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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”.

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 »

RIP: India’s Manna Rey

Although the movies of India are becoming increasingly popular, its music is still very little known. So it’s sad to hear about the death of Manna Dey on October 24, 2013 before he could be recognised outside India. Mr. Dey’s playback singing caught the public’s attention with the duet with Suraiya “Jago Aaye Usha Ponchi… Read More »

Senegalese rappers report world news

Rap is a medium of its own in West Africa, one which many young people trust more than conventional media. AP recently filed this report from Senegalese rappers. DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The war in Syria isn’t the easiest topic to break down in a brief newscast. But that’s exactly what Senegalese rapper Makhtar “Xuman”… Read More »

RIP: Leon Botha aka Solarize

African DJ and artist Leon Botha has died in South Africa. Botha was better known as Solarize, for his work with Die Antwoord. He appeared in “Enter the Ninja” and acted as Die Antwoord’s warm-up DJ in concert. What was less known is that Both was a qualified artist with several shows behind him. Sadly,… Read More »

Manou Gallo to tour with Bernard Maseli

Ivory Coast sensation Manou Gallo will be on tour to celebrate the 10th year of Polish jazz vibraphone player Bernard Maseli throughout April 2011. Gallo, a highly-rated bassist and percussionist, released “Dida” and “Lowlin” on the IglooMondo label. More details are available  on the IglooMondo site. Click through for the Polish tour dates.

Malian Hip Hop prodigy for the 1st time in the US

Invited by various universities and students organisations committed to education and social change through Hip Hop, AMKOULLEL will be doing workshops, panels and performances with his multi-instrumentalist musician playing Ngoni and Talking Drums. He will also play in various NY and LA clubs… the buzz is growing fast!!

Die Antwoord to tour North America

Outrageous South African hip-hoppers Die Antwoord (The Answer) have announced the dates of their upcoming North American tour. Starting on October 12 2010 they will play at Vancouver, before touring the West Coast and then switching coasts until a last date in New Orleans on October 30. Expect mayhem and broken beats, no subtitles! The… Read More »