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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…..

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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…..

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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…..

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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:…..

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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…..

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Zambia’s JK may now be a part of African supergroup One8 but on his own, he’s not bad. “Kapiripiri” is as catchy as they come.

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Keep Africa Alive, cont.

Today is World AIDS Day, which means you can expect the gatekeepers of Team: Save Africa to be in exceptionally fine form. In years past, Bono and (RED) have reigned…..

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We love Ghanaian-American rapper Blitz the Ambassador around here and, frankly, you should too. He was in Washington, D.C. a few weeks ago, and, while the weather was dreadful, this…..

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I Believe You Can Fly, Africa

Guess who’s back, pinch-hitting for the Africans? R. Kelly! If you liked his contribution to the 2010 World Cup, “Sign of a Victory,” (and who didn’t!?), then you’ll likely enjoy…..