Tag Archives: Central Africa

DRC Artists Pay Tribute to Sexually Abused Women

The Democratic Republic of Congo paid tribute to women who have suffered physical and sexual abuse by launching the country’s first women art exhibition. Rape and murder have been the weapons used by the various rebel groups that have roamed the eastern part of the country seeking to control the abundantly available mineral wealth in […]

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Airtel & Akon Reveal Mobile Music Competition

Airtel Africa has partnered with Trace Music Star and global recording icon Akon to roll out a mobile music competition in Africa. Dubbed Airtel Trace Music Star, the competition will take place in 13 countries in francophone and anglophone Africa where Airtel has a presence. These countries include: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, […]

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Mulatu Astatke: Spreading ethio-jazz to the world

You’d expect a conversation with Mulatu Astake to be about music. He is, after all, the father of a musical genre: Ethio-jazz. But when he talks about the art form, he tends to focus on its scientific merits. “When you start talking about jazz, they’re usually telling us that Africans contributed to the rhythm parts […]

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African star Kanda Bongo Man announces a gig at Sage Gateshead, UK

One of the superstars of African music, the legendary Kanda Bongo Man, is flying in from South Africa for an exclusive North East show later this year. He will be at Sage Gateshead on November 22 (2014). Kanda Bongo Man, born in 1955 in Inongo in the Belgian Congo, left school at the age of 18 to […]

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Major African Music Artists to Perform Pro Bono for PLAD’s STOP Africa Land Grab Concert — Sunday, September 21st at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC

Washington, DC — Performing for the first time ever in DC – The legendary Mbilia Bel from the Democratic Republic of Congo, artist producer Didier Awadi from Senegal, emerging artist Hanisha Solomon from Ethiopia, Ray-Son from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the incredible Simply Chrysolite and Naledi Ya Tshawane who both hail from South Africa! PLUS […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Neza – Your Baby (#YB)|@NezaMusic

“Your Baby” is the new single by emerging Canadian/Rwandan singer & entertainer Neza. The song takes modern Afro-influenced music to a whole new level. Her lyrics describe the euphoric experience of falling in love. The sound is fun, flirty & sexy. An authentic fusion of Jazz music with Afrobeat, written by Neza and produced by […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Kanda Bongo Man – Kwasa Kwasa Mania – Liza

The title for king for king of soukous/kwasa kwasa is always has always been disputed and or not specific to an individual artists. However, here is one artist who took his claim to the title, not by words but by his music. Kanda Bongo Man was a force to be reckoned with in the Congolese […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Awilo Longomba – Gate Le Coin

If you don’t remember hearing this playing at a party over the last decade or so, then you hardly ever attended an African party in that said period. It is Awilo Longomba’s “Gate Le Coin”, an electrified Soukous tune that was ubiquitous around radio stations and parties back in its time. The video is a […]

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Pantaleon Playing Mvet – Direct from Yaounde

I recently returned from an exciting music tour in Rwanda and Cameroon. I brought back fantastic music cds and audiovisual field recordings of time spent performing and work-shopping with local artists, students, and broadcast journalists. This short clip features a traditional poet musician from the Eton-speaking region of Cameroon. His name is Pantaleon and he […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Koffi Olomide – Loi

Noone needed to understand what Congolese singer Koffi Olomide and his Quartier Latin International band were saying in this song before they got up to groove to it. It was in the late 90’s when Koffi dropped the album “Loi” and got the world vibrating to the title track. At, and a long time after […]

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PHOTO ALERT: Fally Ipupa Posts Man City VS Barca Pictures With Lionel Messi, Toure And Other Stars| @fallyipupa01

Being a celebrity can give you access to places many people can never get to. Here is what it gave to Congolese superstar musician Fally Ipupa on Tuesday night; It gave him not only a chance to witness one of the greatest matches in the history of football, but also, backstage access to the stars […]

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Africa mourns ‘King of Congolese Rumba’

Fans across Africa and the rest of the world are paying tributes to Tabu Ley Rochereau a day after the legendary Congolese musician who inspired a continent died in a Belgian hospital aged 76. For millions of his fans, he was “the messenger,” “the baobab of Congolese rumba,” or “Prince Rochereau”. A day after legendary […]

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