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Mic Check: Hip-hop from North Africa and the Middle East

Written by Shirlene Brown | February 1, 2013 | Leave a Comment

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is producing a hip-hop show with several prominent rappers from the North Africa and Middle East, including Amkoullel of Mali. The show, Mic Check: Hip-hop from North Africa and the Middle East is scheduled for March 9, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at BAM.

Brahim Fribgane

Brahim Fribgane

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African artists confirmed for SXSW

Written by Shirlene Brown | January 10, 2013 | Leave a Comment

The South by South West  (SXSW) Conferences and Festival is one of the most prestigious events in the world.

Each year participants are treated to high quality artists, workshops and performances.  This year’s list of confirmed bands/performers has been put up, and there are several African performers on the roster.

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Sauti Sol release new video

Written by Shirlene Brown | January 1, 2013 | Leave a Comment

Sauti Sol is a Kenyan band that has been performing professionally since 2005.

Sauti Sol (Photo: Quaint Photography)

Band members, Bien-Aime Baraza, Willis Chimano, Delvin Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno met in high school and were  inspired from Fadhili Williams, Daudi Kabaka, Salif Keita and Lokua Kanza.

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Ahmed Soultan releases new video

Written by Shirlene Brown | December 26, 2012 | Leave a Comment

We last told you about Ahmed Soultan in 2007 when he released his album, ‘Tolerance‘.

Since then he has appeared on Ne-Yo’s song ‘Amazing You‘ in 2010.

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Miriam Chemoss releases new video

Written by Shirlene Brown | December 26, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Miriam Chemoss has released her first music video, ‘(Self) Love in Reverse’ off of her upcoming album, “Lovebird’ which will be available in store on January 7, 2013.

Miriam Chemoss

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Sonic Diaspora host Wagëblë at Patty Boom Boom

Written by Shirlene Brown | November 6, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Sonic Diaspora will be hosting Senegal’s Wagëblë at the Patty Boom Boom thanks to their sponsor, Nomadic Wax. The music starts at 9 p.m. and there is no cover charge.

Wageble

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Yvonne Chaka Chaka: A musical icon

Written by Shirlene Brown | November 1, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Mention the name Yvonne Chaka Chaka, and people are likely to think of songs like ‘Umqombothi’ (featured in the opening scene of the 2004 movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’, ‘I’m In Love With A DJ‘, and ‘I’m Burning Up’. 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka

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Brenda Fassie, the renegade who spoke for the people

Written by Shirlene Brown | November 1, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Brenda Fassie was the kind of woman you didn’t forget.  Her wild and independent style helped her make a name for herself, and allowed her to become a familiar voice and face for the disenfranchised in South Africa. as the anniversary of her birthday comes up (November 3, 1964), we would like to remember who she was.

Popularly known to her fans as MaBrr, she started her musical career as a young girl, singing for tourists while her mother played the piano.  She later went on to join the group, Joy, then became lead singer for the group Brenda And The Big Dudes.  She had her son, Bongani, with one of the musicians  in the group.

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Akon to perform in Kenya

Written by Shirlene Brown | October 25, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Akon is slated to perform in Kenya at Carnivore on October 27 and 28,  2012, thanks to the Spartan Group.

Akon Concert

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Yvonne Mwale – Sings from poverty to fame

Written by Shirlene Brown | October 22, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Yvonne Mwale’s tale is one that may make you pull out a handkerchief and dab your eyes. The daughter of Honorable MP, Michael Mwale of Zambia, and singer Jelita Mwanza, her life seemed like it would be a charmed life.

Yvonne Mwale

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Ludacris rocks Ghana!

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | October 1, 2012 | Leave a Comment

American rapper, Ludacris left Accra begging for more when he thrilled fans at the Vodafone 020 Live concert on Saturday with a medley of hit songs, from a career spanning across ten years. With an energetic performance which saw the rapper interacting with the fans on several levels, the auditorium of The Dome reverberated with over one hour of back to back hits.

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