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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South Africa: The Lottery and the Missing Minstrel Museum

Six years ago the Lottery gave R13 million for a museum which still does not exist Nearly six years after the Lottery gave R13 million to establish a “Carnival Heritage Museum” intended to celebrate the colourful history of Cape Town’s minstrels, the museum still does not exist. The annual minstrel parade through the streets of […]

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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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Nigeria: Burna Boy Loses Best International Act At 2020 Brit Awards

Grammy-nominated musician, Burna Boy, lost out on the much-coveted Best International Act at the 40th edition of the BRIT awards 2020 to American rapper, Tyler The Creator. This may be hard on him after just losing another major international award. The singer, last month, was beaten to the award for Best World Music by Angelique […]

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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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Ghana: Our Ancestors Did Not Leave Us Defenceless Against the Likes of Galamseyers!

Anyone who has a true understanding of Akan society (I am of necessity limiting the scope of this discussion to what I know about, first-hand, but that does not mean that its meaning cannot be extrapolated to relevant aspects of the practices of other societies) will be baffled by the way our people have allowed […]

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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: 14th Annual Saftas’ Nominees Announced in Style At the Mall of Africa

The month of love hit a high note today, with the official announcement of the 2020 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) nominees proudly brought to you by Brand South Africa. Hosted under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) the awards seek to honour and celebrate South Africa’s local film […]

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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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