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Barbara Kanam shines on the Congo music scene

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 13, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Barbara Kanam is an award-winning Congolese singer-songwriter, music producer and actress who began her music career in 1991.  Her velvet voice was enhanced through musical training at the prestigious Psalmody Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Barbara Kanam

Barbara Kanam

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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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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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Fally Ipupa confirmed for Sawa Sawa Festival in Kenya

Written by Staff Writer | May 24, 2011 | Leave a Comment

The Sawa Sawa week-end concerts will be staged at the Carnivore Grounds on Saturday, May 28 at 6:30pm – May 29 at 6:30pm. Sawa Sawa will feature the ‘main’ concert stage, a (cultural) vending area, food and beverage area, an info market and child activities. The lineup and programming will be (as much as possible) focused on female talent and will be done in such a way that it will cut across audiences of different communities, age, gender, economies and cultures. Saturday evening’s program will be geared towards the youth while the Sunday program will focus on families.

Fally Ipupa

Fally Ipupa

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‘Hands Across the World’ by ONE8 gets Billboard endorsement!

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | February 2, 2011 | Leave a Comment

one8rkellyThe ground-breaking African super group, Airtel ONE8, has received an influential endorsement from the music industry’s authoritative publication – Billboard International – as a talented act that is poised for international success.

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2face and Fally Ipupa tops MAMAs

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | December 13, 2010 | Leave a Comment

2face at MAMA 2010The much anticipated MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) with Airtel came off last night at the Eko Expo Hall, Lagos with one or two surprises. One of the biggest successes in the past year, Wande Coal missed out on the honours, and there wasn’t too much Nigerian domination this year. Ghana’s only representative, Sarkodie lost the Best Anglophone nod to Daddy Owen.  However the Ghanaian rapper got the chance to shine in a mash up with Chuck D of Public Enemy fame and Nigerian female rap newcomer, Mo Cheddah. However the big winners on the night were Fally Ipupa winning Best Video and Best Francophone; and 2face winning Best Male and Best Artist.

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R Kelly joins Africa’s super group, ONE8

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | November 11, 2010 | Leave a Comment

R Kelly - 4 10 Credit Jim SwafieldRockstar4000 and Sony Music Worldwide have announced the last signing to the ONE8 music super group – international mega-star R. Kelly and the release of the group’s first single, ending weeks of anticipation across the globe. The star-studded gathering of African musical giants has continued to gather mass momentum with 8 of Africa’s rockstar legends combining their star power and talent into the continent’s first supergroup.  

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Fally Ipupa, P-Square top MAMA nominations

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | November 3, 2010 | Leave a Comment

MTV Networks Africa and Zain have announced the nominations for the fally2010 MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain (MAMA). Nigerian artists scored an impressive 13 nominations including three nominations for duo P-Square (Artist of the Year, Best Group and Best Video), and two nominations each for MAMA 2009 winner 2FACE (Best Male, Artist of the Year), Wande Coal (Best Anglophone, Best Male) and Banky W (Song of the Year, Best Video).

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Banky W, Fally Ipupa, Daddy Owen, and Teargas signed for the 2010 MAMAs

Written by Shirlene Brown | October 27, 2010 | Leave a Comment

The excitement is upon us again as the MTV African Music Awards (MAMAs) come around again.  The entertainment lineup already promises to be one full of fantastic talent and great performances.  So far, the performers who have made a firm committment include, Banky W (Nigeria), Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of Congo), Daddy Owen (Kenya), and Teargas (South Africa).

Banky W

Banky W

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Amani and 2face round up ONE8 music supergroup

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | October 20, 2010 | Leave a Comment

amani9After weeks of speculations and anticipations, the buzzing new African music supergroup, ONE8 is complete with the addition of Kenya’s sexy and talented singer, Amani; and Nigerian superstar 2face Idibia. Amani becomes the only lady in the group comprising eight of Africa’s top music solo and group acts.

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Fally Ipupa joins ONE8 music group

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | October 13, 2010 | Leave a Comment

fallyDRC’s acclaimed sex symbol, singer, songwriter and respected guitarist, Fally Ipupa has been revealed as the sixth member of the much-talked about growing phenomenon, ONE8. This leaves two vacant spaces to be occupied by Nigeria and Kenya, before the international top act that would join the African music supergroup to create the buzzing hit song is revealed.

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