“Making that album was like a cleansing” By: Michiel van Oosterhout

He taught singer Bobby Brown African lullabies and saw Richie Havens perform his anthem ‘Freedom’ at the legendary 1969 Woodstock music festival. Long before Wasswa Birigwa became a household name in Ugandan business and politics, he was a celebrated musician both in his home country and the United States. In the early 1970’s he released…

Idris Elba Releasing Mandela-Inspired Album Ft. James Blake, Mumford & Sons, Spoek Mathambo, DJ Spoko + More

British actor Idris Elba is gearing up to release a Mandela-inspired eleven-track album in November. mi Mandela, “a celebration of South African music inspired by Nelson Mandela,” its subheader reads, is a joint UK-South Africa project conceived while Elba was in Johannesburg filming Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Music, Elba explains, was part of his research for his role in…

Asa is back with “Dead Again”

After a three-year break from the scene, Nigeria’s Asa is back with a new single. Recently arrived, “Dead Again” showcases the sharp lyrics and genre-blending melodies that the Paris/Lagos singer/guitarist is known for. Strings, piano and a pulsating drumbeat accompany Asa’s words as she speaks of the end of a toxic relationship. The video, which…

LUO NYATITI MUSIC FROM KENYA

famous (Photo credit: the apostrophe)     Nyatiti is an eight-stringed plucked lyre from Kenya. It is a classical instrument used by the Luo people located in the Nyanza western region in Kenya. It is about three feet long. The player of Nyatiti holds it to his chest, seated on a low stool, with the…