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Nneka Tours East Africa

Interview by Wanjiru Ndung'u | February 6, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Nigeria’s sensational rapper/singer Nneka jetted to Kenya on Thursday, 02 February 2012, in aprelude to her concert which was held on February 4th, 2012 in Tree House club on Museum Hill Road. The show, sponsored by the Goethe Institute, Kenya, featured Dan ‘Chizi’ Aceda, and a DJ set by Zelalem. Speaking of the show, Nneka says her fans should expect songs from her new album, ‘Soul is Heavy and No Longer at Ease‘.

Nneka during interview in Kenya

Nneka during interview in Kenya

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Who is Wendy Kimani

Written by Wanjiru Ndung'u | October 18, 2011 | Leave a Comment

While most of us just like Wendy Kimani start by singing along to music on TV and radio, very few of us actually break out of that to become a star.

Wendy Kimani

Wendy Kimani

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NYC: Just A Band Was Here!

Written by by Neema Syovata | October 13, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Just-A-Band is an eclectic band with a unique sound and style. Jamati Online has featured them before, and was excited to learn that they were in the United States, doing what they do best……everything. In addition to performing, they had a show at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MOCADA) in Brooklyn.

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Yahya Ismail interviews Hugh Masekela

Interview by Yahya Ismail | September 13, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Yahya Ismail is a Somali-American who is an aspiring videographer, audio engineer, writer, and musician with an eye for the unique.  When he got a chance to talk to the legendary Hugh Masekela, he jumped at the opportunity and recorded it on video.

Yahya Ismail

Yahya Ismail

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JANELIA – IN ART, MUSIC and LOVE

Interview by Wanjiru Ndung'u | May 25, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Growing up in Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria, Janelia started singing in the choir as a teenager and went on to sing professionally while in college, starting as a backup singer. This has seen her grow into a phenomenal musician, as can be witnessed in her music. Janelia has actually become what she wanted to do since she was young, become a singer, actress, wife and mom.

Janelia

Janelia

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ESKA – musically unique

Written by Shirlene Brown | May 13, 2011 | Leave a Comment

ESKA is an artist who is creating a genre all her own.  With a background in several genres of music, and a particular bent for folk music, she is a rising star in the eyes of fans who have long been jaded by the same old musical fare.

ESKA

ESKA

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Blitz Bazawule – Lyrical activist, lyrical ambassador

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Blitz the Ambassador is lyrically gifted.  With the ability to rhyme on a dime (see…he is rubbing off on me already), he raps about issues that make you take a second look–a deeper look–and see what is really there.  His album, ‘Stereotype’, was extremely popular.  In it he addresses issues that affect us all, and draws us into the parallels and similarities between Africa and the Diaspora.  The verbal imagery is powerful, drawing us into the images he paints as he leads us on this musical journey.  Jamati Online was able to catch up with him to talk about his latest project, an album and short film called Native Sun.

Blitz the Ambassador

Blitz the Ambassador

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Mzungu Kichaa shares his passion for rap, social issues, reggae, and Kiswahili

Written by Shirlene Brown | January 28, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Mzungu Kichaa is an artist who raps about social issues in Kiswahili.   This feat would not seem unique, except that he is Danish and has lived in Tanzania since he was fifteen years-old.  His passion for the music and his love for the country is not lost on his fans who show up in throngs to jump to his latest beats.

Mzungu Kichaa

Mzungu Kichaa

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Ugandan R&B/Soul artist receives Radio France International Discovery Award for Best New Artist

Written by admin | November 10, 2010 | Leave a Comment

mauriceLast week, Ugandan R&B/Soul artist Maurice Kirya (aka “The African Idol”) received the Radio France International (RFI) Discovery Award for ‘Best New African Artist.’ The 26-year-old was the first non-Francophone musician to win the prestigious award, which was presented to him in N’Djamena, Chad.  Performing in the presence of the country’s President Idriss Déby and First Lady Hinda Déby, Kirya displayed a new fresh talent much needed in the global music scene.   

With songs from his popular “Misubbaawa” album – available on itunes – Kirya received a standing ovation from a packed 30,000 seat stadium.  Playing  hit songs “I will Sing,” “Boda Boda,” “Angels Carried Me,” and “Wooye,” Kirya recalls “I did not win the RFI award just for me – I won it for my fans in Uganda and for the people of Africa.”

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AiRis Music is the Diaspora’s newest singer to hit the airwaves

Written by Roxana Bangura | November 5, 2010 | Leave a Comment

So you have been singing since you were five what made you decide to make a career out of it?

When I became a successful professional engineer and still wanted to sing. I felt unaccomplished and felt the need for my life to have more meaning, I felt the need to take my passion in music to another level.

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Banky W, Fally Ipupa, Daddy Owen, and Teargas signed for the 2010 MAMAs

Written by Shirlene Brown | October 27, 2010 | Leave a Comment

The excitement is upon us again as the MTV African Music Awards (MAMAs) come around again.  The entertainment lineup already promises to be one full of fantastic talent and great performances.  So far, the performers who have made a firm committment include, Banky W (Nigeria), Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of Congo), Daddy Owen (Kenya), and Teargas (South Africa).

Banky W

Banky W

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