Category: Music

Afropop

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Peace For Liberia

In Liberia, if not anywhere else, rap is art. It is the poetry of a generation of youth that grew up in a civil-war-torn country. It is the reflection of the frustrations of Liberians about political corruption and extreme poverty. Like American rap music, “hip-co,” is the music of the mean streets of Monrovia. A […]

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Akon A Changed Man

Akon Is A Changed Man

  From the soundproofed surfaces and ground to the huge couches and key pad shelves, there’s only one color within Akon’s state-of-the-art individual studio room–white. The multi-platinum producer says it makes thinking easier.The July release of his 4th studio record will mark almost a decade since the Senegalese-American performer’s 2004 hit “Trouble”, brought him to […]

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Miriam Makeba Joins Elite Google Group On 81st Birthday

Miriam Makeba, celebrated South African singer and activist,  joins a fairly elite group of  African diaspora members  honored by Google.  Makeba was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1932.  Though internationally known, her anti- apartheid stance caused the South African government to block her return in 1960. The voice of the genre now known as […]

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Kenyan Conscious Hip Hop

AMURTZO Brings The Real Hip Hop From Kenya

    Suleiman Mohammed and crew are a rising voice in Kenya’s hip hop consciousness. With the support of the AMURT Program (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team) a relief organization founded in India, AMURTZO spreads empowerment for Kenyan youth. “Why are we going wrong?” he raps at such venues as youth football tournaments. Suleiman will […]

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African Gangnam Style

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Idris Elba To Host Concert In Lagos

Actor Idris Elba will host ‘Koko Concert’ in Lagos, Nigeria on December 27. Tentatively scheduled to perform are The Kokomaster himself D’Banj,  Big Sean, Pusha T, and Kay Switch. Elba is no stranger to the DJ booth. He helped in an uncle’s wedding-DJ business in 1986.Within a year he had started his own DJ company with […]

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Youssou N’Dour: One Of Africa’s Greatest Singers

  Youssou was born on 1st October 1959 in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. The son of a car mechanic grew up in Medina, a hard-bitten part of the city. His musical talent already became obvious as a teenager, when performing in the parking lots outside the city’s dance clubs. Since the 1970s, Youssou […]

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