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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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Sinkane New Album “Life & Livin’ it”

In new single “U’Huh”, Sinkane shares a much-needed dose of optimism, repeating the refrain “We’re all gonna be alright / Kulu shi tamaam,” with lyrics in Arabic, Ahmed’s native tongue. Sinkane will release a new studio album ‘Life & Livin’ It’ on February 10th, 2017 worldwide via City Slang. The New York-based project of multi-instrumentalist…

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Sudanese Supremes Reunite

The Nightingales were one of Sudan’s best loved girl bands. The three sisters, Amal, Hadia and Hayat Talsam, were known in their 1970s heyday as the “Sudanese Supremes” with their stylish bobs, matching dresses and soulful ballads. The Nightingales kept going until 1988, when they played their final concert in the capital Khartoum. Now, 45…

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Nomoreloss: Sudden Death That Triggers Shock Waves

The early Monday morning passage of talented Nigerian singer and songwriter, Olumuyiwa Osinuga, popularly known as ‘Nomoreloss’ has sent a shock wave across the Nigerian and African music industry. The seasoned music star was confirmed dead after battling an undisclosed ailment said to have started early this year. A short message from one of his…

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Youssou N’Dour Signs Up To New African Download Service

Africa’s first home-grown platform for legal music downloads has launched in Senegal with the aim of promoting artists from the continent, paying them properly, and fighting internet piracy. Internationally renowned musicians such as Youssou N’Dour and Baaba Maal are among almost 200 who have signed agreements with “MusikBi“, along with younger rappers, jazz artists and…

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