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Is This The Year That African Music Will Conquer The United States?

Whether it’s through hip-hop, R&B, Top 40 radio or Internet memes, Drake is a ubiquitous presence on our cultural landscape. Yet for all of his inescapable hits in the past few years (“Hotline Bling,” “Started From the Bottom,” guesting on Rihanna’s “Work,” to name a few), it was only in May that Drake finally topped […]

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How Nigerian Artists Made Their Mark On British Music

The achievements of a new generation of artists have not just helped shape British pop, but given a sense of pride to the diaspora “At school, the African kids used to lie and say they were Jamaican.” Those were the words of Skepta (aka Joseph Junior Adenuga) during a recent profile in the Fader. He […]

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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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PHOTO ALERT: Lupita Nyong’o-Inspired Glasses To Wear With Fancy Dresses

So what if Lupita Nyong’o wasn’t nominated for any Golden Globes this year? The actress still managed to shut down the show last night with a single accessory moment — for the second year in a row. At last year’s Oscar ceremony, the 12 Years A Slave actress single-handedly dethroned Blair Waldorf as headband queen […]

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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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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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Nico & Vinz’s Diverse Backgrounds Influence Music

LOS ANGELES — If you’re tired of hearing Nico & Vinz’s worldwide hit “Am I Wrong,” the Norwegian duo knows just how you feel. The 23-year-old musicians from the Oslo suburbs released the optimistic, ambition-focused song in April 2013. It hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, sold 2 million tracks and led to […]

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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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Mulatu Astatke: Spreading ethio-jazz to the world

You’d expect a conversation with Mulatu Astake to be about music. He is, after all, the father of a musical genre: Ethio-jazz. But when he talks about the art form, he tends to focus on its scientific merits. “When you start talking about jazz, they’re usually telling us that Africans contributed to the rhythm parts […]

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MTV EMA Best African Act Nominees are Out

There is not much of a surprise with the names of African acts that are up on the MTV Europe Music Awards Best African Act 2014 list. The names that popped this year are indeed on the list with the exception of a couple of conspicuously and rather debatably absent names. 2014 Nominees Ok let’s […]

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ANALYSIS: Are ‘Nico & Vinz’ Wrong?|@NicoandVinz

These guys have come like a hurricane in the year 2014. Their story has already been told via several media outlets and they are definitely not strangers to many. They are Nico & Vinz and they have made their mark with their unmistakable hit single “Am I Wrong”. The Norway based duo Nico “Nico” Sereba […]

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