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10 Nominated for the 2014 Best African Act MOBO Nominees as Fuse ODG gets 3 Nominations

The following African artists were nominated for African Act in this year’s MOBO awards, while Fuse ODG got nominated in 2 other categories, which are Best Male alongside acts such as rappers Ghetts and Tinie Tempah and Best Song alongside the likes of Krept & Konana with “Don’t Waste My Time” and Sam Smith with […]

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Mulatu Astatke: Spreading ethio-jazz to the world

You’d expect a conversation with Mulatu Astake to be about music. He is, after all, the father of a musical genre: Ethio-jazz. But when he talks about the art form, he tends to focus on its scientific merits. “When you start talking about jazz, they’re usually telling us that Africans contributed to the rhythm parts […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Davido Africa Unplugged Vlog Rehearsal and Live @Battersea|@AfricaUnplugged @Afrobeat360 @iam_davido

Europe’s biggest African concert, Africa Unplugged kicks off tonight. Afrobeat 360 has decided to take viewers behind the scenes of the preparation of the show which is also scheduled for a Sunday 21st September date in Manchester. Below is a video of one of the performers, Davido, in rehearsal, featuring the now world famous CEO […]

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ALBUM ALERT: Afrikan Boy – The ABCD

Nigerian-British rapper Afrikan Boy has released his highly anticipated debut album “The ABCD”. Best known for his hit single “One Day I went to Lidl”, the rapper is here to let us know that he is not one trick pony. He told us that he is “shouting loud and proud” with this release. The release […]

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The Fashion Designer Taking his Xhosa Heritage Global

It is not every day that a designer showcasing at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Johannesburg for the very first time gets a standing ovation. But that is exactly what happened to Laduma Ngxokolo, a young man from the Xhosa ethnic group, whose colourful range of knitwear had lit up the catwalk. Laduma is the […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Rozalla Miller – Everybody is Free

this one will never grow old. A lot of people across the globe have at least one or more different versions of it and some may have wondered who is this young and promising musician and where is she from. The voice behind the song is that of Rozalla Miller also known simply as Rozalla, […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Siji – Lagos Lullabye|@SIJIMUSIC Represents Naija

Do you have any idea what Lago, Nigeria is like or sounds like. Siji, a London born Nigerian-American artist has come out to show the world what his home town Lagos is made of. His interesting song “Lagos Lullabye” tells that story. Lacking all sorts of filtering and presenting the true story, the video for […]

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Alabaster Box makes Ghana proud on BBC Focus on Africa TV

Ghana’s award-winning and leading gospel acappella music quartet, Alabaster Box made a surprising appearance on the world-acclaimed BBC Focus on Africa on BBC World TV Wednesday. The group was the first ever gospel music act, and the first Ghanaian group to have made an appearance on the show since its inception at the massive BBC […]

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Wizkid, Tuface, MI, Others To Air on BBC Live Lounge Show

The Britsh Broadcasting Corporation BBC has announced that for the first time ever, it will air a special edition of 1Xtra Live Lounge focused on Nigerian artistes. The show (Live Lounge) is always filmed in London, for the first time, this edition is shot in Lagos, Nigeria. The edition will feature top-of-the-food-chain artists; Wizkid, 2face […]

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‘Nelson Mandela Inspired My Clothing Collection’: South African Start-up Breaks Into The London Fashion Scene

‘I never wanted bankers to wear my designs’, admitted South African model and entrepreneur Sibu Dladla, who recently opened the doors to his first UK shop. ‘Our imagined clientele was more artistic; creative or media types – not corporate “suits”.’ But, with prices ranging from £200 to £450 for a jacket, it was not long […]

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Stromae On His Rwandan Roots And The Language Of Music

Paul Van Haver, better known as Stromae, has taken the international music scene by storm. Born in Brussels to a Belgian mother and a Rwandan father – who was killed in the 1994 genocide – the 28-year old musician has recently released his second album, Racine Carree (Square Root). When BBC Africa’s Sophie Ikenye met […]

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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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