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.
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.