Archive | October, 2014

In The Wake Of Ebola, An African Music Wave Thrives

During early April, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars – one of Africa’s best-known bands to make a successful go in the United States – embarked on a tour of the country, which was booked through the summer. Just weeks after they departed, however, the Ebola virus started sweeping through and ravishing West Africa. Unable to extend their […]

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African Musicians Band Together to Raise Ebola Awareness

Song lyrics give clear advice on protection from the disease as international NGOs make unprecedented appeal for funds Some of Africa’s best-known musicians have recorded a song to raise awareness of Ebola and help people understand how they can protect themselves from the disease. The song, Africa Stop Ebola, features contributions from the Malian musicians Amadou & […]

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VIDEO ALERT: GStyl – Another Level

UK based Nigerian duo AK and Topman, otherwise known as G-Styl have recently released their tune “Another Level”, with lyrics giving praise to the way a certain female twists her waist line. With dynamic melodies and rap bars, the duo delivered their message on the heavy bass centred Afrobeats track, produced by O.Y.. It is […]

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Africa’s Musical Crusaders: New Generation of Griots

Africa produces its fair share of aspirational pop with glossy videos featuring fast cars and seemingly faster women. But peer under the hedonistic surface and you discover there are musicians all over the continent who are worthy successors to the griots, Africa’s traditional storytellers, says DJ Rita Ray. West Africa’s griots or jalis, are often […]

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Afrovibes Brings South African Music, Theatre, Dance and Visual Art to Nottingham City, UK

Afrovibes UK swung into Nottingham at the weekend. The biennial festival, which made its debut in 2010, runs for six days offering an array of live theatre, music, dance and visual arts from South Africa. Events are taking place at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Nottingham Playhouse, New Art Exchange and the Theatre Royal. Vocal trio The […]

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Ciara & Future Cheating Scandal: Is Singer Tinashe His Other Woman?

Ciara and Future are back on after ending their engagement due to his alleged cheating, but a new report claims that singer Tanashe was Future’s other woman — and that it’s getting serious! Could Ciara and Future be on the rocks again? Poor Ciara! Shorty after giving birth to son Future Zahir in May, Ciara, 29, ended […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Kid Ink ft. Usher & Tinashe – Body Language

US rapper Kid Ink has just released the video of his new single “Body Language” which features Usher and Zimbabwean-American singer Tinashe. The video for the Stargate and Cashmere Cat song was directed by Darren Craig and shot in Atlanta. As the song title suggests, the video is full of suggestive body language and the […]

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African Fashion With A Swedish Touch

Swedish entrepreneur Cecilia Östman has always had a passion for fashion. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York she worked with international labels including Ralph Lauren. But Östman says although enjoying being employed, like most designers she aspired to have her own brand someday. Her two sisters and mother had always […]

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Shatta Wale Making a Splash

At the October 4 Martin’s International Reggae and World Music Awards in Miami, African singjay Shatta Wale won the Best New Entertainer category. The Ghanaian artiste, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr, is known in his homeland for songs such as Dancehall King, Enter The Net and Like My Ting. He told the Jamaica Observer […]

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Fuse ODG Cops a Second Consecutive Best African Act MOBO Award

He has done it again, after being nominated in 3 categories in the MOBO Awards, Ghanaian-British musician Fuse ODG managed to walk away with one, Best African Act. Fuse was nominated in Best Song and Best Male Act but lost out to British singer ma Smith in the other two categories. Fuse beat fellow nominees, […]

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The Dust and Sheen of South African Hip Hop – Heather Maxwell

When I first heard the current hit South African song “Caracara” I knew I wanted to meet this crew. If there’s a winning recipe for feeling good, at least for 3:52 seconds, “Caracara” is it. The lazy, urban tempo, the sexy flow, and simple catchy hook is infectious. One listen drove me straight to Youtube […]

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Namvula Review – half Scottish, half Zambian Newcomer is a True Original

The Forge, London Showcasing her new album, Namvula performed an adventurous and impressive set that blended African styles with jazz Namvula Rennie is a singer-songwriter whose attractively cool, unusual songs reflect her interesting history. Born in Zambia to a Zambian mother and Scottish father, she has lived in Switzerland, Kenya, the US and now London, […]

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