RIP: Papa Wemba

Musician Papa Wemba has died on stage at the age of 66… par actutete Congolese star collapses and dies at African music festival After 40 years as one of Congo’s biggest stars, singer Papa Wemba died on stage at a music festival in Abidjan on April 24 2016. The 66 year-old star was giving one… Read More »

Majid Bekkas to tour Belgium and Netherlands

Gnawa star Majid Bekkas to play concerts in Northern Europe Pioneering Moroccan gnawa star Majid Bekkas will be bringing his jazz trio to northern Europe for a series of dates in March 2016.  Bekkas’ use of the word jazz is very personal, as the music owes at least as much to his North African heritage… Read More »

Actress Toulou Kiki joins Kel Assouf

Noted Touareg actress Toulou Kiki will appear on the upcoming album by Touareg band Kel Assouf. Kiki is known for her moving portrayal of a woman facing Islamic fighters in Abderrahmane Sissakoqui’s award-winning film “Timbuktu”, which was screened in Cannes and other major festivals. “Music is always the easiest way to pass a message without… Read More »

Sur-Choc announce festival in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast’s zouglou masters Sur-Choc have announced a festival to be held in the capital Abidjan, December 17-20, 2014. This is seen as the triumphant return of Sur-Choc, who now live and record in Paris.  The festival will be held in three locations in Abidjan Treichville: GBATANIKRO (nuit du Maracaña trophée N’DRI ROMARIC) PLACE ERNESTO… Read More »

Habib Koité concerts in November 2014

Mali’s Habib Koité is at the end of a European tour at the moment. If  you’re quick you can catch him and the band Bamado at the following dates: 26/11/2014 Fabrik – Hamburg DE 27/11/2014 Music Hall – Worpswede DE 28/11/2014 Club Franz K – Reutlingen DE 29/11/2014 Das Haus – Ludwigshafen DE 30/11/2014 Frankfurter… Read More »

Womex 2014 showcases the best of World Music

WOMEX salutes fado star Mariza The annual celebration of world music, Womex, is currently taking place in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. WOMEX is an international networking platform for the world music industry. This year’s five-day event – the 20th so far – comprises a bustling Trade Fair, Showcase Festival, Conference, and Film programme, as… Read More »

Sharjah World Music Festival kicks off

The first Sharjah World Music Festival kicks off on Wednesday, January 15, at the Al Qasba area of Sharja (UAE) in collaboration with Furat Qaddouri Music Center. Between the 15th and 18th of January, the Festival will feature award-winning musicians from several Arab and foreign countries, notably the Iraqi musician and composer Naseer Shamma who… Read More »

Mokoomba wins Newcomer Award at Songlines 2013

The Zimbabwean group Mokoomba has won the Newcomer Award at the influential Songlines Music Awards 2013 in London. The group has had two epic years in 2012 and 2013, touring consistently across Europe and Africa on the back of their second album, “Rising Tide”.

RIP: Tabu Ley Rochereau

Congo’s respected Tabu Ley Rochereau died in Brussels, Belgium on Saturday November 30. He had suffered a stroke in 2008, and his condition had deteriorated in recent days. Tabu Ley was one of a few performers that defined modern rumba, with hits such as “Adios Thethe” and “Mokolo nakokufa” (the day of my death). In… Read More »

South African rapper Khuli Chana shot by police

South African rapper Khuli Chana, winner of several Sama awards, was shot and injured by police in a case of mistaken identity on October 28, 2013. Chana’s car was mistaken for that of a criminal. It is not clear why the police opened fire on it rather than trying to stop the car. Chana was… Read More »