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Written by admin | 22 Aug 2013 11:29 PM | Comments: 0
Ethiopian Rock n Roll Comes to America

We love seeing people push boundaries and expand beyond the conventional.  So we're excited to witness the emergence of a new band from the land of 13 months of sunshine.  For y'all that don't know...that's Ethiopia.  The Jano Band is serving up its own take on rock n' roll fused

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Written by admin | 13 Nov 2012 11:29 PM | Comments: 0
Inside Uganda's Underground Movie Scene

Hillary Muheebwa, our Kampala-based editor, has been on the move, and just recently published a piece on Economist.com about how movies are being translated - East Africa style.  Forget the subtitles - instead, it's all about the VJs (or video jockeys) who are adding their own personal flair

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Written by admin | 10 Sep 2012 11:08 PM | Comments: 0
Exclusive Interview with Dereb the Ambassador

Dereb Desalegn, also known as Dereb the Ambassador, is Ethiopia's voice down under - in Australia to be exact.  With a voice that harkens back to Ethiopia's rich musical tradition, Dereb is carrying the torch for his musical forefathers and foremothers to lands near and far - truly earning

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Written by admin | 22 Aug 2012 10:58 PM | Comments: 0
Boddhi Satva's Mix: Ancestral Soul Intepretations

The Central African Republic-born DJ/Producer reworks a selection of songs, adding his distinct Ancestral Soul stamp, a sound with which he tributes the spiritual power of music, and has featured on labels like Osunlade’s Yoruba Records and Bob Sinclar’s Yellow Productions.

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Written by admin | 12 Aug 2012 11:49 PM | Comments: 0
South African House - Zakes Bantwini's

I recently had a conversation with someone who was looking to discover more about South African house music.  For the unintiated and die-hard fans, alike, you don't have to look much further than Zakes Bantwini and DJ Black Coffee, "Wasting My Time".  Not only is this pulsating track

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Written by admin | 12 Aug 2012 11:04 PM | Comments: 0
NEW Video by Native Sun - Lightness of Hope

Sometimes you listen to something and it just feels right.  Native Sun - the hip hop duo comprising Mohammed Yahya and vocalist Sarina Leah - released its "Lightness of Hope" track, which is a sublime melange of lyrics, vocals, musicality, and positivity.  This is the perfect summertime

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Written by admin | 01 Jun 2012 12:03 AM | Comments: 0
FREE Music Fridays - Oddisee is

We first discovered the multi-talented lyricist and producer Oddisee years ago when he released his Diamond in the Ruff project, represnting the DMV (Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia) to the fullest.  This Sudanese-American hip hop phenom has been pushing musical boundaries ever since,

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Written by admin | 24 May 2012 10:31 PM | Comments: 0
NEW Music - Indigenous Soundwaves by Native Sun

One of the most positive voices in hip hop – Mozambican-born Mohammed Yahya – has spent the last year and a half collaborating with the very talented Sarina Leah as part of an exciting project they call “Native Sun”. And we're happy to announce that after a lengthy

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Written by admin | 24 Apr 2012 09:55 PM | Comments: 0
Nneka in Her Own Words

Illume sessions is a mini-documentary series by illume creative studio that highlights artists and changemakers. This episode was born during Nneka's East African tour when she stopped by Kigali, Rwanda in February 2012. 

Illume Creative Studio is an afropolitan collective,

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Written by admin | 02 Apr 2012 12:41 PM | Comments: 0
Uganda's Geoffrey Oryema has La Lettre from the Heart

On this week's Kampala Taxi Sessions, we'd like to introduce you to the legendary Paris-based Geoffrey Oryema - a Ugandan singer who managed to escape Idi Amin’s regime in 1977 under the cover of darkness, only to emerge 20+ years later as an internationally recognized artist whose music

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Written by admin | 26 Feb 2012 01:21 AM | Comments: 0
Secrets Revealed - How to Make a Platinum Record

Have you ever wondered why some records top the charts and others never see the light of day? 

Well, you can stop your wondering – here’s an interview with hit maker Jerry Wonda as he expounds on the secret ingredients to a platinum recording.  (BUT REMEMBER: Just

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Written by admin | 30 Jan 2012 01:31 AM | Comments: 1
Filmmaker Jen Samuel pays homage to Mulatu Astatke

It was August 2003….the place was Columbia’s campus, sitting on the edge of the village of Harlem.  This was where I first met the curly haired, five-foot (something) Jen Samuel – whose big smile and even bigger heart (because she graciously endured my craziness over the

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Written by admin | 16 Jan 2012 11:52 PM | Comments: 0
Kampala Taxi Sessions: Soul Singer Takes Uganda High

Few new Soul singers have attracted both the hipsters and East African taxi passengers alike, save for this one.  Soulful singer Michael Kiwanuka has won the BBC Sound of 2012 list, which aims to showcase the best rising music stars for the year ahead.

According to the Telegraph, Kiwanuka

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Written by admin | 03 Jan 2012 05:17 PM | Comments: 0
Inside Africa: Sudanese Model Ger Duany on CNN

One of our favorite people, Ger Duany, has been on the grind...humanitarily speaking, that is!  After making his way out of war-torn South Sudan 18 years ago, he and award-winning director Wanuri Kahiu recently returned to the new independent nation where Ger re-connected with his mother for

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Written by admin | 03 Jan 2012 10:01 AM | Comments: 0
Youssou N'dour Runs for President

Hot off the presses, Youssou N'dour has announced that he will run for President of Senagal in the upcoming elections.  Stay tuned for

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Written by admin | 27 Dec 2011 04:10 PM | Comments: 0
RIP Cesaria Evora

On Dec. 17, 2011, we lost one of the world's greatest voices - Cesaria Evora passed away at the age of 70 in her native Cabo Verde due to respiratory failure and hypertension.


I remember meeting her in the late 1990s at the NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center). A friend of mine had a cousin

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Written by admin | 11 Dec 2011 11:04 PM | Comments: 0
Afro-Tuned: Ghana's Blitz the Ambassador Is Taking Over

Afro-Tuned - Features personalities from across the globe fusing African music + art + Pop-Culture

by Muhammida El Muhajir

At AddisTunes, we’ve been long-time fans of one of Ghana’s native sons – Blitz the Ambassador.  In between his jet-setting and sold-out shows, our

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Written by admin | 02 Oct 2011 10:26 PM | Comments: 0
NEW Music by Ghana's M.anifest - Immigrant Chronicles

Between interviewing artists, writing, coding this website, developing relationships with music labels, and staying current on everything related to African music….we often get asked when do we have time to sleep.  The answer is we don’t.  

But we are human…and we

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