Tag Archives: Southern Africa

The Noisettes: Bring Home The Music, Shingai

Shingai Shoniwa speaks exactly how she sings —smokey, syncopated south London — on Hey, Hey, the Dennis Ferrer-produced monster hit from which most on this side of the world will recognise her voice. Three years ago, LA Reid — the music mogul and former chairperson of the Island Def Jam Music Group — flew Shoniwa and […]

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Mokoomba: Zimbabwe’s new sound (Coming to WOMAD)

The country’s music scene was decimated by Aids, but now fusion band Mokoomba have won a best newcomer world music gong. Is this the beginning of a renaissance? By Robin Denselow Abundance Mutovi was just 14 when he began playing with the other members of Mokoomba. It was in 2002, when they were at school together […]

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Taking us to the Dance: Freshlyground Interview

Ahead of Freshlyground’s London tour, Matt van Niftrik interviews Zolani and Kyla-Rose about the band’s incredible global success, their latest album Take me to the Dance, and their creepy new video… The Skype icon bounces up and down on my toolbar. That ring I’ve been waiting for since last week. “Just hold on, I’m gonna get […]

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CEO Dancers Wow BGT Judges and Crowd

It’s something different, it’s something unique and it’s something utterly refreshing. Hailing from London, the girls who call themselves CEO dancers, showed up at the UK talent reality show, Britain’s Got Talent. The girls stepped out with cliché moves to Beyonce Knowles’s famous single ‘Single Ladies’, before they suddenly broke it down with a pulsating […]

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A London music and dance evening with top SA jazz and classical artists

The Masikhule Project presents: An evening of World and South African Music and Dance featuring  Mervyn Africa, Njabulo Madlala, Lerato Zwezwe, Mulrado DC and a few surprise guests Date: Sunday 5 May 2013 from 16:30 – 18:30 South African pianist and composer Mervyn Africa has been one of the great names of African jazz for the last 30 years. His […]

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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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Freshlyground: Polished African Pop On The Global Dance Floor

by BANNING EYRE Freshlyground has been one of the most talked about bands out of post-apartheid South Africa. One reason is the voice of lead singer Zolani Mahola. Mahola is a powerhouse; she and six other black and white musicians from around southern Africa make up the group. They came together in 2002 to forge […]

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The Parlotones Keeping Africa Rocking

If for some reason, you uninformedly get thrown into the middle of the crowd at The Parlotones’ concert, you will be forgiven for thinking that you are at a Greenday show. Unlike the “21 Guns” singers, The Parlotones is a South African pop rock group fronted by make-up wearing singer and rhythm guitarist Kahn Morbee. […]

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Miss Africa USA Going Strong

Fatoumata “Fifi” Soumah is the reigning Miss Africa USA. 21 year old Fifi Soumah is a full time student at Montgomery College, majoring in Communications. She is originally from the Republic of Guinea Conakry in West Africa. Fifi has been using her title as Miss Africa USA 2010 to raise awareness and educate others about […]

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It’s UK Zambians Excellence Awards Night Tonight

Outstanding Zambian personalities living in the UK are getting honoured with special excellence awards tonight. The UKZambians awards for excellence event is being held at the Zambian High Commissioner in London. Among the nominees is current Miss Southern Africa UK, Fernanda Kanyendo. The gorgeous young model has been nominated in the “Young Achievers” category and […]

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Zim-Awards Ball; Show is on Tonight

The Zim-Awards Ball 2010 is on tonight and the organisers are fired up. This is year’s event is going to be bigger and better, according to one of the organisers. Rise Up Investments Limited created the Zim Awards ceremony is in now in its third year running. Zim Awards was ceated to honour “individuals and […]

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Step in the Right Direction For Gamu

The decision today by the UK’s Home Office to reverse the decision against granting a visa to Gamu Nhengu and her family has put Gamu’s foot in the door for this year’s Christmas Number 1 and more. With Gamu’s stay in the UK no longer under immediate threat, she now has the freedom to record […]

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