Archive | January, 2015

Ret-RAW Saturdays: Ismaël Lô – Jammu Africa

Senegalese maestro Ismaël Lô is deinitely one of our favourite old school artists here at Diasporaw.net. It is not his first time featuring on our Ret-RAW Saturdays post. He was once featured with one of his other anthems, “Tajabone”. Here is yet another one of his classics, “Jammu Africa”. He can be heard wailing in […]

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“Timbuktu”: A timely African Film on Islam — and a Spectacular Breakthrough

The wrenching, Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” depicts Mali under jihadist rule — but it’s far more than an issue drama Even when you get past the eerie-coincidence level of Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” — a film about the causes, consequences and contradictions of Islamic extremism, made by an African director who lives in France – it’s an […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Mista Silva ft. E.L. – Cool It Down

  MOBO Nominee and UMA Winner Mista Silva, fresh off a trip to Ghana, hits us with “Cool It Down” featuring award winning Rapper and Sarkodie’s producer E.L.. This track is yet another teaser off Silva’s forthcoming EP “Let It Off”. The fruitful trip to the motherland, which has seen him collaborate with the likes of R2Bees, Bisa Kdei and […]

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African Hip-Hop Is Bridging Culture Gaps in China

China Remix looks at African immigrant communities in China’s “Chocolate City,” celebrating the power of rap music to bring communities together. ; The first nonstop flight from Africa to China took off in 2008. It would be reasonable to expect that it was bound for Beijing, the cultural and political capital of China. Or to […]

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Wizkid and Fally Ipupa Amongst ‘Most Followed’ Africans on Twitter.

According to MGAfrica.com, Nigerian and Congolese artists Wizkid and Fally Ipupa respectively are among the most followed Africans on twitter, with Wizkid, aka Starboy even beating the Kenyan president and a Tanzanian politician, who are the only one of their kind on the list. The poll shows a nation by nation leader and has Wizkid […]

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We Are Charlie: A Pretoria Trio That’s Fun and Carefree – Just Like Their Music

If Vampire Weekend and Desmond and The Tutus had a child, We are Charlie would be the result. Lead singer Dylan Christie met Drummer Wesley Reinecke at school and after a jam session together they became “musical soulmates”. They met guitarist Rowan van Eeden shortly after. The name we are Charlie comes from an anecdote […]

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Q&A ALERT: Akon – ‘America was never built for black people’

The Senegalese-American recording artist talks frankly about US race relations, “rebranding” Africa, and his music. Senegalese-American artist Akon is a five-time Grammy nominee who has sold over 35 million records worldwide, and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in popular music, such as Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga and David Guetta. The […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Nigerian Comedian Basketmouth Opens A Church

Have ever gone to a church, a Christian church that is, particularly an eccentrically named over the top Pentecostal one, with an overzealous pastor who leaves you more confused about the gospel, a few hundred poorer, but yet fired up for reasons you can not really explain to others. Nigerian comedian Basketmouth’s “The Church of […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Orchestra Super Mazembe – Shauri Yako

“Shauri Yako” was originally performed by Nguashi Ntimbo and Festival Du Zaire, but it was made an international hit in the 80’s by Orchestra Super Mazembe, a then Kenya based band with roots in Zaire’s (now the DRC) Super Vox band. The Lingala (Soukous) music outfit, refixed the song in such a way that its sound did […]

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Nigerian Producer, Fliptyce to work with Dr Dre’s Record Label

Popular Nigerian producer, Fliptyce, who is responsible for making hits like ‘Chop My Money’ by P-Square including the remix with Akon is set to work with Aftermath Entertainment, owned by Dr. Dre. The music producer has signed a management deal with True Shine Entertainment owned by Orion “OP1″ Peace, an entrepreneur, rapper/record producer and social […]

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SA’s Parlotones To Embark on UK 2015 Tour in March

The Parlotones are back touring the United Kingdom adding Dublin in Ireland to the mix during March 2015. The Parlotones are Kahn Morbee, Neil Pauw and brothers Glen and Paul Hodgson. They formed over 10 years ago and achieved massive success in their home country of South Africa. They released their first album Episoda in […]

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African (Nigeria & SA) Rap Legends Making a Collabo Album

The two great African rappers are mulling on the idea of doing a collaborative rap project. When it comes to rap legends in the continent of Africa it doesn’t get any bigger thanModenine from Nigeria, and Proverb from South Africa. Both lyricists have served as the foundation of Hip Hop in their respective countries by […]

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