Keblack’s “Dream Seller”, More Than Just A Song

Music has the power to move us, heal us and inspire us. “Vendeurs de Rêves” (Dream Sellers) is a song by Cédric Mateta, a rapper of Congolese origin better known by his stage name Keblack. The recently released single, featuring fellow musicians imparts a potent message. Delivered in one tone, it takes on a voice for the…

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Meet Sona Jobarteh, The First Female Professional Kora Player

Sona Jobarteh began learning to play the Kora at the age of four from her brother Tunde Jegede, and by her mid-teens she became a permanent member of her brother’s internationally acclaimed ‘ACM Ensemble’. The Kora (21-string African harp) is one of the most important instruments belonging to the Manding people of West Africa (Gambia,…

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Artist Spotlight with Blinky Bill of Nairobi, Kenya

This week, we travel to Nairobi, Kenya to talk to our good friend Blinky Bill (Bill Sellanga). Blinky is a Kenyan musician/producer and DJ and a founding member of the forward thinking art and music collective JUST A BAND. His music is mix of futuristic african beats meets, funk, hip hop, electronica and hint of jazz….

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Nigerian Pop Star Davido to Perform at the 2017 Bay Area Afrobeats Concert Series

Mid-summer, adding excitement to highly anticipated summer shows, staged on Friday, August 11, at the Craneway Pavilion, afrobeats star David Adede’i Adeleke, better known as Davido is officially confirmed as the first African performer at the Bay Area Afrobeats Concert Series.  African music has a long history of influencing genres worldwide, and in recent years, the…

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This Image of Bi Kidude

I have never seen a woman ride a drum before, like a goddess rides a tiger…I have never seen an artist / male or female / anywhere across the world / own her instrument / like it grew out of her belly / like it was welded to her thighs. — Shailja Patel. Where does…

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Forty Years Ago, the CIA Had Its Eye on Jamaica—and Bob Marley Got Shot

Forty years ago, on Dec. 3, 1976, Bob Marley was shot in a gangland assassination attempt in the heat of a contentious Jamaican election campaign pitting the United States’ favorite (Edward Seaga) against the incumbent prime minister (Michael Manley). The shooting in Marley’s Kingston home—which also wounded his wife, Rita, and at least two others—occurred…

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