January 28, 2014
Coca-Colonisation of African culture
Africans who confronted missionaries and imperialists faced the same challenge: either you are African or “civilised”.
Coke Studio, Africa - Season 1, Episode 2 No culture can remain static – especially in the age of...
January 27, 2014
The Tenor from Abidjan
One young Ivorian's quest to become the next international Opera star despite the overwhelming odds against him
Martial Landry Kouakou Assokoly Yao, aka The Tenor from Abidjan “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss,...
January 7, 2014
Oliver Mtukudzi @ Kirstenbosch
Mtukudzi’s music is happy music but his lyrics, for which he is famous, cross into more troubled territory
Fans at the Oliver Mtukudzi show last month in Cape Town (Photo credit: Jonx Pillemer ) In a botanical garden...
December 18, 2013
Afrik Lounge Radio
Young Africans Making a Difference: Tiwa Works
Tiwa Works Young Africans Making A Difference' series continues… On this episode of the Afrik Lounge...
December 3, 2013
The Quiet Rise of Heavy Metal in Kenya
ParkingLotGrass @ Bayreuth. Photo courtesy of Julia Eckel The room is crowded and sweaty, but no one seems...
November 28, 2013
An interview with Nakhane Touré
Equal parts Thom Yorke, Nina Simone and Xhosa lullaby
Still from Nakhane Touré’s music video for "The Fog" When up-and-coming South African singer...
November 26, 2013
Lagos Jazz Series 2013! (27/11 - 01/12)
Jazz is coming back to life again in Lagos with the help of the Lagos Jazz Series, now in its 4th year
Some of this year’s headliners “When I came back from New York City some eight years ago, I saw that...
November 25, 2013
Afrik Lounge Radio is back!
Kicking off the new season with Nigerian Electro-fusion recording artist WurlD
Nigerian Electro-Soul-Dance-fusion recording artist WurlD We’re BACK! Here is a full episode of our new TV...
November 14, 2013
Fredy Massamba – "Makasi"
"We need to go back and revisit our past with its musical richness in order to create modern music from our roots."
(Photo credit: Quentin Bruno ) Over the past decade, Congo-Brazzavile born singer Fredy Massamba has been a...
November 13, 2013
The other side of Nneka, “a small woman with a massive voice”
Nigerian singer-songwriter Nneka Most artists whose political and social sensibility informs all their music...
November 11, 2013
How Congolese artists make money
Libanga, DRC’s phenomenon of commercialised praise-singing
Fally Ipupa and fan Koffi Olomide , JB Mpiana , Werrason and Fally Ipupa are household names of Congolese...
November 7, 2013
Countdown 2013 - Best Read: #17
Afrobeat and Whiteness - A Tale of Entitlement
Back in 2004, I remember strolling by a now closed Williamsburg venue called Zebulon. It was afrobeat night or...