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Africa Salon Festival Brings African Culture to New Haven, Connecticut, USAscare d

NEW HAVEN — The Yale African Initiative will host the first “Africa Salon” featuring a festival filled with African arts, culture, music, and contemporary artists at the Afro-American Cultural Center in New Haven Friday and Saturday. The festival will highlight African music, fashion, dance, art, film, literature, and much more, giving people an opportunity to […]

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UK Army Music Corps on Africa Mission

A seven-strong team from the Corps of Army Music 
(CAMUS) visited East Africa to train with their counterparts in the Ugandan People’s 
Defence Force. The team, led by The Band of King’s Division, who are based at Weeton Barracks, near Singleton (Lancashire, UK), were asked to work with the musicians from the UPDF Band as […]

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Refugees in Australian Theatre, Finding Their Voices

FOR many years, Australia has enforced strict rules on illegal immigrants, forcing boats that arrive crammed with asylum-seekers back out to sea, or locking those who get too close inside remote facilities. At the same time, successive governments have also been generous in accepting refugees from the poorest, most strife-ridden places on earth, including single […]

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Thieves Return Lupita Nyong’o’s $150,000 Oscars Dress ‘After Realising the Pearls on it Were Fake’

Lupita Nyong’o wore the gown to the Oscars last weekend Thieves have returned a dress worn by the actress Lupita Nyong’o after apparently realising the pearls adorning it were fake. When Ms Nyong’o wore the gown to Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony it was reported that the dress had 6,000 real Akoya cultured pearls sewn into […]

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Uganda Christina Matovu Sails Through to the Knock Out Stages of The Voice UK

Ugandan-British soul singer Christina Matovu walked off the ‘The Voice UK’ stage with a feeling of pride after battling it out with Jade Hewitt on tonight’s show. “Oh my God, that was crazy” were the remarks that came from Christina as she walked out of the studio. This is after she had wowed the judges […]

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Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscars Dress Has Been Stolen!

Pearl-adorned gown worth £100k was half-inched from hotel room… Lupita Nyong’o had one of the most-distinctive gowns on the red carpet at The Oscars this year, but sadly the £100,000 dress was stolen in the aftermath of the big event. TMZ reports that the frock – decorated with 6,000 Akoya pearls – was stolen at […]

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Lupita Nyong’o is Wearing Custom Calvin Klein On The Oscars 2015 Red Carpet

Lupita Nyong’o walks the red carpet in a plunging custom Calvin Klein gown featuring a pearl-embellished bodice at the 2015 Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday (Feb. 22) in Hollywood. Lupita may be an Oscar winning actress, but she is still a newcomer to Hollywood. Only scored her first major film role […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Fena Gitu – African King

The title “African King” can be thrust upon or claimed by anyone, but who is best to thrust it upon someone than an African Queen. Songstress Fena Gitu from Kenya is one such individual and she is singing her praises for her “African King” in her song by the same name. Her king seems to […]

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Experience Music Project (EMP) to Debut Fruits of Kenya-Seattle Arts Collaboration

Almost 9,000 miles away from Seattle lies the Young Generation Centre located in Kisumu, Kenya. This part orphanage, part music and arts center for youth is acting as a catalyst for conversation between videographers, photographers, musicians and humanitarians in the two cities, demonstrating the immense power of human connection through the arts. On February 21, […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Serah Sarah – Dance With Me

If the music does not come to Africa to enjoy its music, African musicians better take the music to the world. This is the approach that was taken by one Serah, Krom kenya, on the video of her song “Dance With Me”. The video starts up with Serah entering Dubai’s first Afro fusion restaurant KIZA, […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Les Wanyika – Sina Makosa

Last week our Ret-RAW Saturdays venture took us to east Africa where we vybed to “Shauri Yako” by Orchestra Super Mazembe. While there we decided to touch on another number that also ruled the yester-yesteryear and continues to get people groovy at parties to this day. The song is non other than the 1978 classic […]

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BBC Compares Lipala Dance by Kenyan Quartert Sauti Sol To Psy’s Gangnam Style

What a way to start a new year, for a musical group that has already left the previous year on positive trajectory. Before calling Sauti Sol “the hottest band in Kenya right now“, writers at the BBC made the following remarks. One of Kenya’s best-known bands are on a mission to reclaim the country’s dance […]

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