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Moreira Chonguica and Manu Dibango release an album M&M
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Arts and Culture Moreira Chonguica and Manu Dibango release an album M&M

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.

Tanzania: Zanzibar hosts spectacular Sauti za Busara music festival
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Arts and Culture Tanzania: Zanzibar hosts spectacular Sauti za Busara music festival

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.

Wizkid and Ladysmith Black Mambazo nominated for Grammy Award
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Arts and Culture Wizkid and Ladysmith Black Mambazo nominated for Grammy Award

Talented Nigerian musician, Wizkid is in contention for a Grammy award for his role in U.S. rapper Drake’s 2016 album, Views, nominated for Best Album. Wizkid is the only Nigerian in contention for an award at the 59th Grammy’s. Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a celebrated South African band received a nomination (Best World Music Album) for their album Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers, and South African born fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout is also up for an award. A hearty congratulations.

Weekend Playlist: Exceptional female musicians
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Arts and Culture Weekend Playlist: Exceptional female musicians

This week, we watched Americans elect an alleged sexual assaulter in place of a qualified woman. While the world mourned, Hillary Clinton in her concession speech gracefully encouraged young girls everywhere to follow their goals. ‘’To all the girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your dreams.’’ Hillary said in her concession speech.