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Naija Naija Naija Everywhere!

Written by Mwabi Murdock | February 21, 2008 | Leave a Comment

chikezie

If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.  Chikezie Eze must have been singing those Aaliyah lyrics when he auditioned again for American Idol after he was not picked last season.  We Africans don’t believe in quitting!

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Grammy Winners

Written by Mwabi Murdock | February 19, 2008 | Leave a Comment

angelique

2008 is off to a great start for African musicians. 

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Thriller Album 25th Anniversary

Written by Mwabi Murdock | February 19, 2008 | Leave a Comment

michael jackson

The Thriller album sold one hundred and four million copies worldwide.

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Tinariwen – Aman Iman: Water is Life

Written by Shirlene Alusa-Brown | February 15, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Aman Iman Cover

Tinariwen is composed of five men and one woman from Mali. Their latest album, Aman Iman, is an acoustic blend of contemporary music and Touareg style music sang in French and Tamashek. Tinariwen starred in a 52 minute documentary called Teshumara, or ‘the guitars of the revolution’, recently played in movie theaters in Europe. It tells the history of the Tuareg rebellion and the role played by Tinariwen in this struggle for freedom. Combined with Amassakoul, it’s been released as the CD/DVD combo The Soul Rebel Of African Desert. They have promoted their music through a flurry of concerts around the world, and have even been privileged to play with Carlos Santana, who is very impressed with their musical abilities.

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Suzzanna Lubrano – Cape Verde’s Love Songstress

Written by Staff Writer | February 13, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Suzzana Lubrano

Suzzana Lubrano is a great songstress with a soft melodic voice. A quick glance at her, and you would think you are looking at Jennifer Lopez. Her mixture of zouk and r&b blend together to give you a calm, soothing feeling. If you want to turn the heat up on a romantic night, put in one of her cds and it will create the mood! A very talented lady, she writes the songs in Cape Verde Creole (which is close to Portuguese), English, and Dutch.

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Songbird Uru Makes Sweet Music and Gives Back

Interview by Mwabi Kaira-Murdock | February 13, 2008 | Leave a Comment

uru

Uru, short for Uruaku is one bad mama jama! This Nigerian beauty’s lyrics sneak up on you and deliver message after message in a sweet yet profound way. Her song, “Wrap Up” is catchy but carries a strong message about protecting yourself from HIV. This self determined African superwoman told us all about how she got started in music, her hidden talents, and what she is looking for in that perfect man.

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African Love Tunes

Written by Mwabi Murdock | February 10, 2008 | Leave a Comment

love

Sometimes nothing says I love you better than a song.

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2Face Idibia Duets With R.Kelly

Written by Mwabi Murdock | February 7, 2008 | Leave a Comment

2face

2008 is starting off on great note for 2Face Idibia.

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Idris Elba, The Music Man

Written by Mwabi Murdock | January 16, 2008 | Leave a Comment

idris

I have gone a whole 2 WEEKS without talking about ‘my’ Idris.  Can you believe it? I must be slipping!

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Chris DeShield – Poised to take BET’s 106 & Park by Storm

Written by Shirlene Brown | January 14, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Chris DeShield 106 & Park

Chris DeShield is a mild mannered man with a disarming sense of humor.  Born to Liberian parents in a musically inclined family (his brother, Cyrus DeShield, sings with Metro City), Chris DeShield can play the piano and always knew he wanted to be a singer. This multitalented singer has penned songs for  Jennifer Hudson and written with Mario. He has opened up for Snoop Dog, B2K, MC Lyte, and Jesse Powell, to name a few, and has even had a cameo as the boyfriend of the woman that played Eddie Murphy’s wife in the movie, ‘Dreamgirls‘. 

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KenO brings R&B Smoothness

Interview by Busola Afolabi | January 6, 2008 | Leave a Comment

kenO

Who is KenO? Who does he sound like? John Legend? Keith Sweat? Or maybe Ne-Yo? It is hard to put a finger on KenO’s sound. And this, readers, is how you know talent. In this day and age of digitized voices, it’s refreshing to hear (and meet) an artist with a unique sound.

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