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Q & A ALERT: Jazz Muso Somi is on a Mission to Educate America About African Music

The US-based Ugandan-Rwandese performer on why she enjoys performing in SA, her decision to record her upcoming album in the hustle and bustle of Lagos and her Miriam Makeba musical How were your performances in South Africa? I always love performing in South African because I feel understood, maybe because of your deep jazz legacy. […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Neza – Your Baby (#YB)|@NezaMusic

“Your Baby” is the new single by emerging Canadian/Rwandan singer & entertainer Neza. The song takes modern Afro-influenced music to a whole new level. Her lyrics describe the euphoric experience of falling in love. The sound is fun, flirty & sexy. An authentic fusion of Jazz music with Afrobeat, written by Neza and produced by […]

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Lira – Feel Good, Readies U.S. Debut LP ‘Rise Again’

R&B/Jazz singer Lira has found great success on two continents, now she’s looking to conquer three! The South African singer/model/actress has sold millions in South Africa and much of Europe with her irresistible blend of R&B, Jazz, and African styles, and she’s bringing that sound stateside with her U.S. and Shanachie Entertainment debut album Rise […]

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Leni Stern Explores the Music of Senegal

Leni Stern Jelell (Leni Stern Recordings, 2013) Jazz guitarist Leni Stern has been working with African musicians for the past years, blending jazz fusion with West African beats, vocals and melodies. Her new album Jelell, recorded in Dakar (Senegal), continues these explorations with a focus on the music of Senegal. The band on Jelell includes Leni stern on guitars, […]

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Europe meets Africa at JazzFest Berlin

This year’s JazzFest Berlin focuses on African music, with performers including Joachim Kühn, Pharoah Sanders and Jack DeJohnette Now in its 49th year, the long-running JazzFest Berlin returns this autumn with an emphasis on African music. Founded in 1964 and originally known as Berliner Jazztage, JazzFest Berlin 2013 will run for four days from 31 […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Brymo – Down

From contributing to one of Nigeria’s biggest hits of the recent past, Ice Prince’s Oleku, Brymo has come up with a new interesting flow and sound. His latest offering, Down, a slow paced, pidgin laced, African rooted and jazz like tune is one tune people will be talking for a while. The very inviting social […]

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Sony Music signs Ugandan Somi

The beauty about Ugandan music is that even artistes without a regional hit get the audacity to call themselves the best. And those that go places don’t yap at all. In fact, they are so quiet that the public almost knows nothing about them. We usually get to know them after a surprise performance at […]

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African Highlife Band to perform at benefit for Taos woman

As a bandleader and educator, Nigerian musician Babá Ken Okulolo enjoys sharing his love for life with others through the rhythms of African music. “In Africa, music is created to help people rise above the pain and suffering of daily life, to transcend all evils with the joy of music,” he says on his website. […]

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A Way into African music

 Vieux Farka Touré wins club crowd at Jazz Fest I have a confession: I don’t know much about African music. Sure, I’m not completely in the dark — I know the obvious ones like Fela Kuti and Ladysmith Black Mambazo — but much of the genre is so foreign to me that I have been […]

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