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VIDEO ALERT:Wyre – No More|Super African Reggae From @WyreDaLoveChild

He is most renowned for making Jamaican songstress Alaine Laughton sing in swahili and for blending the African Reggae/Dancehall style with the Jamaican equivalent in 2013, now he his back in 2014 with a new Reggae/Dancehall hit, “No More”. His name is Wyre aka Wyre Da Lovechild. He is no stranger to Kenyans but as […]

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Orin music streaming app looks to take African music global

Nigerian firm 234 Digital has launched free music streaming app Orin, which seeks to make African music more accessible and introduce the continent’s musical styles to the world. Orin provides the user with the ability to stream full albums and videos from their favourite artists on their mobile device for the discovery of new music, […]

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Q & A: Kazz, aka Mr Boomslang Talks The Music, Marriage, Going Solo and Much More

He is one half of Zimbabwe’s dynamic duo of brothers Bkay & Kazz. Together they have worked and released scintillating RnB, Reggae/Dancehall, Pop infused Afrobeat singles and albums, but now Kazz says he will be making his foray into the highly competitive music industry for the first time as a solo act. diaspoRAW.net sat down with […]

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A Continental Feast for the Eyes and the Ears

‘Mother Africa’ Is Dance, Music and the Circus All in One Imagine attending a circus, a dance performance and a world music concert, all in one day. It would be exhausting, not to mention mind-boggling to schedule. But now this feat can be accomplished in a single location in about 100 minutes: It’s called “Mother […]

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Stylebook: FashionAFRICANA to celebrate Design, Dance and Music

For more than a decade, FashionAFRICANA has united people from around Pittsburgh through yearly fashion events. But this is not your typical fashion show, says founder Demeatria Boccella. “It’s more of a cultural type of experience.” Through music, dance and design, FashionAFRICANA commemorates the African diaspora and celebrates black beauty and diversity. This year’s gathering […]

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Sultry Victoria Kimani will be the only Kenyan Artist Performing at Channel O Awards

All star performers are set to illuminate the stage using the force of sound to send reverberations across Africa on what promises to be a memorable night. The Channel O Africa Music Video Awards take place on Saturday, 30 November at Walter Sisulu Square, in Kliptown Soweto – and will be broadcast LIVE across Africa […]

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Noura Mint Seymali Makes Mauritanian Music International

On September 29th 2013, Noura Mint Seymali — a leading female vocalist and ardine player from Mauritania — came to VOA to record a session with me on Music Time in Africa. Noura was on tour in the U.S. promoting her latest CD Azawan II, a cutting edge, traditional electro-fusion style of Mauritanian music. When […]

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West Lafayette, IN, US: Young Africans Choir shares music, stories of hope

West Lafayette, IN, US: When Rene Nakkazi was a young girl in Uganda singing at church on Sundays, she didn’t have much. But after she auditioned and joined the African Children’s Choir, her life changed completely. She had the opportunity to travel and sing, grow closer to God and be supported through her education, she said. Now […]

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Don Jazzy’s Fallout With Wande Coal Ropes In Tiwa Savage

Over the last couple of days, it has been reported that Nigerian artist Wande Coal has just broke ranks with Mavin Records boss Don Jazzy. Several blogs and websites have asserted that the split up was due to a song called Baby Face that Wande allegedly stole from Don and released under his boss’s nose. […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Kazz – Sweet Gal + Wedding Bells

Kazz, one half of Zimbabwean-British duo, BKay ‘Kazz married his ‘Sweet Gal’ on Friday 1 November, the same day he released the video for his 2013 summer hit song….’Sweet Gal’. Putting real life into song is usually a difficult plot for most artists, but Kazz executed well. Marrying the love of his life, and releasing […]

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Don’t miss Hugh Masakela and Larry Willis

When Hugh Masakela and Larry Willis first met, each was trying to change direction. It was New York in 1960 and escaping Apartheid had exiled the young Masakela from his native South Africa. Though steeped in township music and South African jazz he’d decided to become a ‘proper’ jazz musician in the American style and […]

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Is Penny Penny the Next Rodriguez?

Nearly 20 years later, a former janitor with a hit song in South Africa is heading to America To anyone who saw Searching for Sugar Man, the scenario is familiar: Musician makes records that generate local buzz but don’t translate into massive stardom. Musician continues working but extremely under the radar, eventually finding a day […]

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