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Music from Africa on World Stage

Music from the African Continent is playing a more crucial role on the international stage, according to music experts. It is more relevant now than ever before in helping “inspire and influence” the world, they say. Also, an accolade such as the Kora All Africa Awards, which reflects the diversity of music on the continent, […]

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Uganda’s Great Talent Joel Sebunjo On Coke Studio Africa This Week

CokeStudio Africa (www.cokestudioafrica.com) is a music television series produced by the Coca-Cola Company featuring live studio-recorded music performances by well-established African artists. It brings together artists from different genres, eras and regions to create a modern and authentic sound through musical fusion. The purpose of Coke Studio is to reinvent the way music can capture the spirit of a […]

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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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Toumani Diabaté with Sidiki Diabaté and Trio Da Kali – review

Royal Festival Hall, London The world’s most celebrated kora exponent plays his first live debut with his son, Sidiki This was an historic night for Toumani Diabaté, the world’s most celebrated kora exponent. “Salaam alaikum, London,” he said, introducing the young man seated next to him, who was also playing the 21-stringed West African harp. “This […]

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Sebunjo takes fans into future of Africa’s music

There was more than one reason why music enthusiasts had to attend Joel Sebunjo’s concert at the National Theatre last Friday. He is a world music winner of the prestigious Visas Pour La Creation award. He is one of the few East African artistes that have mastered the art of playing the western African renowned […]

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Jay Ghartey Announces Era of “wild” Collaborations for Ghanaian Music

Ghanaian musician Jay Ghartey, though great on his own has decided to up his game with a series of “serious” collaborations with other great and local international acts. Jay Ghartey, who is finishing up his second album “African Money” in New York, believes the time has come for musicians throughout Africa to collaborate to show the […]

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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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