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Ladysmith Black Mambazo to South Africans: Stop Attacking Immigrants

“United we stand, divided we shall fall.” Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s latest song, with Malian singer Salif Keita, is a plea for peace in South Africa, which has been grappling with the fallout from deadly violence against immigrants from other parts of Africa. For this song, the distinctive Zulu Isicathamiya style — an a cappella form […]

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Q & A ALERT: How African Musician Salif Keita Went from Social Outcast to International Superstar

Salif Keita is known today as the “golden voice” of Africa, but in his youth he was an outcast, unaccepted by his community because he was born with albinism. Turning to music as an outlet, Keita rose to be one of Mali’s biggest stars, bringing traditional African rhythms and instruments to a broader audience. Jeffrey […]

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Strings of life: Globetrotter Leni Stern’s African Trio

Leni Stern’s music was always good — her fluid, powerful electric guitar exercised in a variety of settings, mostly on her own compositions — but she has really bloomed since she began her collaborations with African musicians. In 2006, the jazz/blues guitarist and singer played the Festival in the Desert in Timbuktu, Mali, sharing stages […]

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Songhoy Blues review – exuberant African R&B

“This is dedicated to our father Ali Farka Touré,” announced lead singer Aliou Touré, somewhat confusingly, as the band launched into a song that started like a speeded-up African blues by Mali’s legendary guitarist, but then spiralled away into a furious and exuberant Hendrix-like improvisation, driven on by insistent bass and drums. Songhoy Blues are […]

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‘Timbuktu’ Director Wants More Cinema from West Africa

(Reuters) – The Oscar nomination of “Timbuktu”, a film about the occupation of the Malian desert town by al Qaeda-linked Islamists in 2012, should not mask the lack of established cinema from West Africa, its director said. Up for the Best Foreign Language Film at Sunday’s ceremony, Abderrahmane Sissako’s film has already won two awards […]

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Savanna Jazz Events Showcase African Influences – San Francisco, CA, USA

Pascal Bokar, who grew up in Mali and Senegal before moving to San Francisco, personally has experienced the similarities between West African and American music. And in his career as a guitarist, composer, club owner and music professor at University of San Francisco, he fuses American jazz with its origins by adding African rhythms to […]

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“Timbuktu”: A timely African Film on Islam — and a Spectacular Breakthrough

The wrenching, Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” depicts Mali under jihadist rule — but it’s far more than an issue drama Even when you get past the eerie-coincidence level of Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” — a film about the causes, consequences and contradictions of Islamic extremism, made by an African director who lives in France – it’s an […]

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Florence Epee from Cameroon Scoops the Miss West Africa International 2014 Title

Florence Epee from Cameroon who wowed the crowd on the night of 21st December, left Nigeria with the Miss West Africa International 2014 title, succeeding the former queen Hawa Kamara, Miss West Africa International 2013. Miss West Africa USA, Lily Ogechi Udumukwu originally from Nigeria, scooped the 1st Runners up and Annarosa Traoré Assita, Miss […]

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From Mali to Israel, a Musical Bridge

The Israeli pianist Idan Raichel was at the airport in Berlin in 2008 when he spotted the Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré and decided to introduce himself. From that chance encounter has blossomed one of the most fruitful and intriguing collaborations in the grab-bag genre known as world music, a pair of critically acclaimed CDs […]

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African Musicians Band Together to Raise Ebola Awareness

Song lyrics give clear advice on protection from the disease as international NGOs make unprecedented appeal for funds Some of Africa’s best-known musicians have recorded a song to raise awareness of Ebola and help people understand how they can protect themselves from the disease. The song, Africa Stop Ebola, features contributions from the Malian musicians Amadou & […]

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Totally Amazigh sounds from North Africa taking the West

The Romans felt disdain for Amazigh (or Berber) culture, while Muammar Gadhafi denied their very existence. But the ancient culture is flourishing once more in its native lands. At the beginning of the month, the Fes Festival of Amazigh Culture was held in Morocco (the people are better known by their Roman nickname, Berber). This […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Salif Keita – Nous Pas Bouger

He is rated as the “Golden Voice of Africa” and he has reached heights that many African artists have not yet reached. Casting his albinism to the side, he managed to carve a musical niche that has his sound reverberate across the world and over, despite being a direct descendant of the founder of the […]

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