Zimbabwe: Zim Celebrates Youth Day With Music, Sport

Many youths yesterday engaged in activities countrywide to mark the Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day, a public holiday set aside to celebrate the contribution of young people to political and socio-economic development. February 21 was proclaimed a holiday in 2017 in recognition of the works of the late founding president Robert Mugabe. The commemorations […]

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Cameroon: Richard Amougou – Celebrating 20 Years in Music

The artist presented his new album entitled “Le Temps” in a press conference in Yaounde on February 18, 2020. The new album of Richard Amougou entitled “Le Temps” was presented to the public on February 18, 2020 during a press conference at Hotel Safyad in Yaounde. The album, number eight of its kind consists of […]

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Kenya: Teacher Uses Music to Help Terminally Ill Patients Cope

Every Thursday for the past one year now, Joseph Maina, a father of two, makes his way to the Nairobi Hospice, near Kenyatta National Hospital. He usually carries with him at least two musical instruments. This Thursday, he comes bearing an ukulele (it looks like a small guitar) and a harmonica, which he proceeds to […]

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Zimbabwe: Damascus Is New Prince of Afro-Pop

A fortnight ago the local showbiz industry woke up to new, colourful and well-choreographed visuals by award-winning Blaqs pinned on Nash TV YouTube Channel. The three-minute-long musical video titled Kwende, which by Friday had hit close to 10 000 views, features familiar faces in the industry and a cameo appearance from Enoch Chisale has got […]

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South Africa: ‘Shabalala Music Will Never Die’

Lawson Mabhena News and Politics Editor When Paul Simon introduced Ladysmith Black Mambazo during the Graceland Concert at Rufaro Stadium, Harare, in 1987, he explained that they were named after the mbazo, “a small axe, because of the power of their vocals”. Ladysmith was their home town in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. After being introduced […]

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South Africa: Political Songs | Ndodemnyama – Miriam Makeba

The night before being hanged, Vuyisile Mini’s booming voice sang the protest song he penned, defying the state and giving Mama Africa a jumping tune for a new generation. It was 5 November 1964, their last and devastatingly sad evening before leaving this world. Three combatants of the banned ANC’s military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe […]

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Malawi: Dancehall Artist Binge Envisions Malawi Okoma in New Song

Lilongwe β€” “A brighter Malawi, a Malawi where everyone is there for each other and where there are no ‘six inches’ around”; these are the dreams of dancehall artist Binge in his new song Malawi Okoma. After a 2008 debut album, Binge returns in 2020 with a new album project, a project which starts with […]

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Zimbabwe: Jazz Musician On Cancer Awareness Drive

Rising jazz musician Brian Nyahuma aka Mukorekore is using his celebrity status to raise awareness on cancer and other social issues. Nyahuma who plays with The African Pride Band said he is hosting a cancer awareness show on Valentine’s Day at Splendor Gardens in Waterfalls. The show comes 10 days after the country commemorated World […]

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Botswana: Yarona FM Announces Awards Nominees

Thato Mosinyi β€” Yarona FM announced nominees for this year’s Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs) slated for the University of Botswana Indoor Sports on April 25. Launching the awards themed Faboulus 20 at Cigar Lounge at Phakalane on February 6, the Urban-youth radio station revealed that this year’s edition is the sixth installment of the […]

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