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Yahya Ismail interviews Hugh Masekela

Interview by Yahya Ismail | September 13, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Yahya Ismail is a Somali-American who is an aspiring videographer, audio engineer, writer, and musician with an eye for the unique.  When he got a chance to talk to the legendary Hugh Masekela, he jumped at the opportunity and recorded it on video.

Yahya Ismail

Yahya Ismail

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Idris Elba’s new song and video

Written by Staff Writer | September 13, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Well, Idris, I am not sure how to say this so I will just cut to the chase.  ” I love you, boo, but you can’t sing.”

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

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Gerald Barclay shares his latest video

Written by Shirlene Brown | September 2, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Gerald Barclay has been making videos for years under his production label, Gee-Bee Productions.  His ability to put a story into a short video with clarity that helps make the true essence of the song be known has been the reason he is so sought after by many.

Gerald Barclay

Gerald Barclay

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David Mensah shares his ‘Food of Love’

Written by Wanjiru Ndung'u | August 30, 2011 | Leave a Comment

David Mensah is an upcoming soul RnB artist whose stars look like they are written in the sky. The star whose “Music is the Food of Love” has been topping the charts, to much critical acclaim, is always passionate about expanding his music horizons.

David Mensah

David Mensah

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Soulfege release song from upcoming new album

Written by Shirlene Brown | August 19, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Soulfege has been busy working on a new album and have already released two singles from it.  Their latest single, ‘ Another Day‘, already has the elements of a winning song. It is already number 5 on the ReverbNation reggae charts for Washington DC and,  if their last album, ‘Take Back The Mic is anything to go by, the new album should be well worth the wait.

Soulfege

Soulfege

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Just A Band to perform live at the DROM

Written by Shirlene Brown | August 16, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Some of you might remember this incredibly creative band from our interview with them in 2008 (they had a great sense of humor, and were incredibly insightful about the music industry).  Jamati had noted that they were a group to take note of, and we were right.

Analogue Transit

Analogue Transit

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Lake of Stars International Arts Festival

Written by Staff Writer | August 10, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Lake of Stars Festival, Malawi’s annual international arts festival, today announced more of its stunning 2011 line up, which will feature over 70 acts including the very best of Malawian music as well as African legends, Freshlyground; the award-winning UK act, Foals; and South African DJs, Wasted Youth and Chris D. Lake of Stars will feature over 70 acts including the very best of Malawian music as well as our first ever live Kenyan act Dan Chizi Aceda. Visit the website for the latest line-up details.

Maskal

Maskal

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First Annual East African Music Awards highlight East African genres and talent

Written by Shirlene Brown | August 10, 2011 | Leave a Comment

The first annual East Africa Music Awards (EMAs) was created to celebrate the different genres of music of the East African region, and reward homegrown talent.  The genres that will be recognized include: Rhumba, Contemporary Gospel, Hip Hop, and Taarab, among many others. The ceremony celebrates music from the entire East African region: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Juliana - Representing Uganda

Juliana - Representing Uganda

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The Waithaka Ent quest for perfection leads to international collaborations

Written by Shirlene Brown | July 25, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Mugo Nganga is the ambitious producer behind Waithaka Ent.  His drive to produce quality music with quality artists has led to collaborations with some pretty big names on the African music scene including Julian Gbaba.  His collaboration with Chris DeShield resulted in Wickedest Whine which has been on heavy rotation on the Kenyan radio stations. He has also written several remakes for Kaysha.  Jamati was privileged to get him to set some time aside from his hectic schedule to share his passion with our readers.

Mugo Nganga

Mugo Nganga

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Multi-Platinum Award-winning superstar, LIRA to release ‘THE EP’ on July 26th

Written by Shirlene Brown | July 18, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Sony Music Africa recording artist LIRA is set to release a 5-track EP to set the precedent for her debut American LP “Feel Good“. LIRA has released four platinum selling albums making her the current highest selling artist in South Africa. The Afro-Soul artist will also be on a sold-out global tour where she will perform this month for the first time in NYC, LA, DC, Annapolis and Philly.

Lira

Lira

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Keko – Repping Uganda

Interview by Wanjiru Ndung'u | July 18, 2011 | Leave a Comment

She is the newest MC in Africa’s pool of female rappers, but she comes all out with her “on point” and powerful lyrics. This beautiful young lady from Uganda,who decided to get serious with her talent last year has been causing ripples, not only in Uganda, but across East Africa.

Keko

Keko

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