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Ethiopia’s Rophnan to play in Kenya

Electronic music fans in Nairobi can look forward to seeing Ethiopian DJ and producer Rophnan at the Alchemist Bar on 14 September 2019. The evening will also feature performances by Kenyan DJ and producer Suraj and DJ B-Town. “I am excited towards this show in Kenya, more than any other country outside Ethiopia,” Rophnan said. “I believe that the musical connection between Ethiopia and Kenya is essential and should be further … Continue reading Ethiopia’s Rophnan to play in Kenya

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The legacy of DJ Arafat and how he took the Coupé Décalé sound to the world

A night out in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, is not complete until you find yourself in a line of Ivorians, all standing side by side facing the giant mirrors that line every dance floor in the city, dancing to a DJ Arafat song. The untimely death earlier this week of the man dubbed the King of Coupé Décalé left fans stunned as they come … Continue reading The legacy of DJ Arafat and how he took the Coupé Décalé sound to the world

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Interview With Renowned Cellist, Composer And Musician Thokozani Ndumiso Mhlambi

Thokozani Ndumiso Mhlambi is the NRF Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovation, at the Archive & Public Culture Research Initiative at the University of Cape Town. Through his music, he explores the iconic cultural legacy of the region, with the likes of Busi Mhlongo, Princess Magogo, Mazisi Kunene – creatively through new music, combining African and classical elements. He is often seen talking with his audiences while … Continue reading Interview With Renowned Cellist, Composer And Musician Thokozani Ndumiso Mhlambi

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Reggae legend Alpha Blondy to headline the 27th Edition of Koroga Festival, Nairobi

You are in for a treat, a really big one that you won’t know what hit you. One of the world’s biggest reggae stars, Ivorian born Alpha Blondy will be headlining the 27th edition of Koroga Festival, on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at Two Rivers Mall Grounds, Nairobi. Since his first success in the 1980s with the pan-African hit “Opération Coup De Poing (Brigadier Sabari),” the Ivorian superstar born, Seydou … Continue reading Reggae legend Alpha Blondy to headline the 27th Edition of Koroga Festival, Nairobi

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Saxophonist ‘builds bridges’ between Africa and the West

Emmanuel N’Djoke Dibango, known as Manu Dibango, saxophonist and Franco-Cameroonian singer of world jazz, gestures to the crowds during his concert on June 29 last year at the Ivory Hotel Abidjan. Afp In a career spanning six decades, Afro-European star saxophonist Manu Dibango has played a fusion of everything from jazz, funk and traditional rhythms from his native Cameroon, creating music that he says “builds … Continue reading Saxophonist ‘builds bridges’ between Africa and the West

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MR EAZI’S TALENT INCUBATOR EMPAWA AFRICA LAUNCHES SECOND PHASE OF FUNDING AND MENTORING PROGRAM

Superstar Nigeria-born artist and music executive Mr Eazi is investing in the next generation of African talent through emPawa Africa, an incubator program for emerging artists. Following a successful launch earlier this year, emPawa Africa’s accelerator program reopens to entries on Friday, August 15. In this second phase of the program, 30 African artists will be selected to receive a non-repayable grant to fund their … Continue reading MR EAZI’S TALENT INCUBATOR EMPAWA AFRICA LAUNCHES SECOND PHASE OF FUNDING AND MENTORING PROGRAM