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VIDEO ALERT: Fuse ODG ft. Angel – TINA

It’s colourful and vibrant, and it’s here, it’s Fuse ODG’s long awaited video for the song “TINA” (This Is New Africa) featuring Angel. The video features Fuse himself, collaborator Angel, CEO Dancers and many other colourfully dressed characters. In representation of what Fuse is not only musical project but a ‘worldwide movement’, you can see […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Tinashe ft. A$AP ROCKY – Pretend

Tinashe’s album Aquarius is due on the 7th of October and build up is not slowing down. Her second single “Pretend” features a top rapper, A$AP Rocky as did her first one, “2 On” which featured SchoolBoy Q. Tinashe’s claim of the R’nB queen can be just with the consistency on both singles. To bag […]

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King Sunny Ade: The Legend at 68

Legendary musician, better known as King Sunny Ade, lives as large as his title going by his sprawling country home in Ondo suggests. Nseobong Okon-Ekong recently had a rare encounter with the King of World Beat on his 68th birthday He had not slept three days prior to our meeting at his country home in […]

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A Nico & Vinz story – from Fashion Rocks to Ellen

If you not con-vinzed that Nico & Vinz ruled 2014 with their song “Am I Wrong”, then you might probably want to watch the video below. That doesn’t mean you can’t watch it even if you are con-vinzed. They have rocked stages worldwide performing the above song and others and their performances have been on […]

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Tinashe Review – Bald and Bawdy R&B-infused Pop

Tinashe Kachingwe has packed a lot into 21 years. As a child star, she appeared in Hollywood movies and TV shows including Two and a Half Men and had performed with girl-group the Stunners. When they disbanded in 2011, Tinashe withdrew to write and produce the first of three mixtapes, posted on her website, that transformed her […]

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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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Upstart Label ChiBase Productions Targets Worldwide Audience For African Music

As the ancestral home of American jazz and the blues, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso, the music of Africa has had a far-reaching influence on genres throughout the world. Yet contemporary African artists, with few exceptions, struggle to impact beyond the continent, or fan bases within African expatriate communities in the U.S. and Europe. The […]

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Five of the Best South African Music Shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Featuring Dloko High School Choir, Simply Soweto Encha, Soweto Spiritual Singers and Soweto Afro-Pop Opera Dloko High School Choir A 30-strong school choir from Dloko, a poor township on the outskirts of South Africa’s second largest city, Durban. They perform on their own in Jabulani, the Zulu word for rejoicing; while Township Voices features gospel, Zulu songs and […]

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Pumeza Matshikiza: The Township Soprano who Wooed the World

One billion people watched her perform a freedom anthem at the Commonwealth Games launch. Will the South African singer pack the same punch at the Proms? Pumeza Matshikiza discovered opera as a teenager quite by accident. One day, she was switching between radio stations, and stumbled on the great Swiss soprano Edith Mathis, singing in […]

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VIDEO ALERT:Fuse ODG ft. Sean Paul – Dangerous Love|@FuseODG and @duttypaul

It is finally here, the movie everyone has been waiting for. No, it is not Coming to America Part 2 (although it does look like), it is Fuse ODG’s “Dangerous Love” music video, featuring Sean Paul. It is marvelous, awesome, and MTV/BET/VIVA/Every other major TV network – worthy. This time around Fuse chose the United […]

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Music from Africa on World Stage

Music from the African Continent is playing a more crucial role on the international stage, according to music experts. It is more relevant now than ever before in helping “inspire and influence” the world, they say. Also, an accolade such as the Kora All Africa Awards, which reflects the diversity of music on the continent, […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata

She was the queen of Southern Afrobeat and continues to be revered in many circles as an accomplished musician and civil rights activist. On this day, we invite her to our site with this nostalgic tune, which some may relate to as a source of joy and fun during the trouble days of South Africa, […]

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