who she is. “Going on The Voice really put things into […]

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Airtel & Akon Reveal Mobile Music Competition

Airtel Africa has partnered with Trace Music Star and global recording icon Akon to roll out a mobile music competition in Africa. Dubbed Airtel Trace Music Star, the competition will take place in 13 countries in francophone and anglophone Africa where Airtel has a presence. These countries include: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, […]

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A Nico & Vinz story – from Fashion Rocks to Ellen

If you not con-vinzed that Nico & Vinz ruled 2014 with their song “Am I Wrong”, then you might probably want to watch the video below. That doesn’t mean you can’t watch it even if you are con-vinzed. They have rocked stages worldwide performing the above song and others and their performances have been on […]

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Bre Musiq Bounces Out the Uk’s X-Factor With Dignity

Zimbabwean born musician Bre Musiq graceful left the X-Factor competition of the last weekend, but his journey is far from over. According to his recent post on facebook, it seems like the man who stunned judges with his rendition of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” at the auditions is just beginning. Check the post below. Hi Everyone […]

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AUDIO ALERT: Fuse ODG ft. Shimzie & Young Zondi

Here is another one from Fuse ODG. It’s called “Black Commando” and features other UK based African artists, Shinzie (Nigeria) and Young Zondi (South Africa). In this track Fuse emboldens his love and connection with Africa, hailing all the ‘commandos’ from all across Africa. From what we have gathered, a commando is a boss type […]

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2014 All Africa Music Awards: Davido, Mafikizolo Leads Nominee List

Davido will be flying Nigeria’s flag high at the 2014 All Africa Music Awards after leading the nominee list with 6 nods. South African duo Mafikizolo also managed to grab 6 nominations. P-Square, Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Flavour, Burna Boy, Patoranking, Yemi Alade, Temi Dollface, Del B all also managed to grab nominations. Voting on the […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Dr Sakis – Volcanic Girls

There is nothing as entertaining as a the DRC’s soukous dance music video. You might not need to necessarily watch one because you love the song, but maybe because of the dance moves that are featured on it. Soukous ruled the large part of the 90’s as a staple on the African music scene, not […]

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Q & A ALERT: Stromae on Being One of Europe’s Music Superstars and the Saddest Time to Be at the Club

Stringbean-skinny, androgynous, and biracial, Paul Van Haver is one of Europe’s biggest music sensations. Known as Stromae, the Belgian-Rwandan artist’s hip-hop-infused dance album Racine Carrée (Square Root) has sold nearly 3 million copies since it was released last year. The explosive lead single “Papaoutai,” about absent fathers (Van Haver’s was killed in the 1994 Rwandan […]

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Africa Now 2014 at the Apollo Theater|New York

The 3rd edition of the Africa Now weekend festival will take place Thursday-Sunday, October 9-12, 2014 at the Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th Street in New York. The festival will showcase today’s South Africa’s music scene as the country commemorates the 20th Anniversary of Mandela’s Inauguration. While venues around New York City mark the occasion […]

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Singer Angélique Kidjo: The Women of Africa Are Paying the Price of Climate Change

As up to 400,000 filled the streets, Democracy Now! did an exclusive three-hour global broadcast from the heart of the People’s Climate March in New York City. We air highlights of the special, beginning with the Grammy Award–winning Béninoise musician and activist Angélique Kidjo. TRANSCRIPT This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in […]

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Idris Elba To Release ‘Mi Mandela’; A Celebration Of South African Music Inspired By Nelson Mandela

Inspired by his recent role as Nelson Mandela in ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’, Idris Elba has curated, written and produced ‘mi Mandela’, an album of songs which “uncovers some of South Africa’s most gifted yet largely undiscovered world music talents”. Blending South African and British artists, the album will be released on November 24th […]

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