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.
South Africa has lost one of its musical greats, with the death of gospel music maestro, Lundi Tyamara, popularly known as Lundi. South Africa mourns the death of a musical icon and tributes continue to pour in.
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.
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.
Today marks ten years since South African legendary jazz musician Jabu Khanyile passed on. We pay tribute to this African jazz icon, and remember the legend through his music, which undoubtedly left an indelible mark.
Africa’s lost a musical genius, the legendary singer Miriam Makeba (Mama Africa) who passed away on this day in 2008. We remember this legend through her music, which undoubtedly left an indelible mark.
The Toyota Center arena in Houston, Texas, on October 22 had what was without doubt the largest gathering of Africans in its history, and we have One Africa Music Fest and impresario extraordinaire Paul Okoye to thank for that.
The annual Pearl Rhythm Festival was created in 2012 to highlight unique Ugandan music. Arthur Matsiko was there to capture the sights and sounds of the fifth edition of the festival at the National Theater in Kampala on September 29.
This hip-hop group bequeathed Kenya a unique and identifiable hip-hop soundscape, and their oeuvre remains the most studied by urban music archaeologists – but what has happened to them?