Nothing gets our musical hearts going like the sounds of celebration for the African Woman!
Crazy full with talent, A-List producer Reinhard Tega works with powerful vocalist Funbi, famous for his hit single Hallelujah – in this dedication to the confident, strong, talented, funny, beautiful and all round amazing African woman; ‘Arewa‘.
Arewa is not only lyrically qualified to get you in a good mood, the sonic dance feel to the single gives it a melodious ring that only reminds us why we love Reinhard.
It’s been a while in the making but hip-hop/rap legend from Nigeria; Jesse Jagz finally releases a 10 tracked album to the relieve of fans who and what can only be termed as a celebration from fans of a long time hardcore lyricist.
Featuring well-known acts like Victoria Kimani,Cynthia Morgan, Styl-Plus andBurna Boy while giving the spotlight to less-known acts like Hot Ice on Dirty, Odysseus is a project that not only gives the audience a taste of Jagz depth with lyrics but also an insight into his creative spirit and his love for featuring sounds that have stood the test of time in fusion with his.
For the first time since inception, the ‘One Africa Music Festival‘ will be hosted in London. This year; old and new lovers of Afrobeats, Afro Dance, High life, Bongo Flava and other genres of the African sound can look forward to performances from amazing acts across the continent including; one of Africa’s legendary Rappers; M.I Abaga, Ghana’s fiercest; Efya, Kenyan’s hottest talent; Victoria Kimani, and the man of the moment in Southern Africa;Cassper Nyovest. Other acts include Tiwa Savage, Awilo Logomba, Falz, Tekno, Alikiba, Olamide Phyno, Davido Eugy and the dymanic duo; PSquare.
Classic Man; Jidenna and Ghana’s hottest MC Sarkodie are to headline the concert.
Shot in Israel during the first leg of their #AIMWolrdTour, Tanzanian foremost duo and real life love birds; Navy Kenzo share the video for ‘Morning‘ a single off their debut album ‘AIM’ (Above Inna Minute). The Visuals are meant to give all single people out there relationship FOMO.
Silvastone’s sound is one that mixes traditional African sounds with Uk street vibez and in anticipation to the release of his ‘Extended EP; LEVELS, we thought; no better time to get all up in his business than now. He has been steady releasing single tracks off the EP to get everyone nicely warmed up for the full work.
Radio producer and Journalist Titilope Adesanya had a brief back and forth with the incredible multi-skilled and talented artist.
The first annual South Africa Meets Africa (SMA) concert will be taking place on Saturday 24th October 2015 at the Expo Centre, Nasrec in Johannesburg. The concert will be in honour of Nigeria’s independence day and will emphasis the importance of celebrating African unity. Proudly sponsored by South African-African promoters the VAS Company (TVC) South Africa and Mcomm Solutions and Services Limited Nigeria, the event promises to be a colossal continental turn up!
The jam-packed line-up will feature major stars such as Wizkid, AKA, Anatii, Davido, K.O, Flavour, Burna Boy, Dama Do Bling, YemiAlade and Bucie, this is undoubtedly the biggest event of the year and it will be hosted by Metro FM’s Tbo Touch and Beat FM’s Olisa Odibua.
The CEO of the VAS Company, Chidi Okeke stated “the South Africa Meets Africa concert is all about unity and what better way to unite its people than through music”, this is very true and we hope to see you all there.
The 12th annual Afrovibes festival will be taking place from the 7-17th of October 2015 in Amsterdam. The festival showcases some of the greatest talents in the various arts forms from South Africa all the way to the Netherlands and everywhere in between. Every year, the festival highlights a selection of young, urban talented individual’s work in the fields of fashion, music, dance, theatre and design. This year’s theme is Moving in time, emphasising on connecting the past, presence and the future. Festival Artistic director, Sibongeleni James Ngcobo has stated that he “created a programme of works that reflect this contemporary urban Africa that is moving in time”.
Representing Africa, rapper Zuluboy will be collaborating with Black Moses Ngwenya and Joep Pelt, showcasing a preview of their collaborative album which is an interesting and unique fusion of traditional Mbaqanga music, Hip-hop, Kwaito and Afrosoul.
There will also be a showcase of the film, Finding Fela. Directed by Alex Gibney, the film takes an in depth look into the life of the Afrobeats inventor, Fela Kuti who died 17 years ago. The film travels through the journey of his life as one of Africa’s greatest musicians and political activists. After the viewing of this masterpiece, there will be an exclusive performance by Ongerept with Kern Kappen and Zuluboy.
Check out the trailer for Finding Fela below!
Another proudly African artist who will performing at the festival, is the talented Afrikaans rapper, Hemelbesen, who is known for merging Hip-hop, poetry and skillful rhyming.
