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Reggae-Dancehall Artists Borrowing Heavily From Afrobeats

It has never been a secret that Jamaican Reggae and Dancehall music genre are both derived from ancient African music. The drumming, the baseline and the melodies they exude are indeed rooted in the African spirit. It is therefore not surprising that a number of the latest singles coming out from the much younger version […]

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‘99% of African digital music consumption happens via mobile’

Music distribution via ringtones and ringback tones is an unstoppable trend in Africa despite other emerging avenues such as online streaming, says an expert. “Mobile is 99% of the way music is going to be consumed and distributed in Africa,” Yoel Kenan, the chief executive officer of B2B music distribution and licensing service Africori, has […]

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Africa, On the Rise (Analysis) – Billboard

If you were to take the latest global recorded music data from the International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI), published last week, you could be forgiven for thinking that there isn’t a whole lot going on with digital music in Africa. It’s understandable why the highly regarded report is still conservative towards the continent; the data […]

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Is Penny Penny the Next Rodriguez?

Nearly 20 years later, a former janitor with a hit song in South Africa is heading to America To anyone who saw Searching for Sugar Man, the scenario is familiar: Musician makes records that generate local buzz but don’t translate into massive stardom. Musician continues working but extremely under the radar, eventually finding a day […]

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South Africa: Making the most of Africa’s culture and creativity

Cape Town (South Africa) – Africa’s wealth of cultural capital reflects a broader understanding that the creative industries can be a force for global economic growth. In Cape Town this week, a conference on Africa’s creative economy bangs the drum for art, culture and the creative industries. Policymakers looking for ways to nurture a more […]

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Africa Hub of Ideas for Filmmakers

The image of the continent on the big screen is changing as more local directors give voice to their own stories, and more international personalities change the way they depict us… Africa in Focus is a series of panels hosted at the Durban International Film Festival which examine the experiences of film-makers on the continent. […]

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Guy Buttery launches album across SA & beyond

Guitar legend Guy Buttery announces the details for an extensive national and international tour in support of the release of his first live album. South African fingerstyle guitar giant Guy Buttery announces the details for an extensive national and International tour in support of the release of his first live album. For over a decade, […]

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Shangaan Electro, the South African dance craze that hits almost 190BPM

Producer Richard ‘Nozinja’ Mthethwa discusses the electronic music genre that’s spreading worldwide ‘We want to show fans how to dance to our music; the shaking of the waist, moving arms and legs in the right way. It’s truly an art form at its best and they need to share the feeling of doing it with […]

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British People and Europeans Embracing New Wave of Afrobeats

Lately, there has been a considerable showcase of Afrobeats in the mainstream media with a number of hits topping several charts worldwide. It is widely known that the US and European demographics are often the first to get hit by most kinds of global relevant pop moments. Gangnam Style, hello! Often the US and European […]

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Sound of Africa, In China

The number of African musicians in China, especially in Guangzhou, is growing, creating new types of harmony between the two lands. Mu Qian reports. Nigerian Lo-d rates his singing by the dancing of the crowds for whom he croons. The vocalists’ shows in Gaungdong’s provincial capital are typically a writhing mix of Chinese, compatriots and […]

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Use English in Your Songs – Grammy Award Winner Tells Ghanaian Artistes

Ghanaian-born Grammy Award winning producer, Paul Yebuah popularly known as Jazzwad has advised Ghanaian artistes to incorporate some amount of English into their songs to enable them hit the international stage fully. The producer, who won the Grammy for his productions on Damian Marley’s 2006 Best Reggae Album Welcome To Jamrock which included Hey Girl […]

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Q & A: Snoop Lion – I Love African Music

American rapper, singer-songwriter, and actor, Snoop Dogg now known as Snoop Lion, who recently visited Durban, South Africa, for the MTV All Star concert told the press that he loves African music. Snoop said “to be able to come back to the origin of where music was created is special for me.” Interview: Q: What […]

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