Monday, March 25th, 2013
This morning I started my week reading the following on the New York Times’ website: “Digital music, responsible for the improvement in the industry’s brighter overall outlook, has failed to catch on across much of Africa.” To be more accurate, the first words I read were “Serraval, France”, the location of the writer. Ironically, Serraval’s city hall
Thursday, February 9th, 2012
Nigerian D'Banj--a combination of outsized showman, confidence, flash, little politics and affecting personality--could be Africa's first global pop star of the 21st century.
Friday, January 27th, 2012
Two recent features in the mainstream British media turned out to be enough to spur some debate about the so-called "Rise of the Afrobeats" in the U.K. The Guardian interviewed DJ Abrantee (quoting Abrantee as him having...
Monday, January 9th, 2012
Nigeria’s political leaders probably did not expect this kind of response from the populace –mass protests, a national strike starting today that shut down major cities–when they decided, on January 1, 2012, to scrap fuel subsidies (as...
Friday, February 25th, 2011
The Ghanaian-American fashion bloggers Street Etiquette are featured in this week’s episode of Radio Netherlands vlog What’s Up Africa!. So is Snoop Dogg’s very convincing Nigerian accent (at the 0;30 mark).
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
The music video for a new song by Nigerian rapper/R&B singer D’Banj featuring Snoop Dogg that went online yesterday. The usual quota of hired cars, half-dressed models and money rolls follow the two showmen. The song title...