To find out more about the Afrovibes Festival, head over to the website and check out the trailer below!
Today marks the beginning of the 13th annual London African Music Festival. The even that runs for ten days will be happening in various locations all over London which basically means that London will be abuzz with some of the best African sounds and sights. This will be a star studded event that will have people breaking it down to some Afrobeats and Jazz sounds.
To get you in the mood for this awesome event, we have compiled the Ultimate London African Music Festival playlist, featuring some of the big names that will be performing at the festival.
1. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Giant of Africa
Son of the legendary Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti has not only continued his father’s legacy but he has started building his own legacy. Seun will be performing with his usual band, the legendary Egypt 80 who have been in the industry for many years.
2. London Afrobeat Collective – Prime Minister
Dubbed the ‘politicised party machine’, the LAC is a band that channels the spirit of afrobeat into all their performances thus making it pretty impossible to not dance. The band recently released the album titled Food Chain earlier this year and they have continued to display the reason why they are known as the UK’s most exciting bands.
3. Aar Maanta – Go’doomey
Somali-British singer and songwriter Aar Maanta released this single in 2014, yet it still gets the crowds excited today. Aar is known for infusing various genres to create what has been labelled as Afro-hop, a musical pioneer in his own right, Aar continues to break barriers with his interesting fusion of sounds.
4. Suzanna Lubrano – Paixão
Multi-award winning, Cape Verdian born singer, Suzanna Lubrano released the single Paixao earlier this year from the album titled Vitoria. The single has a very sultry and easy going feel to it, a fusion of R&B and island influenced sounds.
5. Ebo Taylor – Heaven
Legendary Ghanian highlife musician, guitarist, composer and bandleader Ebo Taylor has been in the music industry for over 50 years, yet he is still able to conduct a killer performance that is guaranteed to drive the crowds crazy. Heaven which was originally released in 1977 remains a musical piece of heaven even in the 21st century, proving that good music never dies.
The festival promises to be an electrifying event, an experience that cannot be missed and we hope to see you there!
This year marks the 13th year of the annual London African Music Festival, it will run for ten days and will be happening at seven different locations all over London. The show which is produced by Joyful Noise founder, Biyi Adepegba, aims to showcase the awesome, electrifying and innovative sounds that originate from various countries all over Africa. Having been around for thirteen years, the festival is known for bringing together some of the world’s greatest fresh talents as well as some musical legends in a wondrous celebration of African music and tradition.
This year will be no different as there will multiple artists performing all over London throughout the ten days. Some of the incredible artists who will be performing at the festival include Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria), the legendary Ebo Taylor (Ghana), Aar Maanta (Somalia) and the London Afrobeat Collective (UK/Nigeria).
The festival promises to be a jam packed event, celebrating what has Joyful Noise refers to as “the essential music from a vibrant continent”.
To find out more about the festival, head over to the Joyful Noise website.
The organizers of the annual Blankets and Wine have announced the creation of a brand new festival that will celebrate all aspects of African music, food, art and fashion. The first Africa Nouveau Festival will be held in Nairobi from the 5th-6th of September and is an awesome way to bring in the new spring season. Showcasing some of the latest trends in fashion and what the organizers refer to as ‘culinary art’, an experimental combination of food and art, as well as performances by some of Africa’s hottest artists.
To get you into the spirit of spring festivals a la Africa Nouveau, we have complied a list of some of the amazing artists who will be preforming at what promises to be one of the biggest festivals in Africa.
A South African band led by the prince of township tech, Spoek Mathambo. The 5 man band transcends several genres, creating of fusion that includes dubstep, punk and electro music with traditional Maskandi and Shangaan music. Their debut album Free Love was released in March.
2. Just A Band
A Kenyan band that has been active on the music scene since 2003. Not only do they have a pretty quirky name but they also have a quirky sound. A delightful collaboration of various genres including jazz, house and funk, the band is not afraid to explore various musical journeys to establish a unique sound.
3. Red Acapella
Red Acapella is a Kenyan male trio that has been active since 201. The male trio specializes in acapella and afro-soul, they have a slightly mature sound that draws from various musical influences.
4. Yellow Light Machine
YLM is a band made up of 9 music loves who have come together with the aim of creating awesome music. The band pride themselves in creating music that is a combination of afro-soul, reggae, blues and funk. A unique combination that makes for amazing music.
5. Jojo Abot
Ghanaian singer and songwriter, Jojo Abot’s first EP Fyfya Woto has a mixture of jazz, afrobeat, house, reggae and neo-soul music. She draws inspiration from various influences such as ideas of freedom, slavery, family, love and tradition and has listed Thandiswa Mazwai, Lucky Dube and Seeed as her musical influences.