Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Music Break / Lexxus

New video for the Congolese AIAC favorite Lexxus, recorded in Kinshasa, featuring the Kinois rapper LeslyMan.

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Friday Bonus Music Break, N°25

This summer’s Fuse ODG #ANTENNADANCE competition (“one person controlling the other using azonto movements”) courtesy of the Antenna smash hit resulted in some wild entries (Google it; H/T Jacquelin Kataneksza). Above: #TeamLONDON. And more good moves in...

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Friday Bonus Music Break, N°17

Rounding up some music videos we’ve been tweeting over the past weeks, this is your Friday Music Break. Produced by the hardest working rapper in Kinshasa, Lexxus (that’s him in the video, scouting for new talent in...

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Friday Bonus Music Break, N°16

Above is how people keep warm in Johannesburg winters. And below is what you hope to bounce to during long summer nights.

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Music Break. LeslyMan

“What do they really know about us?” Fair question from Congolese artist LeslyMan. He could have added: do they still want to know about us now that the elections are over? Remember LeslyMan from last year’s collaboration...

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

New Films

This list is partly self-indulgent. It is also a way–hopefully weekly–for me to keep an online record of films I still would like to see. Here’s a few. First up, Lotte Stoofs’s documentary film about the life...

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Music Break

Last month, Alex Dende aka Lexxus Legal was awarded the ‘African Renaissance Prize’ at the Black World Festival in Dakar for his long-time commitment to and support of the rap scene in Kinshasa. We think it’s much...

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Swahili Cipher

Thomas Gesthuizen, known by followers of as Juma4, has been running the number one African Hip Hop site and radio show in the world for a few years.  The site, which has had various incarnations over...

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Music Break

New video for Congolese rapper Lexxus Legal’s ‘Espoir’, featuring Djabi. Recorded in Johannesburg (Nelson Mandela bridge: check), there is some serious, ehm, face-dropping going on here: Miriam Makeba, Che Guevara, Diego Maradona, Joachim Löw, Robinho (or is...

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Presidents of Africa

We’ve already written about some of the songs featuring in Didier Awadi’s latest project, Présidents d’Afrique, which has been in the making for over five years. The full ‘album’ is finally here.