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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Listen To “Djula Dance” By Rising Senegalese Producer Ibaaku

Senegalese producer Ibaaku’s “Djula Dance” is a prime example of Afrofuturism as it stands today: an eclectic, electronic opus to a fantasy alien attack. What started as an accompanying soundtrack to Senegalese fashion designer Selly Raby Kane’s 2015 show became Ibaaku’s debut album, Alien Cartoon. “When I started work on the Alien Cartoon fashion show…

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Music Is Our Weapon Africa Premiere: a Film by Taye Balogun

‘Music Is Our Weapon’ is a documentary film written and directed by Taye Balogun, chronicling the journey of Sarabi – a Kenyan based band. Sarabi, a Swahili word meaning ‘The Mirage”, is this one dynamic band echoing beyond East Africa. Notorious for its explosively energetic on stage performance, lately, this young band has garnered international…

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Three African Countries that made it on Beatport’s “next 13 cities ready to rule dance music” chart

In Beatport’s 2015 report, leading cities like Brooklyn and Berlin are asked to “move over” and make way for the next 13 cities claimed to be ready to rule dance music. The report states that the selected 13 cities “aren’t the obvious hubs, but rather simmering scenes populated with local producers, promoters, visual artists, and party…

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Zimbabwe: Music Pirates Killing us! Government Losing Revenue – Macheso

It breaks my heart that I have to struggle to create, fund the rehearsals, record, produce, master and produce the CDs so that some thief just takes my work and puts it out there for a dime. FIRSTLY, I would like to apologise to our fans, our bosses who have been misled by these criminals,…

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Selam Festival 2016

Selam Festival’s 2016 Lineup includes Ethiopian legend Mahmoud Ahmed and world-renowned Hip-Hop artist Yasiin Bey formerly known as Mos Def   In an annual tradition, Selam festival’s fifth edition is bigger and more compelling – an interactive event with an exciting lineup featuring prominent stars like Ethiopian legend Mahmoud Ahmed and Hip-Hop artist Yasiin Bey…

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