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VIDEO ALERT: French Montana Visits Morocco Again

American rapper French Montana visited his homeland Morocco recently and made sure to record some footage for his fans. The Maybach Music/Badboy Records/Coke Boy Records rapper who migrated from Morocco with his family visited his roots in Casablanca and Rabat. He says in the video that he came back to “know where you (he) came […]

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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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Angelique Kidjo Dedicates Grammy to Women of Africa

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Angelique Kidjo, one of the biggest African musicians on the world stage, on Sunday won her second Grammy for World Music album for “Eve,” a tribute to the continent’s women. “This album is dedicated to the women of Africa — to their beauty and resilience,” the Beninese singer said. “Women of […]

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Q & A ALERT: Randy Weston – ‘African music is for the world’

The great jazz pianist talks about racism, discovering Africa and the power of music to change lives The power of positive thinking is something the great jazz pianist and composer Randy Weston has never had to learn. Now aged 88, he exudes a wise benevolence which sees the good side of everything. Even the memory […]

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African Artists Listed Among Performers for Globalfest 2015 in New York

An Afrobeat orchestra from Brazil, an American ensemble devoted to music of the Sufi mystics, a Moroccan-Israeli singer of Jewish and Arabic songs and a Hawaiian swing band are among the lures of Globalfest 2015, an immersion in hybrid forms of world music and pop. The one-day festival, now in its 12th year, will be […]

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South Africa: Deputy Minister to Address Music Festival in New York

The Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi is expected to speak at the opening of the Ubuntu Music and Arts of South Africa Festival in New York. The Ubuntu festival promotes South African arts and culture to international markets. “The festival offers us an opportunity to augment our cultural relations with the United […]

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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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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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Mulatu Astatke: Spreading ethio-jazz to the world

You’d expect a conversation with Mulatu Astake to be about music. He is, after all, the father of a musical genre: Ethio-jazz. But when he talks about the art form, he tends to focus on its scientific merits. “When you start talking about jazz, they’re usually telling us that Africans contributed to the rhythm parts […]

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For Jazz-infused Soul Singer Somi, the Call of Lagos, Nigeria,…

Jazz singer Somi’s career is infused with the spirit of Africa. For jazz-infused soul singer Somi, the call of Lagos, Nigeria, wasn’t ancestral or political. As the daughter of East African immigrant parents from Rwanda and Uganda, she has spent a good deal of time on the continent exploring her hybrid identity. But the 18-month […]

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Youssou N’Dour Performs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

Commanding the Stage With Words and Dancing Feet Youssou N’Dour Performs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Ushers at the Brooklyn Academy of Music fought a brief, losing battle against concertgoers surging into the aisle to dance when the Senegalese singer and bandleader Youssou N’Dour performed there on Friday night. All the better: Mr. N’Dour […]

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Tracy Ogbonna Features in Method Man’s New Video

Canada based Nigerian actress and model, Tracy Ogbonna is clearly swimming her way to the upper reef of the ocean as her career as a video model seems to be on the up and up. Just few months ago she landed a juicy role in a Nigerian movie shot in New York, starring alongside Mama […]

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