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Anselmo Ralph – an undisputed kizomba crooner

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

It is an undisputed fact that Anselmo Ralph is one of the hottest music exports out of Angola.

Anselmo Ralph

Anselmo Ralph

Signed to Sony Music, he has 6 albums under his belt,  completed a promotional campaign with Coca Cola in 2012 (the first time Coca Cola has ever done anything with an Angolan artist), and just got a nomination in the Best Male category at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards.

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2014 MTV MAMA Nominees

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 17, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Well MTV has announced its 2014  MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) nominees.

Anselmo Ralph

Anselmo Ralph

Mafikizolo and Uhuru from South Africa were nominated for 4 awards as was Nigeria’s Davido.  Both will be competing against each other in the Song of the Year, Artist of the Year and Best Collaboration categories.

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Matthew Shell co-writes new song with IhsAn Bilal, Honore and Don Juan

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Matthew Shell recently penned a song with IhsAn Bilal and Don Juan called ‘My Baby‘. The song is a tribute to Matthew Shell’s wife, Terra.

IhsAn Bilal

IhsAn Bilal

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Outcasts of Jupiter – a new face in comic land

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Outcasts of Jupiter is a new, scifi adventure comic written by Shobo Coker and drawn by Shofela Coker. The story takes place on Earth, in 3125, in the fictional City of Seven Faces, a visually and culturally rich cliff side city in our version of Morocco. The exotic City of Seven Faces is a mysterious place, full of strange secrets, slavers, gangsters and wanted criminals.

Outcasts augmented

Outcasts augmented

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Absa Cape Epic Race

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 14, 2014 | Leave a Comment

The Absa Cape Epic race is a two-person team annual mountain bike stage race held in the Western Cape, South Africa.  Team members are required to take care of each other and their equipment, and must finish the race together.

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D’Banj has candid interview with MTV

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 14, 2014 | Leave a Comment

In an interview with MTV’s Alexis Stevens, D’banj shared that he got into music after his brother died.

D'banj

D'banj

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Koroga Festival to host Freshlyground

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 10, 2014 | Leave a Comment

The Koroga Festival, a bi-monthly celebration of music and art, is set to host South African group, Freshlyground.

Freshlyground

Freshlyground

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Ethiopia signs Goran Stevanovic as new soccer coach

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 8, 2014 | Leave a Comment

The Ethiopian Football Federation has picked Goran Stevanovic to be their national team’s football coach.

Goran Stevanovic

Goran Stevanovic

Stevanovic was previously Ghana’s coach and had worked as an assistant coach for Serbia and Montenegro.  Despite being responsible for leading the Ethiopian Walyas to their first African Cup of Nations slot in three decades, Sewnet Bishaw was let go following a poor showing at the African Nations Cup.

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beBecca – Ghana’s silky voiced siren

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Becca has an earthy tone, reminiscent of Phyllis Hyman. In her song, ‘Sugar‘, she showcases her vocal skills.

Becca

Becca

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Modibo Keita and Meryem perform with Nomadic Massive at Kennedy Center

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 4, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Modibo Keita, a talented young trombonist of Malian descent,  plays every year in the Montreal International Jazz Festival and has done so since 2007. In 2009, he opened for Busta Rhymes, and he played in the horn section for Iraqi rapper, the Narcycist. In 2010 he was chosen to take part in the Yamaha Canada All-Star Jazz Band in Ottawa.

Modibo Keita

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