Archive | February, 2015

Ret-RAW Saturdays: Magic System – Premiere Gaou

Now, what sort of African party would it be without this classic being played. Ivorian group Magic System made their name with several songs but “Premiere Gaou” was the one that stuck out like a sore thumb. The song released in the late nineties made it into a number of mainstream radio and video channels […]

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Uganda Christina Matovu Sails Through to the Knock Out Stages of The Voice UK

Ugandan-British soul singer Christina Matovu walked off the ‘The Voice UK’ stage with a feeling of pride after battling it out with Jade Hewitt on tonight’s show. “Oh my God, that was crazy” were the remarks that came from Christina as she walked out of the studio. This is after she had wowed the judges […]

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Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscars Dress Has Been Stolen!

Pearl-adorned gown worth £100k was half-inched from hotel room… Lupita Nyong’o had one of the most-distinctive gowns on the red carpet at The Oscars this year, but sadly the £100,000 dress was stolen in the aftermath of the big event. TMZ reports that the frock – decorated with 6,000 Akoya pearls – was stolen at […]

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Don Jazzy Buys Items Worth Half a Million Naira for Followers

Multi award-winning record producer, singer-songwriter, musician, CEO of Mavin Records, Michael Collins Ajereh, better known as Don Jazzy, has given out items worth half a million naira to his followers on micro-blogging site-Twitter, in celebration of his and Tiwa Savage endorsement deal with online shopping site, Konga. The self-aclaimed leader of the Supreme Mavin Dynasty […]

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Songhoy Blues review – exuberant African R&B

“This is dedicated to our father Ali Farka Touré,” announced lead singer Aliou Touré, somewhat confusingly, as the band launched into a song that started like a speeded-up African blues by Mali’s legendary guitarist, but then spiralled away into a furious and exuberant Hendrix-like improvisation, driven on by insistent bass and drums. Songhoy Blues are […]

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Lupita Nyong’o is Wearing Custom Calvin Klein On The Oscars 2015 Red Carpet

Lupita Nyong’o walks the red carpet in a plunging custom Calvin Klein gown featuring a pearl-embellished bodice at the 2015 Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday (Feb. 22) in Hollywood. Lupita may be an Oscar winning actress, but she is still a newcomer to Hollywood. Only scored her first major film role […]

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‘Timbuktu’ Director Wants More Cinema from West Africa

(Reuters) – The Oscar nomination of “Timbuktu”, a film about the occupation of the Malian desert town by al Qaeda-linked Islamists in 2012, should not mask the lack of established cinema from West Africa, its director said. Up for the Best Foreign Language Film at Sunday’s ceremony, Abderrahmane Sissako’s film has already won two awards […]

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Trio Da Kali Brings the Unique Sound of African Music to The Stables

THE three musicians of Trio Da Kali hail from the Mande culture of Mali, from a heritage of distinguished griots, the caste of specialist hereditary musical artisans. Their performance offers a rare glimpse into the soul of the griot’s art, celebrating the African continent’s finest, most subtle and sublime music. The trio’s performance revolves around […]

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Somalian Autumn Sharif wows The Voice UK’s Judges

19 year old Londoner Autumn Sharif overcame her shyness to thrill judges on tonight’s The Voice UK show. The girl of Somalian descent highlighted before her performance how she was “a little bit shy, introverted….” followed with an uncomfortable grin and the words “I’m usually really really nervous every time i perform and it’s only […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Matongo Family – Manuva

Formed in 1990s by a group of high school mates – Stravo, Damara Dikding and Thembizo, Afro-pop group Matongo Family enjoyed success in the Namibian entertainment scene through collecting several prestigious awards, until its breakup in 2008. One of their notable and outstanding releases is no doubt the party tune “Manuva”. A track that still […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Fena Gitu – African King

The title “African King” can be thrust upon or claimed by anyone, but who is best to thrust it upon someone than an African Queen. Songstress Fena Gitu from Kenya is one such individual and she is singing her praises for her “African King” in her song by the same name. Her king seems to […]

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Experience Music Project (EMP) to Debut Fruits of Kenya-Seattle Arts Collaboration

Almost 9,000 miles away from Seattle lies the Young Generation Centre located in Kisumu, Kenya. This part orphanage, part music and arts center for youth is acting as a catalyst for conversation between videographers, photographers, musicians and humanitarians in the two cities, demonstrating the immense power of human connection through the arts. On February 21, […]

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