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Stromae, Hammersmith Apollo, London — review

The Belgian singer combines exuberant stage-craft, chansonnier vocals and techno tunes The British parlour game of naming 10 famous Belgians is about to get easier. To the list of Tintin, Magritte, Poirot and, um, the other ones should soon be added Stromae. A huge star in French-speaking countries — his 2013 album Racine Carrée outsold […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Joey B ft. Sarkodie – Tonga

It’s been quite a nearly a year since Ghanaian artists Joey B and Sarkodie released their “Tonga”. The 2014 year opening song was well received by listeners and it was followed up by promising promotional videos but the official thing never materialised. Now after several months of waiting, the visuals for “Tonga” are finally here. […]

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VIDEO ALERT: P-Square – Shekini | The Twins Share A Present on Their Birthday

The Nigeria superstar twins P-Square celebrate their birthday today and to top that, they have decided to make an official release of the video to their latest single “Shekini”. This came with the social media message below; Y’all already knw It’s our birthday dis coming Tuesday and a special Shekini video drops same day for […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Rocky Dawuni – African Thriller|Boxing and dance-offs commingle in Rocky Dawuni’s ‘African Thriller’ video

In his native Ghana, Rocky Dawuni is much more than simply a pop star, serving as the country’s unofficial cultural ambassador and promoting a range of social reforms from HIV/AIDS prevention and ecological preservation to healthier cookstoves. But he’s still a pop star at heart, and he’s quite good at it. While he’s named his particular aesthetic “Afro-Roots,” his […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Delasi and MC Kah – Accra Nairobi

Have you ever heard of a rap song called “London New York”, “Paris Berlin” or “Tokyo Beijing” we can’t say the same here at diasporaw.net, maybe it’s out there somewhere, but the point we would like to raise is that Africa is indeed coming together big time. A good example of this is the song […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Toya Delazy – Forbidden Fruit

Who are we to judge? Or should we be asking, what is a “Forbidden Fruit”? That is certainly the title of South African artist Toya Delazy’s latest release and music video. Apparently, it has been branded as an anti-homophobic anthem within the blogosphere. Latoya Nontokozo Buthelezi aka Toya Delazy sings “What should I do? I’m […]

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VIDEO ALERT: GStyl – Another Level

UK based Nigerian duo AK and Topman, otherwise known as G-Styl have recently released their tune “Another Level”, with lyrics giving praise to the way a certain female twists her waist line. With dynamic melodies and rap bars, the duo delivered their message on the heavy bass centred Afrobeats track, produced by O.Y.. It is […]

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Namvula Review – half Scottish, half Zambian Newcomer is a True Original

The Forge, London Showcasing her new album, Namvula performed an adventurous and impressive set that blended African styles with jazz Namvula Rennie is a singer-songwriter whose attractively cool, unusual songs reflect her interesting history. Born in Zambia to a Zambian mother and Scottish father, she has lived in Switzerland, Kenya, the US and now London, […]

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Simphiwe Dana, Tumi and the Soil Play at the Apollo Theater

Two Festivals Meet With Dual Cosmopolitan and Political Sensibilities. Musicians who have emerged in South Africa since the end of apartheid, only 20 years ago, greatly respect the struggles of their elders. That was one clear message at “Africa Now!,” a triple bill of South African music on Saturday night at the Apollo Theater. The […]

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Tinashe, ‘Aquarius’: Track-by-Track Review

Tinashe‘s arrival on the mainstream music landscape comes at a time when experimental R&B is rapidly crescendoing. Yet even within the ranks of emerging women singers showing just how quirky and eccentric they can be (Jhené Aiko,Kelela, BANKS), Tinashe may be the songbird best primed for superstardom. Her certified party starter “2 On” has ignited […]

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For Jazz-infused Soul Singer Somi, the Call of Lagos, Nigeria,…

Jazz singer Somi’s career is infused with the spirit of Africa. For jazz-infused soul singer Somi, the call of Lagos, Nigeria, wasn’t ancestral or political. As the daughter of East African immigrant parents from Rwanda and Uganda, she has spent a good deal of time on the continent exploring her hybrid identity. But the 18-month […]

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VIDEO ALERT: P-Square ft. T.I. – Ejeajo

The unmistakable twins are back again with their usual party vibe and joyful sound. It is none other than Nigerian duo P-Square with a new release called “Ejeajo” which features American superstar rapper and actor T.I. The release is said to be a build up to the duo’s 6th album and it follows straight in […]

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