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Twenty Years of Freedom: A South African Musical Celebration @ Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC

“Freedom Fighter.” “Political Prisoner.” “Statesman.” These are the words engraved on one of Washington, D.C.’s newest memorial statues—of Nelson Mandela—in front of the South African Embassy. Three simple titles conceal a lifetime of struggle and oppression in South Africa, a complex story that will be told through uplifting music in a special concert coming to […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Moving Music Tribute to Nelson Mandela on 25th Anniversary of His Release

NELSON MANDELA loved music (even the Spice Girls!) and on the 25th anniversary of his release from prison South African star David Aldo pays tribute to Nelson Mandela’s life in song. Music ‘moved and strengthened’ Nelson Mandela. And that loved was returning a thousand times over by everyone from Bono to The Spice Girls. Pop […]

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A South African Won a Grammy Award Last Night

Cape Town – South African flute player, Wouter Kellerman, won the Grammy for best new age album on Sunday night. Proudly representing South Africa, the musician recorded the winning album, Winds of Samsara with Indian composer Ricky Kej, which was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Speaking to Eye Witness News, Kellerman said: “It […]

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Africa Now 2014 at the Apollo Theater|New York

The 3rd edition of the Africa Now weekend festival will take place Thursday-Sunday, October 9-12, 2014 at the Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th Street in New York. The festival will showcase today’s South Africa’s music scene as the country commemorates the 20th Anniversary of Mandela’s Inauguration. While venues around New York City mark the occasion […]

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Idris Elba To Release ‘Mi Mandela’; A Celebration Of South African Music Inspired By Nelson Mandela

Inspired by his recent role as Nelson Mandela in ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’, Idris Elba has curated, written and produced ‘mi Mandela’, an album of songs which “uncovers some of South Africa’s most gifted yet largely undiscovered world music talents”. Blending South African and British artists, the album will be released on November 24th […]

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Musical 20/20 – Two Decades Of Freedom, Jamaica/South Africa Ties Celebrated

“What a history. I remember when Bob Marley and all of us chant the Niyabinghi and bring down the apartheid system down to ground. And I feel proud when yesterday I look and see a black judge in South Africa. Now, I am not racist, but back in those days you would not see a […]

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Davido and Tiwa Savage Top Winners at MTV Africa Music Awards

The event marked the return of the MAMAs after a three-year hiatus as Viacom looks to spotlight contemporary African artists. Nigerians Davido and Tiwa Savage won the top male and female artist awards respectively Saturday night at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards, known as MAMA, in Durban, South Africa, with local group Mafikizolo snagging the top group prize. […]

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South Africa’s World Music Star and Activist Johnny Clegg Will Perform Live at Mesa Arts Center on 6 May 2014 – Arizona, US

International world music star Johnny Clegg’s four-decade-plus career has generated enough memorable personal and political songs to attract a global audience, sell more than five million albums, and help change the culture of his adopted South African homeland through his music and apartheid-defying integrated bands despite restrictive performance laws and airplay bans. Clegg performs at […]

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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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CANADA: African Sunshine Festival Draws Record Crowds On Cold Winter Day

KITCHENER (Ontario, Canada) — When Zimbabwe-born artist and poet Jacqui Terry arrived in Waterloo Region five years ago, she was pleased to learn the region had a rich multicultural population, particularly of African-Canadians. “My experience as a white African coming to Canada, you can choose to drop that part of your heritage (but) we have […]

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Grammy Winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo Keen To Pay It Forward|@therealmambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo have won their fourth Grammy for their album Singing for Peace Around the World. Johannesburg – South African traditional choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo are already eyeing their next Grammy award. The choir secured their fourth one last weekend after winning best world music album for Singing for Peace Around the World . […]

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo share Grammy with Gipsy Kings

LOS ANGELES — South African traditional choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo and flamenco fusionists the Gipsy Kings, both long-time favourites at the Grammys, on Sunday shared the award for best world music album. The Gipsy Kings were nominated for a record sixth time for the Grammy for best world music album but won the award for […]

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