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Omega Bugembe Okello – The Singing Health Advocate

Interview by Shirlene Alusa-Brown | April 16, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Omega Bugembe Okello - The Singing Health Advocate

Omega Okello is a talented woman with a beautiful voice (even when she talks the tonal quality is wonderful). Her soothing, soft-spoken style belies the strong, generous, intelligent woman that she is. Jamati was privileged to catch up with her to learn more about the things that make her tick.

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Kaysha- Musical Genius, Marketing Maven

Interview by Shirlene Alusa-Brown | April 14, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Kaysha is Sushiraw about his talent

Jamati was privileged to catch up with a man who is so busy he is hard to catch. Kaysha travels all over the world sharing his brand of ‘sushiraw’ talent with a wiggle of his hips and a flash of his smile. He has been featured on CNN International, and has produced music for some tremendous talent. We asked him what his secret was.

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Slick-J makes waves in Naija

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | April 11, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Slick-J makes waves in Naija

He thinks he’s slick and his fans think he can sing. So who at all is Slick-J? Born Emmanuel Steven Iyere, he is an up-and-coming R&B/Pop singer. Although he’s had a passion for music since childhood, it was not until somewhere in 2000 that a career in music became an option. His recent streak of performances across Nigeria has given him some sort of relevance on the Nigerian R&B scene. It is therefore not surprising that some people are already touting him as the next big thing.

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Simphiwe Dana Is Proudly South African

Interview by Prudence Chauke | April 8, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Simphiwe Dana

Jamati: How did you begin to get interested in music and, especially, in singing?

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Omega Bugembe Okello – Kiwomera Emmeeme

Written by Shirlene Alusa-Brown | April 7, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Omega Bugembe Okello - Kiwomera Emmeeme

Omegadraws from her African, in particular Ugandan, roots to bless her listeners with a rich worldly flavour. Musically, she is old school in a new school kind of way, using her music as a medium of healing, loving, education, empowerment and celebration with well thought out lyrics and a memorable voice to boot.

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Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) – Acceptance Speech

Written by Shirlene Alusa-Brown | April 7, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Hip  Hop Pantsula (HHP) - Acceptance Speech

Hip Hop Pantsula, better known as HHP, is arguably one of the most innovative hip-hop artists in African music today. His latest album, Acceptance Speech, highlights his versatility and great ability to utilize different genres of music (a style he calls Motswako which means ‘mixture’ in Setswana) to bring out a unique hip hop flavor. Even more interesting is his use of a 12 piece band (6 ladies [Bass player, Alto Sax, Trombone, Keyboard, 2 backing singers] and 6 guys[Guitarist, Keyboards, Drums, 2 backing singers and myself, the rapper]) to round out his style. He has performed with Will Downing, Angelina Kidjo, Jamie Cullum, Saul Williams, Snoop Dogg, Kwani Experience, Ringo, Bongo Maffin, Mapumba and many more.

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South African Music Awards 2008

Written by Shirlene Alusa-Brown | April 7, 2008 | Leave a Comment

South African Music Awards Logo

The South African Music Awards have been highlighting the homegrown talents of musicians for 14 years and introducing us to some wonderful artists. The categories, winners, and nominees are listed below:

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Soul:ID – They talk about their lives, projects, and their new album

Interview by Shirlene Alusa-Brown | April 6, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Soul:ID - They talk about their lives, projects, and their new album

Soul:ID is a talented group that puts a great edge of funk, R&B, and soul to their music. We reviewed their album (truly a pleasure for the ears). They have impressed several top notch musicians, including Zap Mama, and have made an impact in the music industry in Europe. They are now breaking into the Japanese market where they are sure to gain a strong following.

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Akon Writes Leona Lewis a Song

Written by Shirlene Alusa-Brown | March 27, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Leona Lewis

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Kora Awards will Revive Themselves in Nigeria

Written by Shirlene Alusa-Brown | March 26, 2008 | Leave a Comment

50 Cent

The Kora Awards took a 2 year hiatus to deal with logistical issues and other problems that had been impeding its success. A hue-and-cry ensued when it was suggested that the awards be done away altogether, as these awards are seen as a chance for Africans to vote for the artists that they feel most represent them and their musical culture. 50 Cent and Awilo Longomba are expected to perform at the awards this year.

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The Rise and Rise of Samini

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | March 19, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Samini without a doubt is one of the most consummate young African artists of our time. His refined tone and dashing looks have won him the hearts of many ladies across the continent. This has propelled his brand of dancehall rhythms infused with African beats to amazing heights and resulted in recognition across the globe. At the age of 26, he has won several Ghana Music Awards, a MOBO award for Best African Act in 2006, and at the just ended Hip Hop World Award, he clinched the award for Best African Artist. He is currently the music icon for MTN, the leading telecommunications company in Africa and the Middle East.

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