Music is an underutilised tool when it comes to steering curricula away from strictly Western and colonial models.
Cesaria Evora was a Cape Verdean singer and Grammy Award-winning artist known for singing the island’s little-known blues style, morna. She earned the nickname “Barefoot Diva”, based on her fondness for going without shoes while giving voice to the emotional chronicles of her country’s bitter history.
Social media has played a central role in attracting attention to the story of Bobi Wine across the world.
When you think of classical music, do you think of names such as Peter Sylvanus or Christian Onyeji? Nigerian classical pianist Echezonachukwu Nduka released his Extended Play (EP) record called Choreowaves, and it’s not Beethoven, Mozart or J.S. Bach he’s playing. Nduka plays the work of African composers.
American rapper Cardi B’s childhood picture has become a sensational meme. The picture tagged with the phrase “my momma said” has been adopted by many Africans. The hilarious captions capture the gift Africans possess, to laugh at ourselves.
Senegalese musician Akon has started his own cryptocurrency Akoin to compete with bitcoin. Akon intends to go beyond just creating a cryptocurrency, and he also wants to have a “A Real-life Wakanda”, a crypto-city run through cryptocurrency in Senegal
Philip Tabane was unlike any other musician. His music was intimately woven into his cosmology and spirituality.
Thomas Mapfumo says Zimdancehall artists need the Queen’s grammar book or else they will forever be stuck in the ghetto of the music world. But Stanely Mushava says, the Chimurenga guru might want to nuance his criticism of young dancehallers a bit.
Fela Kuti’s critically engaging lyrics, and his intense and methodical delivery, provide an important window to exposing students to critical understanding of the global system.