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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Music Break

We like Dakar-based rapper Awadi around here. Now he’s teamed up with Tunisian artist Samy Dorbez to bring us “Dégage” (Leave), a warning to all those that refuse to relinquish power (many on this list) and a hat tip to those that are fighting for that to change.

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Will the ‘Real Africa’ Please Stand Up?

Karen Rothmyer writing in this month’s Columbia Journalism Review on why NGOs prefer bad news when it comes to Africa:

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

What’s Kenya Got To Do With It?

That was our second question. Our first was, “What is this?” The answer to the latter is Music for RAIN (Replenish Africa Initiative), a Coca Cola-backed project described as the “music community’s response to the problem of...

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Tit for Tat

What happens when journalists attack? To find out, look no further than the pages of this month’s “Columbia Journalism Review.” The story begins with “One Man’s Rwanda,” Tristan McConnell’s feature on American journalist Philip Gourevitch, most famous for...

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Music Break

Among artists that need no introduction are The Noisettes, and their lead singer Shingai Shoniwa. Here they cover Miriam Makeba’s “Kilimanjaro,” then segue into their own “Never Forget You.” Bonus: you can download the entire session here....

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Music Break

Earlier this year, Belgian-Rwandan singer Stromae spent several weeks at number one across various countries in Europe with “Alors On Danse.” I can see why. Below the jump, Stromae gets the Kanye West treatment. Happy Friday.

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