Archive | April, 2015

VIDEO ALERT: Afrikan Boy ft. Adio West – M.I.A (Made In Africa)

Nigerian-British rapper Afrikan Boy is making sure to tell the story of his roots. With the song M.I.A (Made In Africa), AB narrates on how Africa has influenced him and his music, even though he has been largely based overseas. The Konrad OldMoney produced song also addresses identity matters and nostalgia. The song is taken […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Various Artists – Adera (Song Dedicated to Ethiopians Killed in Libya South Africa Yemen and Saudi Arabia)

Music can bring out a lot of different emotions in people, among them joy. The artists in the video below have decided to use music to bring consolation and healing to the friends and families of Ethiopians who have lost their lives recently via different tragic events in the world, such as terrorism by ISIS. […]

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Q & A ALERT: Mulatu Astatke On Promoting East African Music & Africa’s Influence On The World

April 13th, 2015. 5:30pm. Ghion Hotel just outside of the African Jazz Village Club. Addis Ababa. Age is not a factor for the great Dr. Mulatu Astatke. On any given Saturday, you can catch the 71-year-old Ethio-jazz inventor hopping back and forth from the timbales, congas and, of course, vibraphone with the same tenacity as […]

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VIDEO ALERT: John Falsetto – (Sam Smith’s) Stay With Me (Cover) aka Stay With Me, Mbira Version

The Mbira is a unique but underrated instrument with roots in Southern and East African countries. Known to some as a thumb piano, it consists of staggered metal pieces attached to a wooden board and it is sometimes encased in a wooden resonator. It is known by different names in different regions of Africa where […]

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‘Electronic Africa’ at Red Bull Music Academy Festival – Brooklyn, NY, USA

“Electronic Africa,” this Friday at Villain in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is the first night of the monthlong Red Bull Music Academy New York festival. This festival’s programming tends to expose secret histories of old music or uncover thriving, noncommercialized scenes of new music; true to form, this is not the organic, lilting African music of Putumayo […]

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Solange Knowles in Maki Oh – @ BET NY Upfronts Event

The Knowles sisters definitely know how to show love for Nigerian designers. Last week Bella Naija shared a photo of Beyoncé in Frock It Rock It‘s sheer dress, and it’s now common fashion knowledge that Solange also loves her share of Nigerian fashion after being spotted in Duro Olowu, William Okpo and more. On Thursday 23rd […]

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South African Musicians ‘Ashamed’ and ‘Disgusted’ by Xenophobic Violence

Local musicians have collectively made an impassioned appeal for an immediate stop to the violence. JOHANNESBURG – South African musicians have come out against the xenophobic violence which rocked the country over the past few weeks. Artists Simphiwe Dana, K.O., Cassper Nyovest, Kelly Khumalo, Kurt Darren, Loyiso Bala and Skwatter Kamp collectively have made an […]

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Grammy Winner Chris Berry ‘Drums’ up some Passion in New Zealand

Grammy award winning singer songwriter Chris Berry who lives to the drum of his own beat after feeling “the pull” of African music, has dedicated his career to helping others feel what he feels. Invited to Palmerston North (New Zealand) by musician and teacher Jennifer Moss, Berry will be holding a two day workshop, sharing […]

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Appalachian African Community Hosts Fashion Show – USA

The fashions of multiple African nations were represented Saturday at the Appalachian African Community’s fashion show in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union. The countries included Somalia, Ghana, Congo, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Senegal and Zimbabwe, among others. “The show included musical and drum performances in addition to an international food tasting,” said […]

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Tanzania’s Mayunga Wins Airtel Trace Music Stars Africa Title

TANZANIA’S representative to the Airtel Trace Music Stars Africa competition, Nalimi Mayunga, has emerged winner. The final of the biggest pan-African music competition involving contestants from 13 African countries was held in Naivasha, Kenya. “I’m overwhelmed to see incredible talents displayed by all 13 contestants,” global recording icon and one of the event’s judges Akon […]

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Slough to Celebrate the Achievements of Britain’s African and Caribbean Communities

  RESIDENTS are invited to experience the history and achievements of Britain’s African and Caribbean communities. A month-long event celebrating black history will conclude with the sights and sounds of Africa filling Slough High Street, on Saturday, April 25, between noon and 4pm. It will feature West African and Zimbabwean music and dance, a traditional […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays -> Bongo Maffin – Makeba

Back when Xenophobia was not the main topic in South Africa, you could hear sounds such as those of Bongo Maffin’s multi cultural, multi-lingual group with songs such as this one, “Makeba”. Fronted by Thandiswa Mazwai (who sung in Xhosa), Stone (who rapped in Tswana) and Appleseed (who rapped in Shona), the group brought about […]

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