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Fuse ODG: the Afrobeats trailblazer who’s ready to blow – Guardian

It’s Saturday morning, and Fuse ODG, fresh off a flight from Ghana, is wrapping up an appearance on Soccer AM. No slick, schmoozing Brit School graduate, he seems unused to the frantic banter of TV chat, and makes for a shy but likable guest. Interview done, he steps over to the show’s football challenge, pauses, then […]

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African artists find revolution on the internet

As the internet opens up Africa, Kenyan collective Just a Band uses its new-found freedom of expression to reach a global audience. Nairobi: They built their reputation with wild music videos featuring a flying animated turtle and a campy urban hero often considered Kenya’s first internet sensation. But when it came time to choose the subject for their video of […]

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From Township to opera diva

Pumeza Matshikiza has come a long way from the townships of South Africa. Today, the soprano is part of one of Europe’s foremost opera houses, the Stuttgart State Opera, and has performed at London’s Royal Opera House. She is currently recording her debut album in London’s famous Abbey Road Studios. “The album is actually a […]

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Taking a Closer Look at the Music of ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’

Decca Records will release the film’s official soundtrack and score this month. Director Justin Chadwick’s dramatization of the life of one of the world’s most iconic leaders, Nelson Mandela, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom was recently released to theaters. Based on South African President Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, the film chronicles his early […]

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VIDEO ALERT: LDNC – ZAGADA: THE DANCE

Right now Africans could probably be a step ahead on dance creation in the black music scene, an art that is normally dominated by Jamaicans with their dancehall-reggae moves. After the likes of Azonto, Alkayida, Neke-Neke, Skelewu among others have dominated the scene, UK-Based LDNC have decided to add their own Zagada dance to the […]

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London-based South African Opera Singer Humbled by Award

Durban-born baritone Njabulo Madlala has been named by the National Arts Festival as the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for music. Madlala is the 2010 winner of the most prestigious prize for singers in Britain, the Kathleen Ferrier Award. He is also the winner of the Singers Section at the 2012 Royal Overseas […]

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BEFFTA Awards Nominee VJ OJ’s Career On A Positive Trajectory

UK based Ugandan artist VJ OJ seems to be making just the right moves in his career. Apart from being DJ/VJ at a top London club, he is also a producer and a singer. His style is fresh and his goal is to put Ugandan based music to the forefront of today’s burgeoning and yet […]

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ALBUM ALERT: Sam & Desire to Worship God – THE MISSION/THE VISION

If you are into Gospel Music, you will definitely love this album by Sam Adebanjo & DTWG aka (Sam & Desire to Worship God) and it’s called THE MISSION/THE VISION. The album includes UK chart topping contemporary urban gospel tracks such as ‘Praising Praising’ and ‘Mama’ Seun Rere, African contemporary praise song ‘You Are’, classic […]

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Stonebwoy Plans To Hit The UK With Powerful Shows

He has been blazing hot in Ghana, but now reggae-dancehall sensation Stonebwoy has decided to take his career to an international level. Stonebwoy’s international onslaught will begin with a number of events in the UK including one major holiday event, Summer Traditional Wear. The event will be held at The Enabling Centre, in Barking, Essex, […]

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Nana Afua Antwi featured on CNN

Britain’s Top Model of Colour Cycle 5 winner Nana Afua Antwi tops it all at Africa Fashion Week London 2013. The International Model showcased her new collection SS14 for Adopted Culture which went viral after a splendid finale. The collection theme is ‘Grown Woman’ inspired by the traditional Krobo tribe in Eastern Region of Ghana. […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Sean Focus – Yaunolavhar

Young London based artist Sean Focus just released a video for his tune Yaunolavhar. The song has got a Southern Afrobeats urban feel and of course in typical southern style, it’s quite melodious and reggaeish. In the video, the singer/rapper appears struck by a hottie (presumably out of his league, he admits) that he meets […]

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African House Influencing British Musicians

If you have spent any time in Johannesburg or Durban, South African house is a sound that you will have heard. This music is played everywhere, from taxis and barbers shops to bars and parties. Now that the hypnotic township sound has reached Europe and other parts of the world, it has helped some young […]

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