Tag Archives: Miriam Makeba

Q & A ALERT: Jazz Muso Somi is on a Mission to Educate America About African Music

The US-based Ugandan-Rwandese performer on why she enjoys performing in SA, her decision to record her upcoming album in the hustle and bustle of Lagos and her Miriam Makeba musical How were your performances in South Africa? I always love performing in South African because I feel understood, maybe because of your deep jazz legacy. […]

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Arizona’s Showcase of African Fashion Celebrates 10th year

Tucson, Arizona, USA’s Showcase of African fashion celebrates 10th year. The Sabbar Shrine Center will give way to high fashion and festive music Saturday as the Diaspora Showcase Africa returns for its 10th year. More than 300 fashionistas are expected to attend the event, which will feature the works of designers Allister “Pela” Burnett from […]

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Pumeza Matshikiza: The Township Soprano who Wooed the World

One billion people watched her perform a freedom anthem at the Commonwealth Games launch. Will the South African singer pack the same punch at the Proms? Pumeza Matshikiza discovered opera as a teenager quite by accident. One day, she was switching between radio stations, and stumbled on the great Swiss soprano Edith Mathis, singing in […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata

She was the queen of Southern Afrobeat and continues to be revered in many circles as an accomplished musician and civil rights activist. On this day, we invite her to our site with this nostalgic tune, which some may relate to as a source of joy and fun during the trouble days of South Africa, […]

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South African Holds Her Own Among Jamaican Legends

It was a reggae reunion as singers Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt put in memorable performances at last Friday’s staging of the Women’s Health Network’s (WHN) Africa-Jamaica Connection held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. After putting in solid solo performances earlier on in the evening, the legendary I Threes singers joined each […]

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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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The New Mama Africa Sings

Angélique Kidjo’s new album, “Eve” (429 Records), out Jan. 28 but available now for sampling online, is dedicated to “the women of Africa for their resilience and their beauty,” according to its liner notes. As a Unicef goodwill ambassador, the Benin-born Ms. Kidjo has toured that continent and met with women there who are struggling […]

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South Africa’s New Music: We Are The ‘Post Rainbow’ Kids

Twenty five years on from the landmark Nelson Mandela concert at Wembley, a fresh wave of South African musicians are forging a new identity. In July 1988, the first Nelson Mandela birthday concert was held at Wembley Stadium. Mixing with Sting, Dire Straits and Stevie Wonder, South African acts like Ladysmith BlackMambazo, Miriam Makeba and […]

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Music: Auntie Flo’s Future Rhythm Machine

It’s another rainy weekday evening in Glasgow, but somewhere in Pollokshields a micro-climate is developing. Esa Williams is cooking boerewors, South African sausages, and the air is flavoured with cloves, cinnamon and allspice. The buzzer goes and Brian D’Souza welcomes in Dr John Lwanda, who is carrying several bags of cassettes, vinyl and CDs representing […]

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African diva Angelique Kidjo wins Songlines Best Artist award

Angelique Kidjo, one of Africa’s biggest singing stars, was named best artist in Songlines magazine’s annual world music awards for her “Spirit Rising” album African diva Angelique Kidjo was named Best Artist in Songlines magazine’s annual world music awards on Friday, lauded for her high-energy shows and her championing of social causes. French veterans Lo’jo, […]

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It’s MAMAs Night Tonight

The show is on at the Expo Centre, Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos tonight. More A-List artists have since been added to the list of tonight’s performers and hosts. According to PM News Nigeria, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of MTV Networks Africa announced that US female rapper, Eve will be hosting the […]

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Is Shingai Shoniwa of Noisettes Tracing Her Roots Through Music?

Noisettes lead vocalist Shingai Shoniwa seems to have fallen deeply in love with her African roots. After visiting Malawi with the group in May this year, the English singer who is also of Zimbabwean descent seems to have excited fellow group members into becoming fans of late South African singer and political activist Miriam Makeba, […]

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