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South Africa township voices ‘still thanking Papa Madiba’

Johannesburg (CNN) — At sunset, the smell of food simmering in dozens of pots starts to fill the air on 15th Avenue. Soon after, as if summoned by the aroma of meat and spices, a steady stream of cars starts rolling in, pulling up to the food stalls and carts where local women armed with […]

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Gamu Celebrates New US Record Label Deal

Singer Gamu Nhengu seems to be on roll. As she prepares for her debut album launch on May 5 2013, a new deal seems to have come her way. Announcing on her official Facebook page, an elated Gamu said, “Dreary weather but there’s good news to make me cheery! Just been signed to @TommyBoyEnt in […]

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Fuse ODG and Vee Da I Get MTV Video Debut On Same Day

Two young musicians, Vee Da I and Fuse ODG came out yesterday on two different social media networks to announce their individual and yet similar conquests. South African-UK rapper turned music video director, Vee Da I, announced yesterday that a video he produced had been recently played on the African version of MTV Base. He […]

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Seun Kuti Added to WOMAD

Singer and Instrumentalist Seun Kuti has been added to the line-up of the upcoming WOMAD UK music festival. Nigeria, Kuti joins several other outstanding global artists on the prestigious list. Seun Anikulapo Kuti is the last born son of the iconic Nigerian artist , the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti and he is one of the […]

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South Africa’s X Factor UK finalist LeAnne performs at Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu, in association with I AAM Entertainment, presents multiple awarding winning South African RnB songstress LeAnne on Thursday 11 April. Leanne made it through to the top 20 females of the X Factor 2012. She impressed the judges with her initial audition where she sang Alicia Keys’ hit single ‘If I ain’t got you’, […]

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Shimmering, sweet sound of Diallo

By Stephen Cooke AMONG CANADIAN world music artists there are few sounds sweeter than the shimmering guitar finger work of West African musician Alpha Yaya Diallo. A three-time Juno Award winner, Diallo’s immaculate playing meshes perfectly with his plaintive vocals on songs contrasting his life in Guinea with the challenges he’s faced since leaving his […]

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AUDIO ALERT: Stella Mwangi Ft Collo and Mimmo – Floss Na Wewe

UK-Bound Kenyan-Norwegian singer Stella Mwangi has recorded a song with some of her fellow Kenyan musicians. Floss na Wewe is the latest release from the soulful diva. The song showcases the singer-cum rapper’s vocal prowess. Her counterparts are not undermined by her star status as they both lay very decent rap lyrics on the slow […]

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Nigerian Entertainer Talks Sleeping In Coffin

Sleeping in a Coffin? Point of correction, I do not sleep in a casket, I sleep on my bed, it’s big and comfy, I only lay in my “casket”when I do my meditation because it helps me to be focused, it tells me more about the imminence of death. My casket is a reminder. It […]

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Fatoumata Diawara | Republic of Mali

Author – Této Parvanov One of Mali’s biggest treasures; Fatoumata Diawara, has been sharing her heart-felt music with the World in an attempt to bring the oppression of her fellow Malian women to the forefront of Western thought. She has taken an ambassadorial role with her musical career, appearing as a shining beacon to many […]

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Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi – Review

Author – Diana Evans Before you get to page one of this book there is a noisy overture. The author has been mentored by Toni Morrison and endorsed by Salman Rushdie. She is Yale- and Oxford-educated, half-Nigerian and half-Ghanaian, born in London, raised in Boston, living in Rome. Her 2005 essay “What Is An Afropolitan?” […]

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Fuse ODG’s Antenna Album Reaches iTunes Dance Top 40 Before Release

Fuse ODG has been riding high on the wave of the success of the Azonto which was released sometime in 2011 and the follow up 2012 smash hit Antenna. The artist managed to get hip-hopper Wyclef Jean to grace a version of Antenna with his vocals. Wyclef is among a number of other mega-stars who […]

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Afrobeats Musical Coming To London’s West End

Written by Davina Hamilton A NEW Afrobeats musical is set to feature in London’s West End next week. Inspired by the hit tune Oliver Twist from Nigerian artist D’Banj, Oliva Tweest will feature cameo appearances from popular comics Eddie Kadi and A Dot Comedian. Taking place at the Lyric Theatre on April 15, Oliva Tweest is […]

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