Category: Music

“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 an Afro-American folk jazz album...

Sapology: Congolese “sapeur” inspire Spring / Summer 2016 of Christian Louboutin

  The phenomenon of “La sape” continues to spread across the world. Over time, Many celebrities adopt and contribute to it internationalization if not globalization. This is the case of the famous designer Christian Louboutin who was inspired and presented his new new collection. Recently the rapper Master Gims evoked in his last track the name of some favorite brands...

Merging the Personal with the Political: Nneka – “My Fairy Tales” Album Review.

  Ever since I first heard “Kangpe” on FIFA 10, I have been extremely interested in the eclectic sound of the music Nigerian artist Nneka creates. She is, in my opinion, one of the best and strongest voices on the African continent in the new millennium, offering a fresh perspective on pertinent, everyday-life issues through her socially aware and politically...

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 the biopic. Curated, written and...

SOMALIA: Renowned female artist and MP Saado Ali Warsame shot dead in Mogadishu

Mogadishu (RBC) Unidentified gunmen have today shot and killed renowned Somali artist Saado Ali Warsame near her hotel in Mogadishu around 12.00 pm local time, colleagues and family members said. Mrs Warsame was shot and killed by heavily armed gunmen using a vehicle who waited in front of the Ambassador Hotel at the busy Maka al Mukarama road where she...

The Rise in Consciousness: Rebirth of revolutionary African music by OUSAINOU MBENGA

The role that music plays in the African liberation struggle against exploitation and oppression has suffered a relative set back in recent years. But the set up for a revolutionary come back is evident in the message of the Democratic Union of Gambian Activists – DUGA’S anthem (Notange) by “Djiexi Production and Against Impunity by Djilly Bagdad, Xuman and co....