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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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From AfriPOP! Wed Apr 16 2014, 01:47:42

Dutch group Cut_ has done a minimalist and more sombre English rendition of Stromae's Papaoutai. Stromae himself posted their remake on his Facebook page with a smiley face and that we interpret as a thumbs-up. Cut_ are a live-electro or electro-live duo based in Amsterdam whose songs are "inspired by the moment". The music nerds combine live performance (with much visual elements) and electro sounds. Sebastiaan Dutilh is the producer [...]

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April 15 2014

From AfriPOP! Tue Apr 15 2014, 02:05:22

I once got into a conversation with Culoe De Song who has one of the most philosophical minds I've ever had the pleasure of getting into. We touched on everything from Cape Town hipsters to religion and culture. When it came to the topic of his latest album Exodus, the South African house music stalwart at 23 was resolute about its objective of mainstream domination. Exodus, it turns out, is [...]

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From AfriPOP! Tue Apr 15 2014, 00:54:04

The music video to South African electronic producer Haezer's Minted is one of the most spectacular visual stories I've seen. Directed by the "Ombudsman of Minorities", Wim Steytler, the video shows two superheroes, a witch doctor and his supposed colleague, protecting a group of émigrés from a vicious xenophobic attack. The concept was born of a photo story by Steytler of Johannesburg's glum inner city. Hidden beneath the beauty of [...]

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