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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

The State Of African Hip Hop In 2014

In 2014, African hip-hop has graduated from the bedroom and walked into the boardroom. It’s left its cape (baggy jeans) at the door and picked up a pair of tight-fitting pants. In extreme cases, hip-hop has shed the ‘urban’ look completely and chosen shiny suits; it’s lost its assumed roots in the underground and allowed

Monday, April 28th, 2014

The African Hip-Hop Generation Arrives

I remember it like it was yesterday. My older brother had just returned from his freshman year of secondary school and the loud engine of my father’s old Nissan Stanza pulling into the compound had sent us...

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Blitz the Ambassador has a new EP: ‘The Warm Up’

Shortly before the release of Ghana-born emcee Blitz the Ambassador’s “The Warm Up” EP, we reached out to him to discuss his career and the aspects involved in the making of the album. He described the EP...

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 45

We took the week off last week so we’re coming back at you extra strong today. For those of you trying to stay warm this winter and those of you keeping it cool this summer we’ve got...

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Afropolitan Dreams in Brooklyn

Blitz the Ambassador is throwing a block party in Brooklyn this Saturday. Les Nubians are singing, Rimarkable and myself are DJing, and Restless City is screening. MoCADA is the host and co-sponsor.

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Sweet, Sweet Country: An Interview with Filmmaker Dehanza Rogers

Director Dehanza Rogers’s latest short film, “Sweet, Sweet Country” is the winner of the Audience Award at the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival. The film stars Danielle Deadwyler as the 20-year old refugee Ndizeye, whose struggles to care...

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Shameless Self-Promotion: Chief Boima at The Apollo

This Saturday I’ll be djing between acts at The Apollo Theater’s Africa Now! Concert. Yesterday, I had an interesting conversation with the Apollo’s director about the different African crowds in New York (last year they had Tiken...

Friday, January 20th, 2012

A cappella colonial mentality

Blitz the Ambassador, a staple on AIAC, has been releasing these videos (titled “Koshka Sessions”) where he eschews his big band and accompanied by only a percussion instrument delivers raps like this one “Colonial Mentality.” This is...

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

10 African Albums of 2011

Tinariwen Tassili Mali Quote: “I go quietly to pay Mizgawa a little visit.” FOKN Bois meet Irie Maffia Production The FOKN DunaQuest In Budapest Ghana/Hungary Quote: “We see demma Maffia side, but now everything be Irie.” Seun...

Monday, December 19th, 2011

2011′s Music Video Picks

Inexplicably absent in this year’s fashionable blogs’ and magazines’ year-end lists are videos by African artists, or those videos recorded somewhere in Africa. I’ve picked ten which I think stood out. South Africans Pieter Hugo and Michael...

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Blitz The Ambassador Speaks

Blitz The Ambassador talks about the initial reception of his music (“slow”), the musical Fela! (“it made the people more open and made the people understand the larger context”), his early records, his collaboration with Corneille for...

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Chief Boima plays Lincoln Center

He’s not just a blogger. This Sunday, August 7, at Lincoln Center DJ Chief Boima, who has been traveling in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone this summer,  will warm up the crowd–along with Ahficionados–between sets by Iyadede, Spoek...

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Blitz the Ambassador talks African Cinema

  Blitz the Ambassador (you know we like him) says a lot about African film making in 120 seconds. H/T:Society HAE

Monday, May 30th, 2011

‘Native Sun,’ The Film

Blitz the Ambassador released his short film to accompany his album Native Sun which was released two weeks ago.–Boima Tucker.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Native Son

Youtube is streaming all of the 44-odd minutes of Blitz the Ambassador’s second studio album, “Native Sun.” The album will be released May 3rd in North America, and May 6th Worldwide. I have already pre-ordered my copy.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

‘Dear Africa’

Off his new album, Blitz the Ambassador featuring Les Nubians. Free download here.

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Music Break

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 was not a show I was planning...

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

‘Something to Believe’

Rapper Blitz the Ambassador (representing for the Ghanaian diaspora and Brooklyn), featuring Tess, who can sing, doing the song “Something to Believe,” off Blitz’s new “StereoLive” album. (BTW, he has an EP, called “Native Son,” coming up...

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

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