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When Amadou Met Mariam

At the heart of Malian music duo Amadou & Mariam’s success is a love story spanning 35 years, writes Nechama Brodie. Recently, the New York Times heralded the coming of what it called the “Indie Rock African Invasion” – because growing numbers of hip African musicians are being signed up by cool, independent North American […]

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Indie Rock Embraces an African Invasion

by Larry Rohter THE indie record company Sub Pop first earned a reputation as a tastemaker in the late 1980s, when it signed and recorded the Seattle bands Nirvana and Soundgarden and other exponents of what came to be known as grunge. But one of its best-received recent releases is “I speak Fula,” by Bassekou […]

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Senegal: Superstar Akon Gets Diplomatic Status

by Kemo Cham, AfricaNews reporter in Dakar, Senegal Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has a highly compelling ally in music superstar Akon in his unrelenting effort in pursuing another term as president, amid sustained bitterness against his bid. With a level of popularity that rivals even that of the president himself, especially among the youth, Akon […]

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Miss Africa USA Going Strong

Fatoumata “Fifi” Soumah is the reigning Miss Africa USA. 21 year old Fifi Soumah is a full time student at Montgomery College, majoring in Communications. She is originally from the Republic of Guinea Conakry in West Africa. Fifi has been using her title as Miss Africa USA 2010 to raise awareness and educate others about […]

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