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African star Kanda Bongo Man announces a gig at Sage Gateshead, UK

One of the superstars of African music, the legendary Kanda Bongo Man, is flying in from South Africa for an exclusive North East show later this year. He will be at Sage Gateshead on November 22 (2014). Kanda Bongo Man, born in 1955 in Inongo in the Belgian Congo, left school at the age of 18 to […]

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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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Mali hits Glastonbury: Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara and more

When music was banned in Mali, the organisers of Glastonbury festival swung into action and invited the country’s top acts over. Here’s what to look out for. When it comes to African music, Glastonbury stands taller than most A-list rock’n’roll festivals. Way back in 1982, the percussion wig-outs of Nigeria’s King Sunny Ade were a revelation to me: […]

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The Pride of Africa (Africa-Canada Film Festival)

Vues d’Afrique’s programming director sees the festival as a forum to discover or reconnect with the continent. By T’Cha Dunlevy, GAZETTE FILM CRITIC, The Gazette MONTREAL – Gisèle Kayembe is being courted. “Montreal is trying to seduce me. We’ll see if I fall amoureuse,” said the lively Congo native and — as of 2011 — […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Fally Ipupa – Bruce

Here is a nice refreshing song from the DRC’s Fally Ipupa. The song Bruce has a fitting video clip, featuring typical classy Congolese fashion. The video is largely set around a boxing ring, showing ring rivals and also love rivals having a go at each other around the scene, following “Ali Bomaye!” shouts. The style […]

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