Tag Archives: Southern Africa

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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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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VIDEO ALERT: John Falsetto – (Sam Smith’s) Stay With Me (Cover) aka Stay With Me, Mbira Version

The Mbira is a unique but underrated instrument with roots in Southern and East African countries. Known to some as a thumb piano, it consists of staggered metal pieces attached to a wooden board and it is sometimes encased in a wooden resonator. It is known by different names in different regions of Africa where […]

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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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Slough to Celebrate the Achievements of Britain’s African and Caribbean Communities

  RESIDENTS are invited to experience the history and achievements of Britain’s African and Caribbean communities. A month-long event celebrating black history will conclude with the sights and sounds of Africa filling Slough High Street, on Saturday, April 25, between noon and 4pm. It will feature West African and Zimbabwean music and dance, a traditional […]

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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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South African Comedian Trevor Noah Leaves Behind Heartboken Girlfriend as he Moves to US Greener Pastures

According to the Dailymail Online, recently promoted South African comedian is leaving behind South African physiotherapist girlfriend Dani Gabriel who he has been dating for over a year, as he heads to America for his new job as The Daily Show host. Trevor was recently announced as the replacement for Jon Stewart on the prime […]

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South African Comedian Trevor Noah To Replace Jon Stewart As Host Of ‘The Daily Show’ in USA

South African superstar comedian Trevor Noah is going to become the new host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, replacing current host Jon Stewart who has been in the role for 16 years. Trevor is the first African comedian to make inroads into the mainstream comedy arena, appearing on various major American TV shows including The Daily […]

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The playlist: African – Thandiswa Mazwai, Maleh, Somi and more

The most powerful female voices on the continent include a pioneer of Kwaito and a 17-year-old shaping the sound of the Portuguese-speaking African diaspora Thandiswa Mazwai – Yeyam Nawe (#FreedomIs4Everyone) You can’t accurately describe the founding generation of South African kwaito music without acknowledging the influence of Thandiswa Mazwai. As part of the pioneering group […]

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Q & A ALERT: White Artist EES Making a Statement in Europe With African Tunes

Namibian musician Eric Sell (also known as EES), is one of the rare white Africans producing a music genre called Kwaito, which originally emerged in the ghettos of Johannnesburg, South Africa. In the Pulse studio, he talks about the power of music, his collaboration with a man that once fought in a war against his […]

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South African Rapper AKA Heading for a Grammy?

Is the rapper planning to take his music career abroad? AKA is one of the biggest rappers in the continent presently. Over the last four years, AKA has risen to become one of the high profile rappers in Africa. He also has a sizeable following in Nigeria. With his tremendous success in South African and […]

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