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Africa- The Women’s Voice

Written by Prudence Chauke | April 23, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Africa the Women Have Voices

Africa – The Women’s Voice is a compilation of well known and loved songs from different women of the African Diaspora. It features some of the hottest names in the industry and puts a powerful voice behind the face of Africa’s women.

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Akon, Loyiso, Obita, Black Violin, and Fat Joe Rocked South Africa

Written by Shirlene Alusa-Brown | April 21, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Akon - South Africa

Aaah Akon my brother, what’s up with the dire need for street cred? What happened to just using your talents to get ahead? I am not sure that building up a gangster rep will help you in the long run, especially once the money starts rolling in en masse.

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And the Award Goes To ……………………..

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 21, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Feliciano Dos Santos - goldman environmental award

Mozambiquan, Feliciano Dos Santos won the Goldman Environmental Prize for his songs about HIV prevention, proper sanitation and sound farming techniques.

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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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