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Ladysmith Black Mambazo to South Africans: Stop Attacking Immigrants

“United we stand, divided we shall fall.” Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s latest song, with Malian singer Salif Keita, is a plea for peace in South Africa, which has been grappling with the fallout from deadly violence against immigrants from other parts of Africa. For this song, the distinctive Zulu Isicathamiya style — an a cappella form […]

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Q & A ALERT: How African Musician Salif Keita Went from Social Outcast to International Superstar

Salif Keita is known today as the “golden voice” of Africa, but in his youth he was an outcast, unaccepted by his community because he was born with albinism. Turning to music as an outlet, Keita rose to be one of Mali’s biggest stars, bringing traditional African rhythms and instruments to a broader audience. Jeffrey […]

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African Musicians Band Together to Raise Ebola Awareness

Song lyrics give clear advice on protection from the disease as international NGOs make unprecedented appeal for funds Some of Africa’s best-known musicians have recorded a song to raise awareness of Ebola and help people understand how they can protect themselves from the disease. The song, Africa Stop Ebola, features contributions from the Malian musicians Amadou & […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Salif Keita – Nous Pas Bouger

He is rated as the “Golden Voice of Africa” and he has reached heights that many African artists have not yet reached. Casting his albinism to the side, he managed to carve a musical niche that has his sound reverberate across the world and over, despite being a direct descendant of the founder of the […]

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Uganda’s Great Talent Joel Sebunjo On Coke Studio Africa This Week

CokeStudio Africa (www.cokestudioafrica.com) is a music television series produced by the Coca-Cola Company featuring live studio-recorded music performances by well-established African artists. It brings together artists from different genres, eras and regions to create a modern and authentic sound through musical fusion. The purpose of Coke Studio is to reinvent the way music can capture the spirit of a […]

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Sierra Leone News: Musical Splash…K-Man versus Salif Keita

International Business Communication and Training (IBCAST) and Rightalk Event are in collaboration with Sierra Leone Music Maker completing arrangements to stage an African musical splash this February, featuring Sierra Leone’s best male artist, Mohamed Saccoh (K-Man) and Salif Keita, one of Africa’s finest and very popular musicians. According to the Chief Executive Officer of IBCAST […]

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Russia meets Uganda onstage

Russian Alex Rostotsky and the Jazz Bass Theatre performance at the Primrose hall, Imperial Royale hotel, last Friday was no ordinary jazz concert. It unveiled a distinctive intertwined traditional and cultural extensive bond between Russia and Uganda. “It’s the first time I have done a mixing of Ugandan traditional music and Russian,” revealed Rostotsky. This […]

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Yet Another African Musical Rich List – Huffington Post Compiled?

Recently we featured a list of the richest African musicians compiled by Forbes Africa and Channel O. We have a new, which many blogs released today, reportedly compiled by media mega-house Huffington Post. It looks convincingly more credible than the Forbes/Channel O one as it consists of a reasonable number of names of veterans whose […]

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Brandy plays to an empty stadium in South Africa

American R&B star was surprise guest at Mandela Sports and Culture Day but most of the audience had left beforehand. Did Brandy play to a stadium of 89,960 empty seats on Saturday? The singer reportedly performed for a crowd of no more than 40 people at the end of a day-long arts and sports event […]

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Africa Passes Through Glastonbury: Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara and Others

Africa, largely Mali, passed through Glastonbury over the course of last week. The famed UK festival featured heavyweights such as the Rolling Stones who appeared for the first time ever and the Oasis’s Noel Callagher. These indiciduals shared their star presence alongside African household names such as French-Malian Fatoumata Diawara and her fellow Malian Rokia […]

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Mali hits Glastonbury: Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara and more

When music was banned in Mali, the organisers of Glastonbury festival swung into action and invited the country’s top acts over. Here’s what to look out for. When it comes to African music, Glastonbury stands taller than most A-list rock’n’roll festivals. Way back in 1982, the percussion wig-outs of Nigeria’s King Sunny Ade were a revelation to me: […]

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Blues for Mali as Ali Farka Toure’s Music is Banned

It has been almost nine months since Islamic militants in northern Mali announced that they were effectively banning all music. It’s hard to imagine, in a country that produced such internationally renowned music as Ali Farka Toure’s blues, Rokia Traore’s soulful vocals and the Afro-pop traditions of Salif Keita. The armed militants sent death threats […]

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