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Africa is a Radio: Episode 6

Africa is a Radio episode 6 opens up with a transnational blend, combining remixes of Dotorado Pro’s “African Scream” with its sample source: DJ Sbu & Zahara’s “Lengoma.” From there…..

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Friday Music Break, N°12

I’m taking over the Friday music break this week. First up, the prolific Azonto producer E.L. surprises us this week with a 25 track debut album. He had so many…..

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Jay-Z's Black Republicanism

Jay-Z’s brand of Black Republicanism is now the subject of a sociology course at Georgetown University. Early insights: he “beat the system” and is “a businessman and a philanthropist who used…..

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Sampling Semenya

An interview in a (South African) Sunday paper with a ‘hopping mad’ Caiphus Semenya (the South African musician* was surprised to hear his music was being sampled in the ‘Murder…..

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Tofo Tofo

So about those pantsula references in Beyonce’s latest video: Beyonce and her choreographer, Frank Gatson Jr, had seen a Mozambican group, Tofo Tofo, on Youtube. This is Gatson talking to…..

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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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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…..

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Music Fridays

Mos Def is back. Which means I am happy. This for Ski Beats’ new album coming out in September.

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EVERYBODY WANTS FELA TO SUCCEED (ON BROADWAY)

The New York mainstream press is all over Bill T Jones’ musical “Fela!,” which recently opened in the city.  Everybidy wants the show to succeed in a downmarket. “The New…..