Otieno Gomba is a visual artist whose practice is deeply informed by signwriting and the space in which he works and lives – Kibera, one of Kenya’s largest informal settlements, or slums. In 2001 he and fellow artist Otieno Kota founded the pioneering Maasai Mbili Art Centre – which serves as a studio cum gallery and a platform for many creatives from the area. Since then Gomba has developed his own distinctive style, referred to as ‘ghetto art’, and while painting is at the heart of his practice Gomba also ventures into community outreach projects, conceptual art, fashion, mixed media and music. In order to find out more about the artist, whose work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internally, I popped by the Maasai Mbili Art Centre to have chat with him.
America’s Got Talent was privileged to have Kechi Okwuchi grace its stage. The Nigerian, whose story inspired many, sang beautifully as well. After surviving a plane crash in 2005 that claimed the lives of 60 of her classmates, she stood before the world and sang her heart out. Her story has gone viral, and definitely more people will be rooting for her to win.
Renowned South African musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka has described being honoured at the upcoming 2017 BET Awards as a great honour to be respected for her talent. We congratulate the artist on the recognition.
South Africa hosted Zafiko Music Festival, which took place on Durban’s Blue Lagoon beach from May 26-28 bringing artists from all over the world live on stage. Today we bring you some of the pictures taken by This is Africa during the festival.
Over the centuries, wherever Africans went, their music travelled with them, leaving an indelible mark on the cultures and peoples they interacted with. From the 1950s onwards, African music has had a particular influence on jazz, hip-hop and R&B in the United States.
Femi Kuti is now the official world record holder for the longest single note held on a saxophone at an impressive and slightly alarming 51 min 35 seconds. We congratulate the afro beat legend on the remarkable achievement.
Femi Kuti was thought to have set a new world record for the longest single note held on a saxophone on 7th May at the New Africa Shrine. Femi’s held a note for 46 minutes 38 seconds. It turns out that the record was in fact broken by Vann Burchfield, a saxophonist in Birmingham standing at 47 minutes and 6 seconds. On finding out he missed out, Femi tweeted: “If this is so, then like I’ve said we will work to achieve the 50min mark. No wahala [no problem]. I believe I’ve still got a bit more energy in my tank.”
It’s finally here; Forbes Africa has released a list of the richest African musicians. Nigeria dominates the list with three artists in the top 10; The list features greats such as Zimbabwe’s Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi who has 65 albums under his belt, South African great Hugh Masekela and Black Coffee also feature on the list.
On this day, the African music industry lost a legend with the passing on of Brenda Nozolla Fassie, popularly known to her fans as “MaBrrr”. We celebrate the life of the doyenne of South African music. Today we remember the music icon by sharing our five best songs.