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The Fashion Designer Taking his Xhosa Heritage Global

It is not every day that a designer showcasing at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Johannesburg for the very first time gets a standing ovation. But that is exactly what happened to Laduma Ngxokolo, a young man from the Xhosa ethnic group, whose colourful range of knitwear had lit up the catwalk. Laduma is the […]

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Wizkid Performs In New York, Calls Akon & Wale up to the Stage

Wizkid aka Starboy, recently passed through New York on his current tour. He performed in front of hyped up crowd. The Nigerian star made sure to remind people the crowd that he is not only an international act but he is also international connected. He brought some of the big names to the stage during […]

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Flag Bearer: Kenyan-born singer making waves in the US

The media, both in Kenya and around the world, have in the past few months been abuzz with the success of Lupita Nyong’o. She is an example of Kenyans whose artistic exploits went virtually unnoticed at home before success exploded abroad. Miriam Chemmoss a multi -talented Kenyan with roots in Mt Elgon, Bungoma County but […]

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PHOTO ALERT: Lupita Nyong’o at “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” Costume Institute Gala

Guess who was at “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US on Monday. It was none other than superstar Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o and she was looking fab. From actress to fashonista, the woman of the moment continues to prove more and more how much she […]

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New York Police Shut Down Davido’s Concert for Being Over-packed

Nigerian singer, Davido is seething at the moment as his much anticipated NewYork Spring Mega concert eventually never happened as the New York Police Department NYPD stormed the venue and stopped the show for being over-packed. The singer revealed this himself via twitter… The show was already sold out with regulars paying $40 (N6,600) and […]

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Hugh Masekela Still “Just Making Good Music” Nearly 50 Years After “Grazing in the Grass”

“When I started playing music, there were no categories.” Hugh Masekela arrived in 1960s New York with dreams of joining a hard-bop group like Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. It was a vibrant period for jazz clubs, and the South African trumpeter met many of his heroes, like Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. They all told […]

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VIDEO ALERT: Amaru – Make It Better|@Amaru256 Repping Uganda

She has that soulful/jazzy voice and she hails all the way from Uganda. She is based in New York City, NY, USA and her name is Amaru. “Make It Better” is her latest release, and indeed, the song will make you feel better with it’s sweet melodies and soothing acoustic guitar sound. The African-ness in […]

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Carnegie Hall Plans South Africa Festival This Fall

A three-week festival of the music and arts of South Africa, a series featuring the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and a monthlong Before Bach celebration of early music will be among the highlights of Carnegie Hall’s 2014-15 season, announced on Wednesday. Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa, will run from Oct. 10 through Nov. 5 and […]

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Chiwetel Ejiofor: An actor’s journey|Chiwetel Talks Igbo Roots, Africa, Slavery And More

Chiwetel Ejiofor played a drag queen in the 2005 movie “Kinky Boots” — a very different sort of role from the one that could win him an Oscar when they ask for “The Envelope, Please…” four weeks from tonight. Lee Cowan talks with him about his unconventional path to the red carpet: In the triple-digit […]

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Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate to Release Debut Album ‘Faya’, 2/18

Cumbancha is announcing their first release for 2014 from Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate. Their debut album Faya is out on Feb. 18, 2014. The well-worn and often overblown expression “music is a common language” has never been more apropos in the case of Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate. US-born, England-based Driscoll speaks no French […]

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Oprah Visits Two Graduates From Her South African School Studying At Skidmore College

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has paid a visit to two of the graduates from the celebrity’s school in South Africa who are enrolled at a private college in upstate New York. A spokeswoman for OWN, Winfrey’s cable channel, says Tuesday that the former daytime talk-show queen was at […]

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Sony Music signs Ugandan Somi

The beauty about Ugandan music is that even artistes without a regional hit get the audacity to call themselves the best. And those that go places don’t yap at all. In fact, they are so quiet that the public almost knows nothing about them. We usually get to know them after a surprise performance at […]

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