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Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The wisdoms of Akon

The Senegalese-American singer Akon may be a very talented musician, but he has terrible politics. And he likes to share them. Remember when George W Bush was still President in the United States and Akon opined to rap magazine, “The Source”: “… (Black people in the US) can nag about the president all they want and how...

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Dictators and Pop Stars

Yesterday pop star Nelly Furtado tweeted that she had performed privately for Gaddafi’s family, had earned US$1 million, but was feeling so bad that now she would donate the money she earned to “an undisclosed charity.” We...

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Akon makes no sense

Some rappers should just stay away from politics. Take T-Pain’s endorsement of “a conversative victory 2010.” (If you forgot, watch Jay Smooth break down T-Pain’s nonsense here.) Then there’s of course the Senegalese-American R&B singer,...

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Africa Makes Some Noise

Last night, BBC Radio One premiered an hour-long documentary on the story of modern “African” music, hosted by UK-based Kenyan DJ Edu (whose weekly show, Destination Africa on Radio 1Xtra, I’ve been listening to for...

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...

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Music, Chief Boima’s ‘African By The Bay’

The first collection of remixes from San Francisco-based DJ Chief Boima. Consists of Afro dance remixes of, among others pop hits by Birdman, Akon, The Jacka and Fabo & T-Pain. Download here.