When pop star D’banj signed up to help get Goodluck Jonathan elected president, fans turned on him. But a hit song turned things around.
Ghana’s history shows a strong connection between music and politics that has evolved over six decades.
Baxsan’s tumultuous six-decade journey as a singer was irrevocably tied to Somalia’s national identity and cultural history.
Like Pata-Pata, Homeless and Mbube, the song Jerusalema is elevated by a historical moment in time and has the power to cross over to different audiences.
During the coronavirus pandemic the Jerusalema dance challenge enacted a way for communities to connect – repetitive enough to be picked up and varied enough to tease.
Young Nigerians are protesting bad governance and police brutality. Where is the music to assist them?
The live streaming of music events online is full of potential – but right now few artists or hosting venues are earning much from it.
His single Yeke Yeke was the first African song to pass a million in sales, but it’s meaning was best understood in Guinea, home of the griot and kora star.
Uganda’s COVID-19 task force would do well to embrace pop music in its public health communications.