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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 11:55 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 | 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 | 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 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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