27-year-old Ofentse Pitse is the first black South African woman to conduct and own an all-black orchestra. Her 40-piece symphony orchestra contributes to shedding light on African composers and propelling young black youth to excellence.
The second annual Ongala Music Festival took place on August 23 to 25 in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. The festival named after Tanzanian musician Remmy Ongala highlights musical talents and creative collaborations in East Africa.
Uganda boasts of a thriving music scene, and the multidisciplinary Bayimba International Festival of the Arts recently held in Lunkulu Island serves to bolster the various art forms. The four-day event has become an important platform for the consumption, and authentic experience of various exciting artistic acts.
Johnny Clegg was a prophet, even if the ideal future he prophesied has not yet come to pass.
On a warm summer evening, Africans came out in huge numbers to SummerStage at Central Park to see performances from Nigerian singer Mr Eazi, Ghanaian singer Efya, and Kenyan singer Blinky Bill, the frontman for Just a Band. It was […]
At the 2019 BET Awards, Nigerian musical powerhouse Burna Boy won Best International Act, while South Africa’s Sho Madjozi won Best New International Act. With her win, Madjozi became the first South African female artist to win a BET award.
The politics of Jonas Gwangwa’s music have stayed constant over the years, and are also apparent in the eight albums he has released in South Africa since returning from 30 years of exile.
Countless pilgrims converged at Africa’s oldest synagogue, in Tunisia, where one of the last Jewish communities in the Arab world lives, for the annual Jewish pilgrimage and Lag BaOmer festival. For years, the synagogue has not welcomed as many pilgrims because of security concerns in the region.
In the first part of a series, Yaw Adjei-Gyamfi considers why the music and message of Bob Marley still ring fresh to our ears and minds, many years after his death.