Tag Archives: Guinea

Florence Epee from Cameroon Scoops the Miss West Africa International 2014 Title

Florence Epee from Cameroon who wowed the crowd on the night of 21st December, left Nigeria with the Miss West Africa International 2014 title, succeeding the former queen Hawa Kamara, Miss West Africa International 2013. Miss West Africa USA, Lily Ogechi Udumukwu originally from Nigeria, scooped the 1st Runners up and Annarosa Traoré Assita, Miss […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke

For those who don’t already know Mory Kante, here is why you should get to know him. Mory is responsible for the 1987 released hit song “Yé ké yé ké”, which according to Wikipedia “was one of Africa’s best-ever selling hits as well as being a European Number One in 1988, making it the first […]

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African Musicians Band Together to Raise Ebola Awareness

Song lyrics give clear advice on protection from the disease as international NGOs make unprecedented appeal for funds Some of Africa’s best-known musicians have recorded a song to raise awareness of Ebola and help people understand how they can protect themselves from the disease. The song, Africa Stop Ebola, features contributions from the Malian musicians Amadou & […]

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Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate to Release Debut Album ‘Faya’, 2/18

Cumbancha is announcing their first release for 2014 from Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate. Their debut album Faya is out on Feb. 18, 2014. The well-worn and often overblown expression “music is a common language” has never been more apropos in the case of Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate. US-born, England-based Driscoll speaks no French […]

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Arts residency program brings African beats, culture to Shutesbury school

SHUTESBURY, MA — Though West Africa is an ocean away, distance has proven to be no obstacle for the students and faculty of Shutesbury Elementary School (Shaftesbury, Massachusetts), who spent five days this month learning traditional African drumming, dancing and language as part of the school’s “artist-in-residency” program. The program, led by Marilyn and Sekou […]

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Meet Guinea/UK Ensemble Ballet Nimba

Ballet Nimba is a UK based African Dance Theatre Company under the direction of Idrissa Camara. They are self-styled ambassadors of West African musical culture, made in Wales but a 100 per cent African. Over time they have received rave reviews from notable media personalities and various other institues, for their refreshing and unique style and […]

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15th Afro Roots World Music Festival

Latin, African and Caribbean flavours in Miami, Florida on August 3rd. For the 15th year in a row, Jose Elias and local non-profit organization, Community Arts and Culture will be putting on the annual Afro Roots World Music Festival in Miami, Florida on August 3rd. The line-up is predominantly Latin flavoured but there will also […]

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Shimmering, sweet sound of Diallo

By Stephen Cooke AMONG CANADIAN world music artists there are few sounds sweeter than the shimmering guitar finger work of West African musician Alpha Yaya Diallo. A three-time Juno Award winner, Diallo’s immaculate playing meshes perfectly with his plaintive vocals on songs contrasting his life in Guinea with the challenges he’s faced since leaving his […]

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MTV Looks Into Boosting The African Music Market

MTV Base is set to launch the inaugural MTV Africa All Stars, a pan-African music and youth empowerment campaign saluting the star quality and widespread appeal of contemporary African musicians. MTV Base is set to launch the inaugural MTV Africa All Stars, a pan-African music and youth empowerment campaign saluting the star quality and widespread […]

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MISS WEST AFRICA INTERNATIONAL CROWNED

The Miss West Africa International judging panel has chosen the pageant’s new Queen. Maria Sawaneh is the new Miss West Africa International, the organisers have reported. The beautiful new Queen is from Gambia and lives in Germany. Maria’s runners up are first and second princesses Zalia Maiga, from Mali and Hawa Kamara from Sierra Leone, […]

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Review: Angelique Kidjo and Fatoumata Diawara

Her style is often brash and she has made some forgettable records, but Angélique Kidjo deserves celebrity status thanks to her campaigning work and her ability to throw a memorable party. She was the ideal headliner for this International Women’s Day celebration, even if she wasn’t the finest singer in the hall. Now in her […]

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Angelique Kidjo’s African Values

When Benin-born singer Angélique Kidjo takes to the stage Tuesday for the Hope Rising benefit concert in Toronto, something unspecific, but very apparent will happen. The air will get a little more charged, the warmth of the Sony Centre a little hotter, and the all-star line-up of artists from Alicia Keys to K’naan and Rufus […]

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