AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The Unofficial World Cup Song?

Is this playful ode to coloured identity,* becoming the unofficial World Cup anthem? Apparently South Africa’s football team–now finally scoring goals in warm up games celebrate by mimicking the dances associate with “(Show them) Make the circle bigger,” with a guest verse by rap mc, HHP.  The numbers of people using it as their Facebook

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

The Transformation of K’Naan

K’naan, the Somali-Canadian singer, usually sings sort of earnest and sometimes strident political songs about war, refugees and militarism. His song, “Waving Flag,” is a good example. The organizers of the 2010 World Cup asked him to...

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Malitia Malimob, rap music and the less glamorous stories of African migration to the United States

The new “Africa Rising” narrative propagated largely by a globally-connected middle and upper class diaspora, often obscures the grittier stories of the African immigrant experience. This is partly due to an instinct among African immigrants to want to counter...

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Friday Music Bonus Edition

Let’s do a Friday Diaspora edition. There are some half-baked attempts at linking the videos in here. But don’t take them too seriously. French-Congolese Youssoupha on living in France in ‘Irréversible’ (he couldn’t not refer to the...

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Coco Cola and the “African Boy”

I’m a bit late with this, but I’ll post it anyway. (Look out for lots of posts about World Cup commercials on this site over the next few days.) Another one of the myriad of commercials made...

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Naija Does It Again

In yesterday’s special “Africa issue” of Canada’s Globe and Mail, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote this on contemporary Nigerian music: “The music is cross-cultural, polyglot, derivative, but is also, at its core, very nationalist. It is music whose...

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Toto meets Mango Groove

FIFA and the South African organizers of the World Cup yesterday unveiled the official World Cup tune. Sorry K’Naan. You’ll always have Coco Cola. The song, with an “African” beat (trying to figure out from where) and...

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Have another Coke and smile Roger Milla

Having stripped the Somalian singer K’Naan’s protest song, “Waving Flag” of any meaning, Coco Cola now sets about to trivialize African football history. As reported by Steve Bloomfield on his blog, Africa United, Coke’s new commercial, “History...

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Akon Deserves a Pepsi

Apparently the video for Pepsi’s “Oh Africa” commercial is the first 2010 World Cup commercial to go viral. (I’ve blogged about it here before.)  So much for Coke thinking its official World Cup sponsor status and numerous...

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

No Comment

K’Naan and Akon have now produced versions of their World Cup songs for Coco Cola and Pepsi respectively. The transformation is complete. First Akon’s “Africa.”  It is not clear where that song took place?  The edge of a...

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Video: Akon’s “Africa”

The R&B singer, Akon has released his own 2010 World Cup song with the original title “Africa.”  (Akon is the second R&B or rap singer–the other is K’Naan–to release a World Cup related song.) Keri Hilson, in zebra top (it’s...

Monday, October 5th, 2009

WEEKEND LINKS: THE ZUMAS, FOOTBALL, SOMALI PIRATES, THE G20, WILDLIFE, BLK JKS, CHINUA ACHEBE

Here’s some things I did not have the time to blog about properly or link to this past week: * Barack and Michelle Obama had to pose 135 times with visiting dignitaries to the UN General Assembly...