Nyaradzo ‘Nyari’ Mashayamombe (36) is a musician and activists who is the Founder & Executive Director of Tag a Life International (TaLI). The last of eight children, Nyari is also a Reagan Fascel Alumni, Vital Voices Alumni, Community Solutions Board Member and Alumni who holds a Masters in Development, BBA Marketing among other qualifications. Nyari who has bagged awards for her work on the rights of girls is our #WCW today. She speaks to TIA’s Vimbai Chinembiri about her work and life.
Fans and critics of Cameroonian MC, producer and rapper Jovi have grown accustomed to his idiosyncratic brand of hip-hop, which is a constant fusion of diverse sounds. His recently released third studio album, 16 Wives, is further testament to this. Problem is, this trait makes his albums sound strangely familiar at the macroscopic level, which means he could become increasingly predictable.
The island of Zanzibar in Tanzania hosted the 14th edition of the renowned annual Sauti za Busara (Sounds of Wisdom), music festival, bringing together an amazing plethora of talent from across the African continent. This year’s festival was certainly quite engaging with acts from various African artists. The festival returned with a bang, and many festival goers said this was the best Sauti za Busara festival witnessed to date. If you missed out on the festival, take a look at some of the highlights in pictures.
In Africa, rock and heavy-metal music is often dismissed as aspects of cultural imperialism. However, author and metalhead Edward Banchs argues that African musicians are performing rock and heavy metal that is just as emotional, aggressive and ambitious as that of their peers around the world.
Donna Ncube is seizing the future with a zeal and enthusiasm which most young people are yet to discover. Based in Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe, Donna is establishing her foundation firmly in the entertainment industry. For this reason she’s our #WCW this week.
About half a decade ago, rap music in Nigeria was hijacked when local languages removed it from the stranglehold of English. After the untimely death of Yoruba rapper Da Grin, a major crusader for this intellectual capture, the scepter fell into the unlikely hands of a rapper who had been idling around ID Cabasa’s studio. The rapper was Olamide, who released his debut album, Rapsodi, in 2011. Today, Olamide is the most prolific emcee rapping in Yoruba. He has just released The Glory, his sixth studio album in six years.
The Benga music genre generally associated with the old has refused to die in Kenya, and continues to influence popular culture. Many young people now frequent the nightclubs, which were predominately the preserve of the older generation, where Benga music is regularly played.
The closure of music venues which promote live music usually creates a gap in an industry that needs touring circuits and venues that can support live shows among other things for sustainability. In December 2016, the renowned Joburg-based live music venue Bassline shut its doors. Tseliso Monaheng reminisces over the moments he enjoyed there with a selection of photographs.
Cameroonian musician and song-writer Emmanuel “Manu” N’Djoké Dibango turns 83 today. We have a list of five songs from this #afrojazz artist.