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.
Kanye West’s statement that slavery was “a choice” has caused an uproar. Surprisingly the comment was supported by many people but the remark continues being challenged by critics. Kanye’s statement shows an ignorance of the history, structure and legacy of slavery and racism.
Explorations of form and sound in jazz are essentially political. They challenge the status quo in society by interrogating categories and barriers.
Vusi Mahlasela, popularly called “The Voice of South Africa,” who was set to be conferred with a honorary doctorate by the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal for his contribution to society through his music could not receive his award this week due to illness. The university said it hopes the musician will be well enough to receive the degree at its spring graduation ceremony in September, 2018.
Reducing Madikizela’s entire life and legacy to her relationship with Mandela has more to do with patriarchal tropes about powerful women than reality.
It’s not everyday that an international musician performs for passengers on board. Travellers on a fastjet flight from Zimbabwe’s capital Harare to the resort town of Victoria Falls are in for an unforgettable experience today with superstar Oliver Mtukudzi. The legendary artist will perform at 34 000 feet, delivering an intimate performance as part of a promotion.
Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is the fifth winner of the $5m (£3.6m) Ibrahim prize for Achievement in African Leadership thus solidifying her legacy in governance as Africa’s first elected female president.
In 1998, Felabration—an annual musical festival commemorating the life of the late Fela Kuti—was inaugurated by Yeni Kuti, Fela’s eldest daughter. In October 2017, its twentieth iteration was celebrated. Fawning aside, what other valuable gems can be mined from Fela’s life and preoccupations? And what might these gems imply for the future of Felabration?