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Written by admin | 13 Nov 2012 11:55 PM | Comments: 0
Bongo Flava in Your Ear

In the late 1980s, a new version of music used by the youth to express hope, problems, emotion and expectations of society emerged in Tanzania. This new genre of music, called Bongo Flava, was a fusion of different melodies and sounds influenced by R&B, American Hip Hop and African rhythms

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Written by admin | 09 Oct 2012 09:14 PM | Comments: 0
She got Ken-Soul - an Interview with Liz Ogumbo

What do you get when you combine a silky voice, a killer sense of fashion, a bunch of soul and a dash of humor?  The answer: multi-talented Liz Ogumbo.  Hailing from Kenya, Liz has been making moves for a while now.  But we wanted you all to get to know this Diva a bit more

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Written by admin | 10 Sep 2012 09:29 PM | Comments: 0
Who is Burntface?

Burntface - the group, the movement, the man.  However you understand the Ethio-inspired hip hop powerhouse, there's no denying that the eponymous lyricist - also known as the Profit - is a creative forced to reckoned with.  And if the past is any indication of the future, look out

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Written by admin | 13 Aug 2012 12:12 AM | Comments: 0
Ugandan Street Kids in The Economist

AddisTunes and our Kampala-based editor Hillary Muheebwa have been spending the last year or so trying to give a voice to Uganda's voiceless - the street kids.  Here's one of our stories featured on Economist.com.

Kladogo in The Economist

IT’S the start of the second term of school.  Boys and girls in

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Written by admin | 08 Jul 2012 12:26 AM | Comments: 0
This Week's Gem: African Brothers International

As we began dusting off the vinyl collection, we've decided to start sharing some with the rest of the world.  Here's one of our favorites by African Brothers International.  I picked this one up in Accra after haggling over bunch of records that some guys had buried in the back of

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Written by admin | 04 Jun 2012 10:49 PM | Comments: 0
In Uganda, Mathias Walukaga is fed up

It’s 85 degrees in the shade.  Men and women are crowding into the mutatus (taxis), and a voice of consciousness is emanating from the speakers. Mathias Walukaga is a man who courts controversy—with lyrics that once landed him in jail.  In an era where hip hop has inspired a

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Written by admin | 28 Apr 2012 11:31 PM | Comments: 0
Kampala Taxi Sessions - Judith Babirye's

One of the near universals things in life is love for mothers.  As another addition to the litany of songs recorded to honor these special women is Judith Babirye’s “Maama” – which is hit in the mutuatus (taxis) these days.

 Not only is Uganda’s Babirye

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Written by admin | 24 Apr 2012 10:38 PM | Comments: 0
Discover Real Hip Hop at Trinity International Hip Hop Festival

A couple of weeks ago I had the good fortune of attending the 7th Annual Trinity International Hip Hop Festival at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. If you are not familiar with this grand event then you have been missing out on some of the best emceeing in one arena the world has to offer, as

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Written by admin | 02 Apr 2012 03:25 PM | Comments: 0
This Week's Gem: Mulatu Astatke's

At AddisTunes, we love digging for rare musical gems in the form of old records.  This week, we’re featuring an oldie from the father of Ethio Jazz, Mulat Astatke.  This track, “Shagu” can be found on at least two different releases that I’m aware of:

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Written by admin | 11 Mar 2012 02:13 AM | Comments: 0
Uganda's Invisible Children - Stop Kony 2012

The organization Invisible Children has been in the news lately - wining both praise and criticism for its video bringing awareness to the atrocities of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda and Eastern Congo.  If you haven't seen the 30-minute video, you definitely should.  The story

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Written by admin | 17 Jan 2012 12:32 AM | Comments: 1
Brown Condor: What you never knew about Ethiopian food

When I first met my now-wife, and we had dinner in Addis Abeba, she shoved a big glob of food in my mouth.  Initially, I thought this was rather forward – until I noticed the entire restaurant filled with people selflessly sharing food with one another.  These gestures are known

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Written by admin | 02 Dec 2011 12:22 AM | Comments: 0
Living a Life That Matters: A Conversation with Sol Guy

Growing up in Canada, who would have known that Sol Guy’s early love affair with music would culminate into a lifelong marriage?  As a devoted hip hop head and skateboarder, music was instrumental in helping Sol realize that he’s a citizen of the world…and that it’s

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Written by admin | 06 Nov 2011 11:44 PM | Comments: 0
DEBUT EP from the Soul of Sudan - Alsarah and the Nubatones

Introducing the world to great music is what we live for…and today is one of the days that we dream of...real music by real musicians!!!

O.k, so what do you get when you put together an Armenian Oud player, an Egyptian percussionist, an avant-performance artiste (yes, with the

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