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How Nigerian Artists Made Their Mark On British Music

The achievements of a new generation of artists have not just helped shape British pop, but given a sense of pride to the diaspora “At school, the African kids used to lie and say they were Jamaican.” Those were the words of Skepta (aka Joseph Junior Adenuga) during a recent profile in the Fader. He […]

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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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Upstart Label ChiBase Productions Targets Worldwide Audience For African Music

As the ancestral home of American jazz and the blues, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso, the music of Africa has had a far-reaching influence on genres throughout the world. Yet contemporary African artists, with few exceptions, struggle to impact beyond the continent, or fan bases within African expatriate communities in the U.S. and Europe. The […]

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How Nigeria’s Afrobeats are Redefining the Sound of Africa

From Tiwa Savage to WizKid, Afritorial pick the brightest stars emerging from Nigeria’s afrobeat scene, known locally as Naija beats The first things that hit you when you touch down in Lagos are the humidity, the heat and the sound of Nigerian music bumping in the cars and shops. While you’re in long traffic queues, […]

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Atongo Zimba entertains at Dutch King’s Day celebration

World acclaimed Ghanaian singer and “Koliko” player, Atongo Zimba was the main performer at the Netherlands’ King’s Day celebration in Accra, which is a Dutch national holiday to celebrate the birthday of King Willem-Alexander. The singer who has lived part of his life in Holland entertained guests and Dutch nationals at the residence of the […]

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Captain Rugged – the hero Lagos deserves

Keziah Jones explains why his superhero alter ego and tormentor of Nigeria’s nefarious powers is closer to Fela Kuti than Superman Two thugs chase their prey down a dark alley, only for a mysterious caped crusader to intervene, saving the innocent victim from some brutish injustice. It’s a scene familiar to any reader of superhero […]

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Fuse ODG: the Afrobeats trailblazer who’s ready to blow – Guardian

It’s Saturday morning, and Fuse ODG, fresh off a flight from Ghana, is wrapping up an appearance on Soccer AM. No slick, schmoozing Brit School graduate, he seems unused to the frantic banter of TV chat, and makes for a shy but likable guest. Interview done, he steps over to the show’s football challenge, pauses, then […]

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo share Grammy with Gipsy Kings

LOS ANGELES — South African traditional choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo and flamenco fusionists the Gipsy Kings, both long-time favourites at the Grammys, on Sunday shared the award for best world music album. The Gipsy Kings were nominated for a record sixth time for the Grammy for best world music album but won the award for […]

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African musician Fela Kuti remembered at Sundance

At the height of his career, the musician and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1938-97) was considered the best-known African after Nelson Mandela. The Nigerian singer never outpaced the late South African leader in popularity, but Alex Gibney’s new film, Finding Fela!, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this week, brings his biography to a […]

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African artists find revolution on the internet

As the internet opens up Africa, Kenyan collective Just a Band uses its new-found freedom of expression to reach a global audience. Nairobi: They built their reputation with wild music videos featuring a flying animated turtle and a campy urban hero often considered Kenya’s first internet sensation. But when it came time to choose the subject for their video of […]

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Afrobeat star Femi Kuti: ‘Will keep singing for change’

Afrobeat star Femi Kuti is a constant thorn in the side of Nigeria’s authorities. He uses his songs to criticize corruption and speak for the poor. In 2007, Kuti opened the New Afrika Shrine in honour of his legendary father, musician Fela Kuti, who died of an AIDS-related illness 10 years earlier. It replaces the […]

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Idaho: Afrosonics’ Global Groove

Dayo Ayodele mixes genres, cultures When Dayo Ayodele was a child living in Nigeria, he saw a commercial on TV. “It’s a Coca-Cola commercial–the one that talks about teaching the world how to sing perfect harmony,” he said. “It’s an old, classic Coke song, and they played that a lot in Nigeria.” The commercial suggested […]

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