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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

The Very Best’s “Kondaine” and Village Beat’s advocacy

The musical group, The Very Best is a tandem between Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and London based producer Johan Hugo. Both met and live in London. AIAC has dedicated several posts to their music. From scanning a few of their videos, it seems they often poke light of the music video genre, taking playful measures

Friday, September 18th, 2009

“THE VERY BEST WARM HEART OF AFRICA”

M.I.A.’s “Rain Dance” from the album, above.

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Africa is a Jockey

I want to share the story of an African Jockey, Sean Levey (in the photo above), but a blush biographical blurb about a rising star from Swaziland, particularly when his fresh face, a black face, is such...

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Winter List: Festivals in Southern Africa

While some in the virtual AIAC office have been putting together their summer lists, I thought I’d keep it real and put up a winter list. (Yes, it’s winter here in South Africa.) If you ever get...

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Friday Music Break, N°12

I’m taking over the Friday music break this week. First up, the prolific Azonto producer E.L. surprises us this week with a 25 track debut album. He had so many songs stored up he decided to release...

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Sunday Bonus Music Break, N°8

Since Friday’s Special was reserved to Sierra Leone — and for archival purposes — here’s your Sunday Bonus. First up, above, from the same label that brought us Baloji, Konono N°1 and Staff Benda Billili comes a...

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Now Soulja Boy takes on Joseph Kony

It has come to this. Musicians, especially rappers, had to wade in. Like everyone else who is now an expert on Uganda, they were quick to declare themselves on board with #Kony2012.* But some have taken it...

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Biko’s Son

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio 1’s program, The Current, this morning interviewed 40 year old Nkosinathi Biko about South Africa’s progress (and his dad's legacy) 22 years after the unbanning of liberation movements (2 February 1990).

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Music Break / Mo Laudi

We’ve posted this video by Mo Laudi during our summer break on our Facebook page (why haven’t you joined us there yet?). We’ll do it again. You know Mo Laudi from his past projects — The Very...

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The Sound of Johannesburg

South African artists BLK JKS and Athi-Patra Ruga provide this month’s mixtape for the Italian architecture, art and design magazine Domus (other mixtapes in the past gave us musical snapshots of Buenos Aires, London, Melbourne, Milan, Harlem...

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Africa Day

The Very Best–a collaboration of Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit–has a new mixtape. It came out a few weeks ago. It is still good for Africa Day. Download it here.

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Music Break

Longtime readers of AIAC know that we love The Very Best, whose music, at least according to the MySpace, apparently falls under the categories “Melodramatic Popular Song / Showtunes / Tropical.” Right. Whatever you want to call...

Monday, July 5th, 2010

What is Ku Ku Bass?

I’m new (or, rather, late) to Philly-based, Ghanaian-American DJ and producer Zakee but so far, so good. He’s signed to Green Owl so, you know, he gets to hang out with people like The Very Best and...

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Lake of Stars

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

‘Like Africa, Africa’

A bit late on this but Pitchfork.tv recently unveiled their latest series, Selector, in which they offer a rapper two different beats, one of which the rapper picks as a backing track for a freestyle....

Friday, November 27th, 2009

10 Music Videos for the Weekend

Since it is Friday, I might as well put up a few music videos. First up is the Kano remix of The Very Best’s “Julia” (remember earlier this year’s excellent “The Warm Heart of Africa” album?):