Masese worked his whole life to preserve the Gusii culture.
Mark Ngwazi inherited a Sungura songbook which depended a little too much on folk wisdom and flat moralising. Humour, wordplay and counterintuitive observation could be Ngwazi’s strongest points but his charisma provides the binding virtue to the songs he is building from memes, jokes and wisecracks. Six albums in, his outdoor church is only growing.
Afrofusion is a music style that existed even before Burna Boy was born.
The term Afrofuturism is being rejected by writers of African descent because it is a distinctly different genre that should not be used interchangeably with Africanfuturism. The latter centres the African point of view, experience, culture, themes, and history with technology-based in Africa, not the diaspora.
The Afrobeat star used music to promote and preserve his Yoruba culture – while entertaining diverse global influences.
Apart from a rich musical legacy, the beloved gospel singer will be remembered by a generation of artists to whom she was an inspiration, a caring mentor and a friend.
Prominence has come quickly for the 21-year-old Afro-pop artist Nomfundo Moh whose breakout single is one of the biggest hits in South Africa so far this year.
He played every venue that mattered, a global face of Afrobeat. Orlando Julius embodied the groove.
Abdullah Ibrahim and Johnny Dyani’s 1973 album was the realisation of a journey in music and spirituality, combining Islamic and Xhosa influences to create something unique.