Archive | November, 2014

Ret-RAW Saturdays: Hafsa ft. Banana Zorro – Pressure

Bongo Flava a fusion of hip hop, reggae, R&B, afrobeat and dancehall, is a genre that ruled the 90’s and early noughties with its often seductive rhythms. “Pressure” by Tanzanian artists Hafsa and Zorro is one such song. The melodies and the bassline associated with the genre are presented in their quality in this song. […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Joey B ft. Sarkodie – Tonga

It’s been quite a nearly a year since Ghanaian artists Joey B and Sarkodie released their “Tonga”. The 2014 year opening song was well received by listeners and it was followed up by promising promotional videos but the official thing never materialised. Now after several months of waiting, the visuals for “Tonga” are finally here. […]

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Get a Sneak Peek at New Zeelander Ladi6’s Journey to Africa

See the New Zealand star link up with African artists Nonku and Lavish in this exclusive preview. New Zealand’s neo-soul star Ladi6, aka Karoline Tamati, recently embarked on a musical pilgrimage for the upcoming film Ladi6: Return To Africa. The experience was inspired by her own journey as a musician, which began when a teenaged Tamati […]

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So Sad! P-Square’s Father Passes Away | Lola Omotayo-Okoye Shares Touching Tribute

Paul, Peter and Jude Okoye lost their mum two years ago so it is sad to hear that as of yesterday they also lost their dad. According to reports, Mr. Okoye recently had a knee surgery but had a domestic accident where he slipped and hit his head on the marble floor. There has been […]

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Africa Fashion Week Showcases the Continent’s Best Talent – Johannesburg, South Africa

The growing trend of Fashion Weeks across the African continent challenges the notion that global fashion starts in the northern hemisphere. The lights dim on the catwalk as a capacity crowd quiets in anticipation. A pounding drum rhythm builds suspense as, backstage, stylists swarm the waiting models, applying last-minute dabs of foundation, glittering lip-gloss and […]

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From Mali to Israel, a Musical Bridge

The Israeli pianist Idan Raichel was at the airport in Berlin in 2008 when he spotted the Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré and decided to introduce himself. From that chance encounter has blossomed one of the most fruitful and intriguing collaborations in the grab-bag genre known as world music, a pair of critically acclaimed CDs […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Mahmoud Ahmed – Yegeter Ioga

The horn of Africa produces some of the best sounds out of the continent, most of which has not been widely heard across the continent and by the world in general. This can be attributed to repression in some case and also to the language barrier, especially in the case of Ethiopia with its artists […]

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Africa Week 2014 Showcases Inspiring Young African Voices

“When you think of Africa, it’s very easy to hear about Kofi Annan or [Nelson] Mandela,” said Esther Soma ’16, President of the Yale African Students Association. “But this is a new generation, and the stories from that new generation have to be told.” This was the vision behind Africa Week 2014, an annual series […]

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Why I Had to Turn Down Band Aid – Fuse ODG

Saying no to Bob Geldof is one of the hardest decisions I have had to make this year. However, seeing what looked like the corpse of an African woman being carried out of her home on primetime TV when the video was premiered on X Factor crystallised my concerns about this strategy to combat the Ebola […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Band Aid 30: ‘I have my own Ebola song’ – Afrikan Boy

“One Day I Went to Lidl” rapper Afrikan Boy says he “didn’t get the call” to join Bob Geldof’s Band Aid resurrection, but devised a ditty of his own, according to this video by UK’s Channel 4, in which the artist is also featured. This announcement comes after one of Africa’s contemporary artists Fuse ODG […]

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African Dream: Uganda Fashion Label Owners Give Advice – BBC

African Dream: Meet the three women behind a Ugandan fashion label Definition Africa is a Ugandan fashion label founded by Nadia Bhegani, Olga Mugyenyi and Nahida Bhegani, which tries to source all of its raw materials on the continent. As part of the latest series of African Dream, they shared their experiences of being part […]

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With metal African instruments, Joel Laviolette makes ‘musical rain’

When Joel Laviolette lived in Zimbabwe, he played with a band several times a week in the ghetto bars of Chitungwiza. Not infrequently during these gigs, people would be seized by more than just a love of music. “On one particular occasion, while we were playing, a man became possessed,” the Austinite says. “He jumped […]

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