East Africa has become a fixture on the calendar of festival tourists from across the globe. While this is to be welcomed, it also offers challenges and opportunities to African curators of such events.
Following the death of legendary singer-songwriter Dorothy Masuka at 83, Stan Mushava reflects on how she was denied a place both in Rhodesia and South Africa. Similar post-colonial experiences of artists, journalists and activists support the argument that ultimately it must be the role of the African Union and sub-regional bodies to protect free expression, because individual states have narrower minds and temporary interests.
Songstress Dorothy Masuku once told South Africa’s public broadcaster that music was like breathing for her.
Cultural icons like Achebe, Fela and Saro-Wiwa were among those who highlighted Nigeria’s failings.
Bob Marley died more than three decades ago, yet he is still a strong cultural and musical influence. We explore why the singer affects millions of people across the world to this day.
We celebrate the news that South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir clinched yet another Grammy Award. The Choir received the award for the Best World Music Album for their album ‘Freedom’. Congratulations on the award.
Bob Marley’s culturally powerful, spiritual and socially conscious music has continued to unite and inspire people from across the world. Marley’ songs of African unity, Pan-Africanism, struggle for survival, love, peace, and protest remain relevant and powerful. Here’s our selection of Tuff Gong’s most powerful songs loved across Africa.
A largely unknown South African band is blazing the trail for African a capella in Europe and Asia.
Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi, who died at the age of 66, on 23 January 2019, was buried on Sunday, 27th of January in Madziwa, his rural home. Hundreds of mourners from across Zimbabwe, and the continent attended the funeral, celebrating the life of a global icon whose music will certainly live on.