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Written by admin | 10 Sep 2012 11:59 PM | Comments: 0
The Ethio-Armenian Contribution to Ethiopian Music

From the times of Emperor Haile Selassie I and the Arba Lijoch (40 adopted Armenian orphans who comprised his imperial orchestra) to the legendary Ethio-jazz singer Alèmayèhu Eshèté, Armenians have long been intertwined with the musical and cultural history of

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Written by admin | 10 Sep 2012 11:23 PM | Comments: 0
NEW MUSIC by Jungle by Night

Some guys from Amsterdam have been seriously jonesing for Ethiopian grooves - so much so that they decided to record some tracks themselves.  Jungle by Night is an exciting new group inspired by Ethiopia's musical luminaries such as Girma Beyene, Moges Habte, Mulatu Astatke, et. al. 

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Written by admin | 13 Aug 2012 12:03 AM | Comments: 0
NEW RELEASE: Dumi Right is Connecting the Dots

Dumi RIGHT was introduced to audiences in the early 90's as a member of Zimbabwe Legit -- the pioneering crew widely regarded as the first African hip hop group to gain international recognition. He has a solid discography of album releases including the acclaimed Zimbabwe Legit - House of

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Written by admin | 02 Apr 2012 03:43 PM | Comments: 0
NEW: Awesome Tapes from Africa releases Ghana's Bola on iTunes / Amazon

Bola is a singer and instrumentalist from Bolgatanga, Ghana who has been putting out tape after tape of ridiculously energetic and thoughtful songs for the last few years. Brian Shimkowitz, founder and curator of Awesome Tapes from Africa, explained that he almost died when he heard this Volume

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Written by admin | 24 Mar 2012 10:54 PM | Comments: 0
Award-Winning African Films Now Available

Movie lovers in the U.S. and Canada can now view top award-winning African films online via the African Film Library (AFL) at www.africanfilmlibrary.com. M-Net, the South African-based corporate broadcaster, producer and distributor has launched this unprecedented collection as a way to help

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Written by admin | 11 Mar 2012 03:42 AM | Comments: 0
NEW Music by Native Sun

Here's a new duo - Native Sun - that is contributing to the wealth of positive hip-hop representing Mama Africa.  Native Sun is a London based duo consisting of bilingual rapper Mohammed Yahya, born in Mozambique, South East Africa and singer-song writer Sarina Leah.  Check out their

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Written by admin | 11 Mar 2012 03:27 AM | Comments: 0
NEW Music by the Fokn Bois

O.k., I have tremendous respect for the artistic creativity of Wanlov and M3nsa - two Ghanaian hip-life artists who are probably ahead of their time.  These days, they have combined forces to create this Fokn Bois project.  If you're a mid-90's hip hop fan...this might conjure up

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Written by admin | 26 Feb 2012 12:52 AM | Comments: 0
Tribute to the life of Christopher Kato - a ballroom wizard

At 87 years, he could still twist his body on the dance floor with the excitement of a rebellious teenager. His love for the Latin-style ballroom dances and his sleek performance endeared him to the millions of people who’ve seen performances over the years.

Christopher Kato started

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Written by admin | 30 Jan 2012 01:58 AM | Comments: 0
Baaba Maal and Joel Sebungo Take Center Stage

In an historic moment, Joel Sebunjo shared the stage with renowned Senegalese artist Baaba Maal in Kampala on Friday, 27 January at the Serena Hotel. Baaba, also known as “Nightingale” because of his clear high-pitched voice has received worldwide acclaim for his acoustic guitar and

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Written by admin | 12 Dec 2011 12:39 AM | Comments: 0
Liya Kebede Directs NEW Video - Bole Bole

Supermodel Liya Kebede launched her directorial debut with a new music video, "Bole Bole".  You be the

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Written by admin | 11 Dec 2011 09:48 PM | Comments: 0
NEW Single by South Africa's Zaki Ibrahim

Three years after her last solo studio outing, Zaki Ibrahim’s return is a matter of absolute necessity. Something in the Water matches the occasion – coupled with Zaki’s signature mystique its  kalimba (thumb piano) and percussion pulsates with an urgency to summon the

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Written by admin | 04 Dec 2011 01:12 AM | Comments: 0
Angella Katatumba and Keko Sing

You know we like keeping you up to date with everything going on the ground…  This week, Angella Katatumba, a Ugandan songstress known for her involvement in humanitarian works, and hip hop artist Keko join forces in “Lets go Green” to tackle one of the most debated about

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Written by admin | 13 Nov 2011 01:11 AM | Comments: 0
Time to Dance - It's Harvest Time

The Jie Karamoja, found in North Eastern Uganda, are people still in touch with their culture. One of the traditional festivities is the edonga achemchem, a dance that precedes any harvest season. And now its harvest season in Karamoja.

As the sun disappears behind the plains, they converge at

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Written by admin | 02 Nov 2011 10:44 PM | Comments: 0
Uganda's Nince Henry Has His Moment in the Sun

When a song is a hit, the artist enjoys the moment, leaving the people who crafted it in the cold. One person though, is enjoying his moment as a songwriter, and to prove more, he has joined in with the singing. Henry Ssekyanzi aka Nince Henry came into the limelight in Kampala last year after he

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Written by admin | 25 Oct 2011 11:08 PM | Comments: 0
Kampala Taxi Sessions: Life Is a Weighing Scale

“This life is a weighing scale, and God has given his measurement. If you don’t like me, at least listen to the message. “

“Minzaani” is the latest opus from Moses Ssali aka Bebe Cool, one of Uganda’s most prolific artists who first hit the music scene in 1997

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Written by admin | 17 Oct 2011 12:12 AM | Comments: 0
What do you know about Kadongo K'aamu?

Kadongo K'aamu music can loosely be translated as “a one-man band” style of music—playing a guitar and being the singer at the same time.  It was popular from the 60s up through recent times—that is, until pop music took over.  The songs were usually about

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Written by admin | 05 Oct 2011 11:14 PM | Comments: 0
Joburg's Bongeziwe Mabandla Delivers Fire in New Release

This just in from our people at AfriPop!

Just debuted on MTV Base Africa's 'Spanking New', check out Johannesburg's Bongeziwe Mabandla new release “Phupa Lam”, which features award-winning rapper Zulu Boy. This track leads Mabendla's soon to be released debut full-length album,

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Written by admin | 02 Oct 2011 09:48 PM | Comments: 0

Rafik Jamal Wasswa, better known to his fans as Jamal, started singing in the early 2000s at Karaoke pubs. But it was in 2010 that he finally burst out as an artist - and a real one at that. Since then, he has only churned out hit single after single.

Jamal on AddisTunes

So what’s all the excitement

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