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Major African Music Artists to Perform Pro Bono for PLAD’s STOP Africa Land Grab Concert — Sunday, September 21st at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC

Washington, DC — Performing for the first time ever in DC – The legendary Mbilia Bel from the Democratic Republic of Congo, artist producer Didier Awadi from Senegal, emerging artist Hanisha Solomon from Ethiopia, Ray-Son from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the incredible Simply Chrysolite and Naledi Ya Tshawane who both hail from South Africa! PLUS […]

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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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Womad 2014: Youssou N’Dour – Senegal’s minister of sound

Womad festival headliner Youssou N’Dour tells Mark Hudson about his journey from grooves to government – and back againg> ‘When you’re outside politics, it’s very easy to say, ‘Why didn’t they think of that?’ or ‘Why are they so slow?’ But when you get inside, you realise how complicated the processes are.” Africa’s biggest music […]

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Ret-RAW Saturdays: Ismael Lo – Tajabone

He is one of the champions of Senegalese music and an ambassador of the country’s entertainment scene. Ismaël Lô was born in Niger to a Senegalese father and a Nigerian mother. His diversity is heard in the vocalist, guitar and harmonica payer’s music. He has had an illustrious international career and there are only a […]

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Big African Names for UK WOMAD Festival

WOMAD is one of the grand musical festivals of the south-west of UK. It’s not only prominent for the quality of artists and talent it brings together every year but also for its diversity. Founded by Thomas Brooman and Bob Hooton and hosted in Shepton Mallet, it has given its audiences over the years a reach […]

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Let’s be Proud of Africa – Dudu Manhenga

International collaborations in music have come to stay. Thanks to communication, Ghanaian artistes can now have artistes in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire, just mentioning a few feature on Ghanaian music. The same can be said of other countries having Ghana artistes feature on their music. This is similar to movies and sports. Dudu […]

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Akon Looks To Bring Electricity to African Homes

Grammy-nominated singer Akon has a goal of bringing solar-powered electricity to 1 million homes in Africa by the end of the year, and the singer is using millions of his own dollars for the cause. Akon started an initiative called “Akon Lighting Africa” this month. The singer, who was born in the US to Senegalese […]

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Berita spreads wings, out to conquer Africa

EASTERN Cape songstress Berita Khumalo will be spreading her wings internationally this year to tour a number of African countries. After being crowned “queen” of African Pop for her debut album Conquering Spirit at last year’s Metro FM Music Awards Berita said interest in her music grew in Africa and beyond. Speaking to the Dispatch […]

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10 African hip-hop artists missing from your playlist

ONE OF THE most succinct and articulate quotes on mainstream hip-hop over the past decade came from Erykah Badu and is doing the rounds on social media again. It goes a little something like this: How y’all gonna stand by and let our music turn into pop techno cornball ass music? Well Erykah, I don’t know, […]

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Senegal star sings for C. African Republic peace

Renowned Senegalese musician Youssou Ndour plans to release a song calling for peace in Central African Republic, teaming up with a Christian singer from the battle-scarred country to convey a message of religious harmony. A statement released over the weekend said Ndour, a Muslim, and Lydie Natacha, alias Idylle Mamba, began working on the song […]

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Two Big Cissoko Releases

Sousou Cissoko and her husband Maher Cissoko are a musical couple who definitely drum, or more appropriately strum to their own beat. In 2011 I saw them perform in Mali and admired the way they captured their audiences. Their music was tight and original too, but we didn’t meet back then so I was excited to learn […]

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Arts residency program brings African beats, culture to Shutesbury school

SHUTESBURY, MA — Though West Africa is an ocean away, distance has proven to be no obstacle for the students and faculty of Shutesbury Elementary School (Shaftesbury, Massachusetts), who spent five days this month learning traditional African drumming, dancing and language as part of the school’s “artist-in-residency” program. The program, led by Marilyn and Sekou […]

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