African Artists in Race for U.S. BET Awards

Pop artistes, Wizkid and Yemi Alade, have been nominated alongside Ghana’s Sarkodie and Stoneboy, South Africa’s AKA, DRC’s Fally Ipupa and Kenya’s Sauti Sol for the award of Best International Act Africa category. According to BET, their nominations were selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and entertainment professionals in the fields…

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Sauti za Busara 2015: In Pictures

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Ethiopian-American Singer Kelela Releases New Single, “A Message”

With her lustrous seductive vocals backed by an intensity and radiant sense of strength, and a recent release of a stunningly shot video –evocative sounds of lead track ‘A Message’– for Hallucinogen, a six-song EP that explores a cycle of “love and sexuality”, from “rejection and amputation” to “feral lust and longing”, to “Payoff”, it’s…

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Fela Kuti: Hear His Long-lost Debut Recording

Long before he became the king of Afrobeat, and one of the most inspirational figures in African culture, Fela Ransome-Kuti was already a recording musician. His early recordings were in the highlife style, the first modern popular music of Ghana and Nigeria. Fela’s Special, premiered here, was one of his first recordings (alongside the track…

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Will East African Bands Live to See Tomorrow?

Sarabi Band is currently one of East Africa’s best bands, with a powerful stage energy that sets the audience spiritually free. More than a dynamic musical band, Sarabi is family. If you were to look at old photographs of the band, it tells a profound story about a band that’s been together for a long…

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Angelique Kidjo Dedicates Grammy Win to Women of Africa

African singing star and activistAngélique Kidjo has won her second Grammy Award – a trophy awarded for the Best World Music Album – in a ceremony. From Benin, Kidjo received the award for the album Eve dedicated to African women. “This album is dedicated to the women of Africa, their beauty and resilience,” she said…

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