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Friday, January 31st, 2014

Weekend Music Break 67

We kick off this weekend’s music break with an artist who has been away from the scene for a while: Cape Verdean rapper Vieira Nkosi. This week he uploaded a short freestyle video (in Dutch) entitled “I Am Legend”. Vieira was forced to take it slow due to an illness, but judging by this video,

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Weekend Music Break 66

10 new music videos from Tanzania, Senegal, South Africa, Cameroon, Mali, Congo, and Ghana. But first, Nigeria. Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 have a new record coming out next month. Here’s a first single, with help from...

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Weekend Music Break 65

There’s plenty to choose from what musicians have been releasing during the holidays. So here’s a first selection of ten new videos that we’ve found in our inbox. First up, a new release from Akwaaba: Joey le...

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Songs for Mandela: Weekend Music Break 64

This post combines Steffan’s wonderful playlist of South African tunes of and for Nelson Mandela and the international playlist we published when we first heard news of the great man’s death. When we sent around the AIAC...

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 63

We kick off our weekly installment of new music videos with OttawaParis-based Mélissa Laveaux riding the crunchy electronics with flair on her new offering, ‘Triggers’, in a video directed by Terence Nance — remember also this other...

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Weekend Music Break 62

10 new music videos from Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Kenya, Mali, Burundi (via Belgium), South Africa and Nigeria (via the US and the UK) to get your weekend started. But first up, from Senegal, Daara J Family have a...

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 61

Your weekly collection of new tunes and videos -- this week from Zambia, Ghana, Jamaica, Mali, South Africa and the Netherlands, but first: Congo. This year's Salaam Kivu International Film Festival (SKIFF), which took place in Goma...

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 60

Wherever the sun is in the sky, it’s the right time for new music. Here’s this week’s collection. French producer Débruit’s entrancing beats act as a surprisingly strong compliment to Sudanese singer Alsarah’s mesmerizing vocals. Gorgeous otherworldly...

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Weekend Music Break 59

Oddisee (real name: Amir Mohamed El Khalifa; he has a Sudanese dad) is on tour in Europe this month, so go check him out if you’re anywhere close. Details and dates here. He also has a new...

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 58

Your weekly dose of 10 new music videos. First up, from Kenya, Muthoni The Drummer Queen’s ode to Nairobi: M.anifest, “Ghana man since 19 kojo-hoho”: Indocile is a hip-hop crew from Liège, Belgium: South of Belgium, representing...

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 57

It’s the weekend, so let’s dig into the internet’s digital crates for some new music. In a video that strings together GIF-like movements and intriguing textural contrasts over innovative beats, UK rapper/producer Mickey Lightfoot makes his compelling...

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Weekend Music Break: The Brother Moves On

I followed The Brother Moves On around South Africa once. True story, I even wrote about it here. I’ve seen them many more times after that, and each time was a trip. On their recent trip to...

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 56

Three South African videos to start with. Cape Town rapper Youngsta moves between the city’s neigbourhoods of Wynberg and the CBD: …while fellow Cape artist HemelBesem went for a stroll in Utrecht, Netherlands earlier this year. EJ...

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Weekend Music Break 55

When Tendai Maraire broke down his Chimurenga Renaissance mixtape for us last year, he said about “It’s Time For You To Go”, a song inspired by a family visit to Zimbabwe (“driving down the street bumping Biggie’s...

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 54

Flex Boogie, featured on this song by producer/radio deejay The Prince, is a Pretoria-based hip-hop artist who was part of the pioneering hip-hop group Ba4za at one point. He has undergone numerous changes since then – from...

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 53

If you don’t know now you know. Weekend soon come. We got music from South Africa, Togo, Ghana, Senegal, Zambia, Kenya, Ireland and Belgium in this week’s music break. So let’s get started: South African house producer...

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Weekend Music Break 52

Further left field than the “Million Miles” video for Tunde Adebimpe and his TV On The Radio band you won’t get them this week, but Myspace won’t let me embed it. Damn. No worries, here are ten...

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 51

It’s Afropunk Fest weekend in Brooklyn and a few of us at AIAC will be partaking in the madness. Resident DJ Chief Boima will be hosting the After Dark Africa Latina party tonight at Brooklyn Taphouse from...

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 50

As the OG of #Musicbreaks I'm responsible for stuff like jazz, leaving the more energetic genres (hip hop, global base, kwaiti and Naija derivative pop) to the much younger AIAC co-conspirators. So here's 10 tunes/artists...

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 49

The website has been a bit quiet lately, but don’t worry, it’s about to get lively again with this week’s music break. Finland’s rising lyricist Noah Kin breaks down his faith in the cinematic “You never asked”....

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Weekend Music Break 48

Rapper, activist, and radio host Xuman returns with this week’s edition of “Rap Journal”. Addressing police corruption in Senegal while paying homage to the South Africa’s beacon of light, Nelson Mandela. Look out for a guest appearance...

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 47

Another week, another solid playlist of eclectic African sounds. Yo Chale, feeling fresh after a trip to the barbing saloon, C-Real and M dot prove they each embody the word “OPEIMU” (extraordinary individual) as they stroll and cruise...

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 46

Electrique DJs, Fena Gitu and Jaaz Odongo have the perfect Summer tune for you. Technically, we’ll have to call it “Kenyan” house music: Another great video by director Nicky Campos, this time for South Africans Cassper Nyovest...

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 45

We took the week off last week so we’re coming back at you extra strong today. For those of you trying to stay warm this winter and those of you keeping it cool this summer we’ve got...

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 44

Here’s your weekly round-up of new videos and tunes to get the weekend started. First up, Gaël Faye giving us another video off his “Pili Pili sur un Croissant au Beurre” record, and reminding us of everything that’s good...

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Weekend Music Break, N°43

It’s been far too long since we had a music break. So without too many words, we’re going to jump right in with what’s been on our radar for the last couple weeks. In a fascinating illustration...

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Weekend Music Break, N°42

Gata Misteriosa and Lee Bass (the Mozambican-Portuguese-Ghanaian-German duo who go by the name of Gato Preto) dropped this new video for “Pirao” last night: no longer strictly kuduro, not yet sure what to call it, but right...

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Weekend Music Break, N°42

Many collaborations and surprise comebacks popped up in our feeds this week. First, this one by Kenyans DNA and Tanzania’s Mr. Nice, who tried his luck in South Africa for a while but now seems to have...

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Weekend Music Break, N°41

From Luanda: Dj Djeff has Nacobeta, Agre G & Game Walla doing their thing in the new video for “Mwangolé”. There’s a standard success script for all those kuduro videos out there. Not that we mind:

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Weekend Music Break, N°40

South African kwaito group Mafikizolo underscored their comeback this week with the release of the video for “Khona” off their new album, Reunited. The video which also features vocals from Uhuru and Mapiano, takes the group back...

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