AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Music Break. YaoBobby ft. Fredy Massamba

There’s a fast growing collection of cross-over hip hop songs produced by Central and West African artists making a living in the diaspora (especially in French-speaking hotbeds like Marseilles, Paris or Brussels), lyrically reaching back to the countries they’ve left. This collaboration between Togolese artist YaoBobby (rapping in Mina) and the prolific Fredy Massamba (singing

Friday, June 20th, 2014

A review Dak’art 2014 (II)

Halfway through my visit to the International Exhibition of this year’s ambitious edition of Dak’art: the 11th Biennale of Contemporary African Art, a tray of fragrant Thieboudienne, the classic Senegalese dish, was brought out into the courtyard...

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

The Congolization Movement

On January 17th, a group of local artists (Pitcho Womba Konga, Fredy Massamba, Badi Banx, Caroline, Kamanda, Lety, Jack, Karim, Christian, Malkia and myself) pulled off "the Action" in L'Horloge Du Sud, better known as the Afro-European...

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...

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Tsofa: A documentary film about Congolese immigrants in Romania

Congolese (Brazzaville) filmmaker Rufin Mbou Mikima has uploaded* his latest documentary “Tsofa” to YouTube. The film tells the story of a group of Congolese men, many of them highly qualified university graduates who got offered a 600...

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.

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Independence August

Since we’ll be on break for a minute (details tomorrow) when the following central African countries celebrate their independence days, let’s do a quick roundup for Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, and Gabon. August 13, The Central...

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Music Break

We’ve plugged Fredy Massamba before. ‘Ntoto’ is taken from his album Ethnophony.

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Swahili Cipher

Thomas Gesthuizen, known by followers of Africanhiphop.com 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...

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Music Break

The guys from Fresk have opinions, but we will go into that another day. Until then, this song by Brazzaville’s Fredy Massamba, Mad Pluma and Steve Mavoungou (and friends) will do. You get the message. – Tom...

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Children of Kinshasa

If you have seen the 1987 movie La Vie est Belle (Life is Rosy), you probably remember the aspiring musician Kourou (played by Papa Wemba) getting himself in some trouble in this scene. Here, in the latest...

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Review: ‘Héritage Congo’

Guest Blogger, Tom DeVriendt Pitcho Womba Konga hails from Congo but moved to Belgium at the age of seven. As an artist he is a co-founder of Skinfama, a Brussels-based collective instigating urban hip-hop culture. You might...