Today we remember Papa Wemba one of the greatest artists to come out of Africa. His death last year was a blow to the African music industry and the fans of his music. His music and legacy lives on. May his soul rest in peace.
In the summer of 2014, a ten-block area in the middle of Kreuzberg in Berlin was cordoned off around a school in which some refugees had barricaded themselves in defiance of deportation orders. Next to the school, at the centre […]
Starboy is trending on social media and it’s all for good reasons. Wizkid’s latest video Come Closer hit 1 million Youtube views in 24 hours, a feat no African has achieved. The video currently boasts just over 2,4 million views (and counting) just three days after it dropped, which is a remarkable feat. Congratulations and keep breaking boundaries.
When two seasoned African jazz musicians come together to play music, what you end up getting is an unforgettable musical experience. Mozambican saxophonist, Moreira Chonguiça collaborated with Cameroonian jazz maestro Manu Dibango in a 10 track album that took five years of discussions. The album titled M & M was released at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on the 31st of March. The songs are a remarkable mix of well known old jazz standards with an African twist.
At only 21 years old, Saidy Brown a young activist from Itsoseng, South Africa is inspiring thousands across social media by being courageous to speak boldly about HIV. Brown who disclosed her HIV status on Twitter, describes herself as an HIVictor on her Twitter bio. She spoke to This is Africa on her journey. She is our #WCW.
It’s been 20 years since the Notorious B.I.G. was tragically shot and killed on March 9, 1997, in Los Angeles. He was just 24. Christopher Wallace, or Biggie Smalls, as he was also known, left a lasting legacy. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time, undoubtedly a lyrical genius.
We are celebrating one of Africa’s most talented and internationally renowned musicians Malian great, Ali Ibrahim #AliFarka Touré. Touré, a two-time Grammy Award winner died on March 6, 2006 at the age of 66. We remember this legend through his music.
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.