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FORTUNATE SON: Davido’s Upbringing Was Almost Impossibly Blessed

Now, he’s leveraging his resources to model the future of African pop. Once, while on a Greyhound layover in Birmingham, Alabama, David Adedeji Adeleke, the Nigerian pop star now better known as Davido, spotted a familiar face on the CD rack of a bus station rest stop. Packed between sections for Top 40 and oldies […]

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Singing for Nelson Mandela ‘was unforgettable’, says Simphiwe Dana

IT IS more than 10 years since Simphiwe Dana sang for Nelson Mandela on his birthday. She got a standing ovation. It was the former president’s 84th birthday, and Dana was relatively unknown at the time, but the experience was unforgettable, she says. “It was a song I never released because it was a song […]

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African Musicians Band Together to Raise Ebola Awareness

Song lyrics give clear advice on protection from the disease as international NGOs make unprecedented appeal for funds Some of Africa’s best-known musicians have recorded a song to raise awareness of Ebola and help people understand how they can protect themselves from the disease. The song, Africa Stop Ebola, features contributions from the Malian musicians Amadou & […]

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10 African hip-hop artists missing from your playlist

ONE OF THE most succinct and articulate quotes on mainstream hip-hop over the past decade came from Erykah Badu and is doing the rounds on social media again. It goes a little something like this: How y’all gonna stand by and let our music turn into pop techno cornball ass music? Well Erykah, I don’t know, […]

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World stars of Africa Express seek to revive Mali’s music industry

A collective of musicians from around the world, known as Africa Express, is in the Malian capital, Bamako to give the music industry a much-needed boost. The event is taking place just a few months after the defeat, by French-led troops, of Islamist militants who took over the northern part of the country last year. […]

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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 ALERT: Interview with D.C. Diaspora’s Finest Duo: Mongezi Ntaka and Kuku

I got a call from a friend recently who said she had a couple of musicians she wanted me to meet. Their names are Mongezi Ntaka and Kuku. I hear boisterous background chatter and laughter. She tells me she’s with them right now and do I want to talk to them? My mind is making […]

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Mokoomba: Zimbabwe’s new sound (Coming to WOMAD)

The country’s music scene was decimated by Aids, but now fusion band Mokoomba have won a best newcomer world music gong. Is this the beginning of a renaissance? By Robin Denselow Abundance Mutovi was just 14 when he began playing with the other members of Mokoomba. It was in 2002, when they were at school together […]

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Shimmering, sweet sound of Diallo

By Stephen Cooke AMONG CANADIAN world music artists there are few sounds sweeter than the shimmering guitar finger work of West African musician Alpha Yaya Diallo. A three-time Juno Award winner, Diallo’s immaculate playing meshes perfectly with his plaintive vocals on songs contrasting his life in Guinea with the challenges he’s faced since leaving his […]

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Fatoumata Diawara | Republic of Mali

Author – Této Parvanov One of Mali’s biggest treasures; Fatoumata Diawara, has been sharing her heart-felt music with the World in an attempt to bring the oppression of her fellow Malian women to the forefront of Western thought. She has taken an ambassadorial role with her musical career, appearing as a shining beacon to many […]

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Focus on African Music at South by Southwest Festival in Texas

AUSTIN — The potential market for Internet-based businesses in Africa was showcased at the annual South by Southwest Festival in Texas, along with African films and music. Participants from the continent touted Africa as the new frontier for interactive media at the recent festival. At this booth sponsored by the independent music exporters of South […]

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RIP Chinua Achebe: May Your Soul Rest In Peace

Legendary Nigeria Writer Chinua Achebe has passed away. The death of the then, Boston, MA based professor was confirmed on Friday 21 March 2012 by relatives. According to the UK’s Guardian newsparer, after the news first broke out in media and press, it was eventually confirmed by his agent and his publisher. He was 82 […]

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