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Highlife: The heart and soul of Ghana’s popular music
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Arts and Culture Highlife: The heart and soul of Ghana’s popular music

From its infancy as music for the urban elites to its heyday as the soundtrack for the liberation movement in Ghana, highlife music has remained the bedrock of West African popular culture. This is the story of a genre that has survived through generations and different trends to retain its unique identity amidst a host of contemporary influences

Working towards change in Cameroon’s challenging music industry
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Arts and Culture Working towards change in Cameroon’s challenging music industry

Cameroon has produced some of Africa’s best-known musicians, from Manu Dibango to Richard Bona, Francis Bebey to Sam Fan Thomas. Today the country is bustling with fresh young talent which, influenced by global trends, are playing a mix of contemporary rhythms, from Soul to Rhythm and Blues, House to Jazz and Hip-hop. But the current crop of artists are having to do it all on their own with no professional organization, very few gigs and limited airplay on radio and TV.

Who owns Kenya?
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African identities Who owns Kenya?

The 2010 constitution prevents foreigners from owning land in Kenya, but as Kenyans have come to find out implementing these provisions are complicated by the ambiguous nature of the law and deliberate moves by the landed class to frustrate the process.