Umlilo is the Xhosa word for fire. It’s also the stage name of Siya Ncobo, one of South Africa’s freshest electronic musicians. He / she is queer, outrageous and blazing a new trail. This Is Africa got the scoop on gender stereotypes, African Excellence and standing out to be heard.
Every year, tens of thousands of Africans arrive in Europe without papers, seeking a better life. Despite widespread claims to the contrary, this suits powerful European interests that profit from informal and illegal trades.
Thomas Mapfumo, Zimbabwe’s 69-year old chimurenga music star, performed in Cape Town last Friday night, but besides a small segment of the city’s Zimbabwean diaspora hardly anybody knew about it.
Mos Def, who is now known as Yaasin Bey, delivered the keynote address at Music Exchange 2014, a music industry conference hosted in Cape Town, his new home.