Tag Archives: South Africa

Trevor Noah To Take Over At The Daily Show On 28 September

The new sheriff will be in town  very soon, and yes, we now have a designated date when comedian Trevor Noah will be taking over Comedy Central and US late night television’s highest throne of ‘news and humour’. It has been announced that the South African comedian will be replacing veteran comedian and current host […]

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Trevor Noah’s Relentless Arc To Fame And Fortune

Trevor Noah will soon begin shooting The Daily Show – as he takes over from its US host, Jon Stewart. He’s no longer just the Noah who was born in Soweto to Xhosa mother Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah and Swiss father Robert. He is now preparing to bid his local fans farewell, with several shows at […]

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Durban is set to host the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards in July

A decade after bursting onto the world stage, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa and MTV Base (DStv, channel 322) are once again shining a global spotlight on African music, creativity and achievement at the fifth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA). The MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015, brought to you by […]

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Q & A ALERT: Jazz Muso Somi is on a Mission to Educate America About African Music

The US-based Ugandan-Rwandese performer on why she enjoys performing in SA, her decision to record her upcoming album in the hustle and bustle of Lagos and her Miriam Makeba musical How were your performances in South Africa? I always love performing in South African because I feel understood, maybe because of your deep jazz legacy. […]

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African Acts Nominated for BET Awards 2015, List Includes Sarkodie, Fally Ipupa, Yemi Alade

The list of nominees for the BET’s ‘Best International Act: Africa’ is out. The artists vying for the prestigious American gong are; AKA (South Africa) Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of Congo) Sarkodie (Ghana) Sauti Sol (Kenya) Stonebwoy(Ghana) The Soil (South Africa) Wizkid (Nigeria) Yemi Alade (Nigeria) African artists nominated in different other categories are Ghanaian-British […]

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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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Singing for Nelson Mandela ‘was unforgettable’, says Simphiwe Dana

IT IS more than 10 years since Simphiwe Dana sang for Nelson Mandela on his birthday. She got a standing ovation. It was the former president’s 84th birthday, and Dana was relatively unknown at the time, but the experience was unforgettable, she says. “It was a song I never released because it was a song […]

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‘Electronic Africa’ at Red Bull Music Academy Festival – Brooklyn, NY, USA

“Electronic Africa,” this Friday at Villain in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is the first night of the monthlong Red Bull Music Academy New York festival. This festival’s programming tends to expose secret histories of old music or uncover thriving, noncommercialized scenes of new music; true to form, this is not the organic, lilting African music of Putumayo […]

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South African Musicians ‘Ashamed’ and ‘Disgusted’ by Xenophobic Violence

Local musicians have collectively made an impassioned appeal for an immediate stop to the violence. JOHANNESBURG – South African musicians have come out against the xenophobic violence which rocked the country over the past few weeks. Artists Simphiwe Dana, K.O., Cassper Nyovest, Kelly Khumalo, Kurt Darren, Loyiso Bala and Skwatter Kamp collectively have made an […]

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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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Ret-RAW Saturdays -> Bongo Maffin – Makeba

Back when Xenophobia was not the main topic in South Africa, you could hear sounds such as those of Bongo Maffin’s multi cultural, multi-lingual group with songs such as this one, “Makeba”. Fronted by Thandiswa Mazwai (who sung in Xhosa), Stone (who rapped in Tswana) and Appleseed (who rapped in Shona), the group brought about […]

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Xenophobia: Zambian Radio Station Stops Playing South African Music

Lusaka – A radio station in Zambia on Friday black out the playing of South African music in protest against xenophobic attacks on immigrants currently taking place in that country. Asan Nyama, QFM Radio station Managing Director, said the move to black out South African music indefinitely starting at 06:00 hours on Friday. He explained […]

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