K’Naan – Inspiring Musician and Poet

HERE is a story about fame. I heard it first as a fable in Somalia, before living it out in America. The fox, they say, once had an elegant walk, for which the other animals loved him. One day, he saw a prophet striding along and decided to improve on what was already beautiful. He…

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Neba Solo Debuts His Most Recent Composition

Neba Solo will present a concert of his virtuosic xylophone music and his socially conscious lyrics. Playing with his brother, Siaka Traoré, on balafon and Joh Camara on the calabash, Neba Solo will debut his most recent composition, which calls for peace in Mali. In his lyrics, one can trace the history of the political and social problems that led to…

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Soulful Bay Area resident and Ghana-born Artiste Maame Afon

Soulful Bay Area resident and Ghana-born artiste Maame Afon blends gospel, jazz, funk and reggae with a tasteful dose of African flavor in her debut album, RISE. RISE is a fun and inspiring album, featuring a mélange of rhythmic and melodic influences from Gospel, Afrobeat, Zouk, R&B, Reggae, Highlife and Jazz. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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Lerato (Lira) Molapo

Lira is one of South Africa’s celebrated Afro-Jazz singers. She has a South African Music award(SAMA)-winning album Feel Good and released another successful album, Soul In Mind in 2008 (which reached platinum in its 3rd week of release). She later released a live performance DVD( which went double platinum) and her live CD has gone…

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Mali’s Sidi Touré Casts Powerful Spell

African singer-songwriter wins global attention with hypnotic, ethereal tunes As a young man, Sidi Toure did not want to be a doctor or a teacher; he wanted to be a musician. Growing up in Gao, Mali, his decision to embrace the folk music of his native region did not sit well with his upper-class family. Follow…

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Congratulations Senegal…

…on the democratic coming of age of your Hip Hop Prophets! So, in case you missed it while spring concerting, elections in Senegal is over. The incumbent, Abdoulaye Wade, lost to his former Protégée, Mack Sall. This particular elections was of importance to the African hip hop community due to the involvement of Y’en A Marre for…

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