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Africa’s Best compete for 2012 MOBO Awards

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | September 20, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Some of Africa’s finest artistes such as  Sarkodie, Amadou & Mariam , Cabo Snoop ,Camp Mulla, D’Banj , Fally Ipupa, Fatoumata Diawara, P-Square , Spoek Mathambo, and The Very Best have been nominated for Best African Act in the 17th edition of the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards slated for Saturday, 3rd November at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

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Beatrice Kateme-Byakika – Mellow, soulful, talented

Written by Shirlene Brown | September 10, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Beatrice Kateme-Byakika is a soulful jazzy singer with a smooth, soothing style.  She sings in English and various East African languages including Lusoga, Swahili, and Samia.

Beatrice Kateme-Byakika

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Solange Knowles Shoots new music video in South Africa

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | September 6, 2012 | Leave a Comment

While her big sister, Beyonce was back in the States chilling at Jay’s Made In America Festival, Solange Knowles jetted to South Africa with mother, Tina Knowles to shoot her beautifully eclectic new music video for “Losing You” which Solange describes as “eclectic with ’80s references and African percussion influences”.

Curl queen Solange traveled to the township of Cape Town, South Africa–Langa & Khayelitsha–over the weekend to shoot her rand new music video for “Losing You.”  The song will appear on a new album Solo is working on, and we’re loving the vibe already.

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Sarkodie and Viviane Ndour collaborate with Jerry Wonda

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | September 6, 2012 | Leave a Comment

2012 BET Awards Best African Act winner, Sarkodie and Senegalese pop singer, Viviane Ndour were recently seen visiting Platinum Studios in New York in the company of Grammy winning producer, Jerry Wonda ahead of the Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA). Both Sarkodie and Viviane were in the running for Best Pan-African Artist which eventually was won by Viviane, who is signed to Wonda Music.

According to inside sources, Sarkodie and Viviane, recorded a new single produced by the celebrated producer, Jerry Wonda. The song is expected to be released across Africa before the end of the year.  Jerry ‘Wonder’ Duplessis has recorded the likes of Busta Rhymes, Mary J Blige, The Fugees, Trey Songz, Akon, Olivia, Diddy and Carlos Santana.

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Nhatty Man and Betty G gear up for first ever U.S. appearance

Written by Shirlene Brown | August 21, 2012 | Leave a Comment

When you think of Ethiopian music, you often think of traditional music, usually sang in Amharic. Nhatty Man and Betty G will change your perception of that.

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Concha Buika to perform in Washington DC

Written by Shirlene Brown | August 21, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Now this is a real treat! Concha Buika, born to parents from Equatorial Guinea, grew up in Mallorca among Spanish Romani people (Gitanos) – they imbued in her the traditional “cante” flamenco.  She was the only person of African descent in her neighborhood. Her music mixes flamenco, coplas, soul, and jazz. The New York Times calls her unique blend of flamenco, jazz, soul and blues, “luminous…magnificent…superb!”  Her voice has a soulful timbre about it, with a sultry overtone, lending a romantic quality to her music.

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Elikeh set to wow the crowds at Black Cat

Written by Shirlene Brown | August 19, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Elikeh Afropop is having a party at the Black Cat to celebrate the release of its new Album “Between 2 Worlds”. If you haven’t heard of Elikeh Afropop, you are in for a treat.

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Muthoni the Drummer Queen releases new video

Written by Shirlene Brown | August 14, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Muthoni the Drummer Queen, known for her rather eclectic rap/song style, has released a new video, heralded by some to be quite innovative.  Released with great fanfare at an exclusive screening  at the StarFlix Cinemas – Prestige Plaza in Nairobi, Kenya.

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John Legend to celebrate Women’s Day in South Africa in August

Written by Shirlene Brown | July 19, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Yes ladies, you heard right.   John Legend is going to be in South Africa in August to perform in honor of Women’s Day. Others who will share the stage include Unathi Msengana, and multiple South African Music Award (SAMA) winning outfit, MiCasa.
John LegendMinnie Dlamini, the show’s MC, tweeted that this show will be more intimate than his others.

General access tickets are available for R900 while VIP costs R1400. For a more exclusive experience, VVIP tickets / hospitalities packages are also available at R1750 via special bookings on 011 844 1103.

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Viviane N’dour to perform at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland

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

Viviane N’dour, former sister-in-law to the famous Youssou N’dour, is scheduled to perform a the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland on June 22, 2012 with the Jolof Band.  Her fresh fusion of mbalax, hip-hop, and r&b  makes for a delightful evening of music and a journey into contemporary African music styles.

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Ice Prince set to perform in Blantyre, Malawi

Written by Shirlene Brown | May 15, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Panshak Zamani, better known as Ice Prince, will be performing in Blantyre, Malawi this coming weekend courtesy of Black Rhino Entertainment. Ice Prince, one of Nigeria’s prominent hiphop artists, was the winner of Hennessy Artistry 2009. He is signed to Chocolate City music label.

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