Tag Archives: DRC

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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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Ali Kiba – Usiniseme

If you are into your African music then you definitely know what Bongo Flava and may have heard of the name Ali Kiba. The Tanzanian artist is one of the hip-hop, reggae, R&B, afrobeat and dancehall influenced genre’s ambassadors and a major player on the East African music scene. This assessment can be justified 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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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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CANADA: African Sunshine Festival Draws Record Crowds On Cold Winter Day

KITCHENER (Ontario, Canada) — When Zimbabwe-born artist and poet Jacqui Terry arrived in Waterloo Region five years ago, she was pleased to learn the region had a rich multicultural population, particularly of African-Canadians. “My experience as a white African coming to Canada, you can choose to drop that part of your heritage (but) we have […]

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Kenyan tech startup ‘Waabeh’ fights music piracy

  Hailing from a music background and having worked as a producer for the last fourteen years, Tim Rimbui, co-founder and chief executive officer of music technology startup Waabeh, says he has seen too many musicians work hard in studios only to lose their content to piracy. It is for this reason that he co-founded […]

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Pierre Kwenders dreams of Africa

Congolese expat takes inspiration from the country of his birth as well as North American electro and hip hop MONTREAL – Quebec’s bilingualism seems quaint compared to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where more than 200 languages are spoken. It’s where Pierre Kwenders was born, and on his second EP, African Dream, the Lavallois sings […]

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Crawley (UK): Top African (DRC) Musician at Town’s Black History Event

UK:Crawley’s Black History foundation will be celebrating their 5th birthday at the Hawth Theatre with an evening of entertainment for the entire family on Saturday (October 19). The headline act is the undisputed ‘King of Soukous’ and African music legend, Kanda Bongo-man, who will be performing with his full band. Kanda Bongo-man is notably the […]

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BEFFTA Awards Nominee VJ OJ’s Career On A Positive Trajectory

UK based Ugandan artist VJ OJ seems to be making just the right moves in his career. Apart from being DJ/VJ at a top London club, he is also a producer and a singer. His style is fresh and his goal is to put Ugandan based music to the forefront of today’s burgeoning and yet […]

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Yet Another African Musical Rich List – Huffington Post Compiled?

Recently we featured a list of the richest African musicians compiled by Forbes Africa and Channel O. We have a new, which many blogs released today, reportedly compiled by media mega-house Huffington Post. It looks convincingly more credible than the Forbes/Channel O one as it consists of a reasonable number of names of veterans whose […]

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