Tag Archives: DRC

Ret-RAW Saturdays: M’bilia Bel – Faux Pas

Soukous songstress M’bilia Bel was a household name in Africa and the world in the 80s and 90s. Bel was born in the DRC and later became an understudy of legendary Tabu Ley Rochereau, thereafter she moved to France and went on to tour Europe, USA and Africa with her music. She conquered the industry […]

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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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Stunning Model, Noella Coursaris from DRC Says She is Helping to Educate The Country’s Children

32 year old Democratic Republic of Congo born model Noella Coursaris left the country at the age of five after her father died and her mother had no means of raising her. She is now much involved in glamour and beauty and is on mission to educate girls from her homeland. She says investing in […]

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Veteran and Emerging Artists Honoured at African Nova Scotian Music Association Awards – Canada

A cultural past and the musical present both came alive at the 17th annual African Nova Scotian Music Association Awards Gala on Saturday night. In a sold-out ballroom at Halifax’s World Trade and Convention Centre, ANSMA celebrated a year of musical achievement while also providing a festive finale to African Heritage Month, with co-host Charla […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Pepe Kalle – Gerant

Before The Notorious BIG and Rick Ross took the hearts of all those fans who love the voice and appearance of fat boy entertainers, there was the DRC’s Pepe Kalle…for most Africans at least. He was known for such signature tunes as “Gerant”, a must play at all African weddings and parties for a very […]

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Wizkid and Fally Ipupa Amongst ‘Most Followed’ Africans on Twitter.

According to MGAfrica.com, Nigerian and Congolese artists Wizkid and Fally Ipupa respectively are among the most followed Africans on twitter, with Wizkid, aka Starboy even beating the Kenyan president and a Tanzanian politician, who are the only one of their kind on the list. The poll shows a nation by nation leader and has Wizkid […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Orchestra Super Mazembe – Shauri Yako

“Shauri Yako” was originally performed by Nguashi Ntimbo and Festival Du Zaire, but it was made an international hit in the 80’s by Orchestra Super Mazembe, a then Kenya based band with roots in Zaire’s (now the DRC) Super Vox band. The Lingala (Soukous) music outfit, refixed the song in such a way that its sound did […]

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2Face, Madinga To Host All Africa Music Award

THE International Committee of All Africa Music, AFRIMA, has announced two of the best African artistes to host the 2014 edition of the AFRIMA awards. They are Democratic Republic of Congo’s music presenter, Madinga Sona Maria and Nigeria’s 2Face Idibia. The two will co-host the awards ceremony holding in Lagos on Saturday, December 27, at […]

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Rhythm of Africa reinforces African theme at Werribee Zoo – Melbourne, Australia

Werribee Open Range Zoo welcomes Rhythm of Africa back to its grounds this summer. The summer concert series runs every Saturday night from 10 January to 28 February, bringing together a magic mix of warm summer nights, African beats and picnics on the grass. General zoo admission fees apply for adults and kids under 16 are […]

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Pierre Kwenders, Ambassador of Sound

“Africa.” What images and ideas and sensorial cues come to mind? How quickly does word-association with “Africa” turn ugly? When the media feeds us stories about disease, war, poverty and famine, it’s easy to view an entire continent through a prism of strife. When African-set Hollywood films focus on white heroes, it’s easy to view […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Dr Sakis – Volcanic Girls

There is nothing as entertaining as a the DRC’s soukous dance music video. You might not need to necessarily watch one because you love the song, but maybe because of the dance moves that are featured on it. Soukous ruled the large part of the 90’s as a staple on the African music scene, not […]

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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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