Blog entries from: AfriPOP!

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August 18 2014

From AfriPOP! Mon Aug 18 2014, 15:13:22

When Mugo Muna returned from the United States, he came to Kenya wanting to do something significant in and for his country - trite as it may sound. With a keen eye for business and an apparent passion for handmade goods, he ventured first into the business of tailoring shirts. However, that endeavor did not quite reap the rewards he had anticipated. He admits that the workmanship fell short of [...]

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From AfriPOP! Mon Aug 18 2014, 14:45:28

Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba won an Emmy last night for her portrayal of "Crazy Eyes." Our favorite moment was when she took to thank her mom. "We're talking about a woman who survived polio, a woman who survived civil war and genocide and sacrificed so much to come to the United States for her children to have a chance. And, the idea that this moment is [...]

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From AfriPOP! Mon Aug 18 2014, 12:14:40

Ghana-born drummer and bandleader Paa Kow (pronounced Pah - Ko) has toured the world, sharing the stage with the likes of Hugh Masekela and Kojo Antwi. Now, he's ready for his debut with the album, Ask (out August 19). Known as "a fiend behind the drumkit" (Colorado Daily), Kow's debut infuses his traditional rhythms, time signatures, and the Fante language from Ghana with funk and jazz to create an Afro-Fusion [...]

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From AfriPOP! Mon Aug 18 2014, 11:04:27

As the winter frost thaws into morning dew and pruned plant life waits for the perfect moment to develop for those of us in the Southern Africa, Mathew Gold and Goodluck collaborate again to give us a song for the summer. Their first collaboration was the SAMA-nominated "Taking it Easy" where Mathew was credited as Mathew Moolman. "Last Summer," an electronic 'heart song' from his album The Rush, is their [...]

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From AfriPOP! Mon Aug 18 2014, 10:58:09

Ghanaian-British singer Moko is a talented synesthete from South East London. Her specific talent is being able to hear color or being able to see the color of sound. Her EP's are often named after certain colors and this may or may be as a result of her above listed talent. Her first extended play, Black, was released in 2013 and she's preparing to release a second called Gold in [...]

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August 8 2014

From AfriPOP! Fri Aug 8 2014, 16:16:24

After an extraordinary performance at the MTV MAMAs earlier this year and an interesting collaboration with Mi Casa, Ladysmith Black Mambazo makes yet another unexpected move. The acapella super group will be touring Inala - A Zulu Ballet. The choir, who are known for their expressive, lively choreography, will sync their movements with those of 11 classical and contemporary dancers which The Guardian describes as "a wide spectrum of twisting, [...]

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From AfriPOP! Fri Aug 8 2014, 16:04:45

The African Abroad is a column featuring the random musings of AfriPOP! editor Yolanda Sangweni. So we're in 2014--Everyone has Google. Everyone has a TV to watch the local (or international news). And yet, here we are, with the Ebola virus sending Americans into an apocalyptic frenzy because, according to "the Innanet," Africans, or anyone traveling from Africa, is bringing Ebola into the "first world." Just read Guardian Nigerian writer [...]

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August 5 2014

From AfriPOP! Tue Aug 5 2014, 11:27:19

Alternative soul artist Bongi Mvuyana just released the third single, Sweet Love, from her forthcoming album Dopamine. Sweet Love is a slight departure from her previous releases I Wonder and Gold. Bongi ups the tempo as soul meets maskandi, or rather, as soul makes a tribute to maskandi. Over the foot-stomping, hand-clapping maskandi - rock grooves composed and produced by 340 ml's Tiago Correia-Paulo, Bongi honors her own Sweet Love. [...]

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From AfriPOP! Tue Aug 5 2014, 10:45:14

Waje and Tiwa Savage star in a spectacularly comedic video for the song Onye off Waje's eponymous album Words Aren't Just Enough (W.A.J.E.). Reputedly, this is Tiwa Savage's first feature with another female singer and the result is an infectious but light-hearted song with a delightfully refreshing video. The video plays on the hazards of dating in Lagos. The two singers play a pair of women who are unwittingly dating [...]

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July 31 2014

From AfriPOP! Thu Jul 31 2014, 12:12:12

MNEK has released the video for his 90s R&B/house-inspired  single, "Wrote A Song About You," which is his first official release from his upcoming album on Virgin/EMI. The song premiered on Annie Mac's radio show on BBC 1 in mid-June and has already inspired several offshoots, most notably, the Kaytranada edition, the Clutch Remix, a deep and smooth Leo Kalyan rejig, another by Shift K3Y and more recently, a remix [...]

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