Blog entries from: AfriPOP!

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April 23 2014

From AfriPOP! Wed Apr 23 2014, 16:10:35

Seventeen thousand and counting - the Back To The City Festival is set to grow its numbers all for the love of hip-hop. The festival is a true celebration of hip-hop, hailing every aspect of the global culture with a steady South African fingerprint. Gathered under Johannesburg's M1 highway in the city's Newtown district will be graffiti artists, fashion designers, dance crews, BMXers and even entrepreneurs who will participate in [...]

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From AfriPOP! Wed Apr 23 2014, 14:23:57

As part of her wonderful musical journey, the soulful and plain-spoken Simphiwe Dana shares a new song with us, Nzima, off her forthcoming album. The track is produced by Oskido and the video has already been shot and will hopefully be out soon. Listen below.

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From AfriPOP! Wed Apr 23 2014, 14:03:15

There seems to be a lot of cross-pollination in the South African music scene lately. Many of these mixes have led to widely successfully singles, with Spin My World Around (by Dj Kent and The Arrows) and Pluto (Remember You) - by DJ Clock and Beatenberg - being prominent examples. However, Motswako artist Khuli Chana and the beloved Parlotones had a less popular collaboration late last year. More recently, Naima [...]

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April 22 2014

From AfriPOP! Tue Apr 22 2014, 15:18:15

After a hiatus, Nigerian rapper-singer Mo'Cheddah has re-emerged with a silky, sultry new single called "Destinambari," and new look to match. Featured on the song is rap star Phyno and the video is directed by none other than Clarence Peters. In a statement addressing her break from the industry, Mo--real name Modupe Oreoluwa--said, "My break was deliberate. I had done so much. I was in school as well and shortly [...]

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From AfriPOP! Tue Apr 22 2014, 15:05:19

Sounds like: the French arm of the Soulquarians. The lowdown: BkLeR (pronounced bekler) was born in Libreville, Gabon. He now lives in Paris and will soon be delivering Rap Music 80s, an album which will mix the sensibilities of 80s rap music with contemporary rap. The verdict: His music is often philosophical and emotive - a characteristic that is also evident on his tumblr page and Twitter. A regular feature [...]

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April 17 2014

From AfriPOP! Thu Apr 17 2014, 15:35:12

Demonstrating a benevolence that is not often seen or appreciated in the seemingly competitive world of novel-writing, the winner of the first Etisalat Prize for Literature, NoViolet Bulawayo, has gifted her colleague, and runner-up, Yewande Omotoso, the £10,000 fellowship that was part of her reward. Bulawayo won the Etisalat prize for her book We Need New Names and with it she won a four-month residency at the University of East [...]

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April 16 2014

From AfriPOP! Wed Apr 16 2014, 18:00:18

The biggest and brightest contemporary artists from across the African continent and beyond were nominated in 15 different categories including Best Male, Best Female, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year.  Broadening the scope of the MAMA awards franchise, achievement in non-music fields was recognised in "Personality of the Year", and "Transform Today by Absolut", an award designed to recognize and support young, emerging and original African creative [...]

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From AfriPOP! Wed Apr 16 2014, 03:36:15

Lagos Lullabye is Siji's first single off his album Homegrown. I just got word from him that the video is out. In his own words: I'd always loved Scorsese's Taxi Driver particularly the scene in which the protagonist, Travis Bickle drives his cab around the mean and seedy streets of New York city's Times Square. Taking a cue from this timeless classic, I sought to take in and showcase the [...]

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From AfriPOP! Wed Apr 16 2014, 01:58:44

"If French Montana could flow in Pidgin" he would be Stanley Enow. After smashing the charts with Hein Père, the Cameroonian rapper returns with Toumbou Boss (Deluxe). In the video it is spelt Toumbou Boss but the Youtube title is TumbuBoss (Deluxe). Anyhow, both Toumbou Boss Deluxe and Hein Père were directed by Shamak Allharamaji and by the looks of it, people love the song and its video in equal [...]

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