Tag Archives: Senegal

Akon’s Ambitious Solar Plan Could Revolutionize Africa – Bringing Electricity To 600 Million Africans

Most people know Akon for his hit singles “I Wanna Love You” or “Smack That,” not his devotion to alternative energy. But just recently, the singer announced that he would be launching a Solar Academy in Bamako, Mali. The Academy will train local African engineers and entrepreneurs in order to teach them how to produce […]

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Appalachian African Community Hosts Fashion Show – USA

The fashions of multiple African nations were represented Saturday at the Appalachian African Community’s fashion show in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union. The countries included Somalia, Ghana, Congo, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Senegal and Zimbabwe, among others. “The show included musical and drum performances in addition to an international food tasting,” said […]

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Nico & Vinz join Usher at the Odyssey for Arena date

Nico & Vinz will be coming to belfast later this month when they support Usher at his Odyssey Arena date on March 21. Although born and raised in Norway, the band have strong African backgrounds. Nico’s parent hail from the Ivory Coast, whilst Vinz’s family come from Ghana. The duo perfectly mines their African heritage […]

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VIDEO ALERT: D’Banj ft. Akon Feeling The N*gga (REMIX)

Beats by Dre African ambassador D’Banj is not letting the top range headphones slow him down from releasing hit songs. The song “Feeling A N*gga” is a good demonstration of that point. Even Senegalese-American crooner Akon could not resisting putting his signature on the cool Afrobeats tune. The Nigerian and the Senegalese went straight on […]

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Savanna Jazz Events Showcase African Influences – San Francisco, CA, USA

Pascal Bokar, who grew up in Mali and Senegal before moving to San Francisco, personally has experienced the similarities between West African and American music. And in his career as a guitarist, composer, club owner and music professor at University of San Francisco, he fuses American jazz with its origins by adding African rhythms to […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Ismaël Lô – Jammu Africa

Senegalese maestro Ismaël Lô is deinitely one of our favourite old school artists here at Diasporaw.net. It is not his first time featuring on our Ret-RAW Saturdays post. He was once featured with one of his other anthems, “Tajabone”. Here is yet another one of his classics, “Jammu Africa”. He can be heard wailing in […]

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Q&A ALERT: Akon – ‘America was never built for black people’

The Senegalese-American recording artist talks frankly about US race relations, “rebranding” Africa, and his music. Senegalese-American artist Akon is a five-time Grammy nominee who has sold over 35 million records worldwide, and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in popular music, such as Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga and David Guetta. The […]

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Nico & Vinz: From Norway to Rochester, USA

Nico and Vinz to perform NFL — Pepsi’s Hyped for Halftime campaign When Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery, better known as the pop/hip-hop duo Nico & Vinz, think about football, they tend to associate with the sport with the round ball played on the pitch. That’s because the performers hail from Norway, where “football” means […]

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Florence Epee from Cameroon Scoops the Miss West Africa International 2014 Title

Florence Epee from Cameroon who wowed the crowd on the night of 21st December, left Nigeria with the Miss West Africa International 2014 title, succeeding the former queen Hawa Kamara, Miss West Africa International 2013. Miss West Africa USA, Lily Ogechi Udumukwu originally from Nigeria, scooped the 1st Runners up and Annarosa Traoré Assita, Miss […]

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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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Nico & Vinz Talk African Roots, Musical Influences [Part 1 of 2]

Norwegian music duo Nico & Vinz sat down with AFKInsider to discuss their recently released album Black Star Elephant and the behind-the-scenes logistics of the global music industry. The pair elaborated on their experiences, which thus far include nabbing a record deal and a few partnerships. In part one of the interview they discuss their […]

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A Nico & Vinz story – from Fashion Rocks to Ellen

If you not con-vinzed that Nico & Vinz ruled 2014 with their song “Am I Wrong”, then you might probably want to watch the video below. That doesn’t mean you can’t watch it even if you are con-vinzed. They have rocked stages worldwide performing the above song and others and their performances have been on […]

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