Blog entries from: AfriPOP!

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October 31 2014

From AfriPOP! Fri Oct 31 2014, 05:33:36

When normal people hang out, it's usually a handful of friends getting together. When AKA does it, 700 unique internet users show up. Yesterday, the South African rapper held a Google Hangout session at the Sony Music Headquarters in South Africa. With two albums under his belt, several awards on his mantle and a vision to collaborate with other African artists and win over the continent at large, AKA strives [...]

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October 29 2014

From AfriPOP! Wed Oct 29 2014, 22:12:23

Check and Balance is Burna Boy's newest single. For his first solo effort in months, he is reunited with producer Spellz, who produced his last hit, Don Gorgon and like Don Gorgon and Won Da Mon before it, Check and Balance isn't from his acclaimed album L.I.F.E. Perhaps a new album is on the horizon. The up-tempo track is reminiscent of the dancehall sound of his hits Run My Race [...]

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From AfriPOP! Wed Oct 29 2014, 10:59:21

Back like you never heard before, the drama soul queen Temi Dollface part raps and part sings on this Just Like That (Story) - the first single off her forth-coming EP. Listen to and download the track below she composed, arranged and and co-produced with producer Jo Pee.

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From AfriPOP! Wed Oct 29 2014, 10:48:23

South African football player Senzo Meyiwa is dead and no amount of blame will bring him back. In deaths unrelated to violent crime, Olympic silver medalist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi also died in an accident, and the boxer Phindile Mwelase died last week from match-related injuries, which sent her into a coma. In the aftermath of what must surely be one of the most devastating and tragic weekends to have hit the [...]

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From AfriPOP! Wed Oct 29 2014, 10:37:35

A few weeks ago Ghafla Kenya 'leaked' the official video for Sauti Sol's "Sura Yako." "Sura Yako" means your face in Swahili and the feel-good track with some hints of chakacha is the fourth release from the band's upcoming album Live and Die Africa. Needless to say, I was had and the real video, which you can watch below, was only released some time later. The good-humored video was directed [...]

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October 25 2014

From AfriPOP! Sat Oct 25 2014, 03:53:59

Quite like a dark crimson rose Seinabo Sey's timbre and music are solemn, almost heavy, and yet they are equally enchanting and moving. Besides her earlier releases like Younger and Hard Time, she recently recorded a mellower and more sombre interpretation of Clean Bandit's 90s-inspired electro hit Rather Be featuring Jess Glynne. Her current release, Pistols at Dawn, is the third from her EP For Madeleine and it is just as piercing and poignant. The official [...]

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October 24 2014

From AfriPOP! Fri Oct 24 2014, 07:58:31

I Of Africa - the brainchild of New York-based model Aina Fadina - has returned for a second season. The web-series features interviews with "Africans and friends of Africa, performing progressive work around the world, be it in art, fashion, music or business". Fadina, as the creator and host of the series, explains that through it she intends to celebrate "individuals who are inspired by the African continent". Older episodes [...]

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From AfriPOP! Fri Oct 24 2014, 07:17:17

After uploading this tantalizing teaser about a week ago, menswear brand that marries "Neapolitan tailoring & African aesthetics" Ikiré Jones has released a short film called Ritual Union to show off their boisterous fall/winter collection Of Saints and Savages. Ritual Union stars Ikiré Jones designer Walé Oyéjidé, who also wrote the story for the short. He enlisted a few of his friends to feature in the film donning the garments [...]

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From AfriPOP! Fri Oct 24 2014, 06:20:45 Following his moving collaboration with Zakes Bantwini not too long ago and adding to the long list of projects he appears on this month, Ziyon has released the video for his single OIAM (One in A Million). The video was directed by Justin Campos. The song came out in the winter of 2014 and it is the first single off his solo effort Audio Alchemy. Quite obviously (or maybe [...]

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October 17 2014

From AfriPOP! Fri Oct 17 2014, 11:06:14

Stocktown Films has developed a five-part documentary series that aims to provide us with more intimate portrayals of creatives from African cities and the art scenes they inhabit. The Afripedia series might be considered to be the film version of an encyclopedia of urban art. The filmmakers wanted to create an information resource - a visual one - "for viewers who are eager to discover the cultural scene across the metropolises in [...]

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