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Repeat appearances by Kenya’s Sauti Sol and Nigeria’s Chidinma – Talent deficit or failure to diversify?
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Lifestyle Repeat appearances by Kenya’s Sauti Sol and Nigeria’s Chidinma – Talent deficit or failure to diversify?

Multi-award winning group from Kenya, Sauti Sol, best known for their hits “Kuliko Jana”, “Sura Yako” and “Unconditionally Bae” return to Coke Studio Africa – 2017, for the third time this year paired alongside Nigerian songstress Chidinma who is making a return to the show for the fourth time. We ask, is it not time to explore the continental music scene in totality and use the platform to launch talented underground artists into the commercial sphere?

Wizkid scoops Best International Act: Africa at the BET Awards
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Arts and Culture Wizkid scoops Best International Act: Africa at the BET Awards

Nigeria’s Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known as Wizkid took home the BET Best International Act: Africa in a fiercely contested category. The 2017 BET Awards were held on June 25, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony celebrated and honoured achievements in entertainment music, sports, television, and movies released between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.

Otieno Gomba Interview at Maasai Mbili Studio Kibera, Nairobi
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Arts and Culture Otieno Gomba Interview at Maasai Mbili Studio Kibera, Nairobi

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.

Kechi Okwuchi, Sosoliso plane crash survivor gets standing ovation at America’s Got Talent
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Arts and Culture Kechi Okwuchi, Sosoliso plane crash survivor gets standing ovation at America’s Got Talent

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.