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Tedd Josiah finds his second wind

Interview by Mkhana | September 1, 2014 | Leave a Comment

With a name inspired by the local materials used to create the floor of his new studios, Tedd Josiah’s Sand Stone Studios (S3) in Kenya sets out to create high quality, timeless music that respects and highlights the country’s national language, diverse cultures and requires artists to stay true to themselves.

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Lake of Stars to host several top artists

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

The Lake of Stars Festival has been touted as “One of the seven African music festivals you really have to see,” by CNN. The Lake of Stars project was started in 2007 to encourage international tourism to Malawi.

Lake Of Stars - Selmor Mtukudzi

Lake Of Stars - Selmor Mtukudzi

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Lira and Wayna to perform at Howard Theatre

Written by Shirlene Brown | June 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Lira will be at the Howard Theatre on June 23 2014 to perform songs from her latest album,’Rise Again‘.

Lira

Lira

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Sibongile Khumalo – soulful jazz with a South African twist

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

Sibongile Khumalo’s love of song was nurtured by her childhood.

Sibongile Khumalo

Sibongile Khumalo

Her father, a music professor and historian, helped ingrain a true love for music when he exposed her to opera, oratorio and the classical art song.  Her sultry, soulful sound reverberates with heart and passion.  Her jazz sometimes sounds almost operatic.  She has a Bachelor of Art degree in Music and began her serious music career in 1992.

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Akua Allrich playing at Jazzway in June

Written by Shirlene Brown | May 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Akua Allrich, the multilingual siren, is going to be performing at Jazzway on June 7, 2014 at 8 p.m. She will be the featured vocalist with the Warren Wolf Quartet.  Peter Martin will be the special guest on piano.

Akua Allrich

Akua Allrich

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Tabi Bonney -TOHL (Time Of Her Life)

Written by Shirlene Brown | May 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Tabi Bonney has been working on some new music that sounds excitingly promising.

Tabi Bonney

Tabi Bonney

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Perola – Angola’s sultry vixen

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

Perola (born Jandira Sassingui) is a singer with a beautiful voice from Angola.

Perola

Perola

Perola has been singing since she was 7 years old. Her family moved to Namibia when she was 13 and then she went on to college in Windhoek, South Africa.  She recorded her first album, ‘Os Meus Sentimentos‘ in 2004 which officially launched her music career.  The album won her the 2004 Prize Radio Luanda award for Best Female Newcomer.  In 2005 she won the Kora Award for Best Female Artist of Southern Africa.

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Zanzibar International Film Festival slated for June 2014

Written by Shirlene Brown | May 13, 2014 | Leave a Comment

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) will be held June 14 – 22, 2014.

Didier Awadi

Didier Awadi

This extremely popular international film festival is now in its 17th year.  It will open with the Oscar nominated film ‘Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom‘.  79 films will be screened over 10 days and will consist of films from 35 countries (38 short films, 23 feature length films and 18 documentaries).

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WAJE – hot, smooth, sultry, talented

Written by Shirlene Brown | May 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment

WAJE (Words Aren’t Just Enough) might not be as well known in some circles, but she is talented enough to have her first album get nominated by the World Music Awards for World’s Best Live Act, World’s Best Female Artiste, World’s Entertainer and World’s Best Album.

Waje

Waje

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Shakalewa – dancing their way into hearts in Paris

Written by Shirlene Brown | May 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Shakalewa are a very popular Congolese group based in Paris France,  that are signed to the Universal Music label.  The band members are Denatora, Doks la Concorde, Mistos Capitano and Vans Guccima.

Shakalewa

Shakalewa

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Wayna to share stage with Estelle

Written by Shirlene Brown | May 5, 2014 | Leave a Comment

This is guaranteed to be exciting.  Wayna will be sharing the stage with Estelle on July 12, 2014 at the PG International Festival.

Wayna

Wayna

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