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Friday, January 31st, 2014

Weekend Music Break 67

We kick off this weekend’s music break with an artist who has been away from the scene for a while: Cape Verdean rapper Vieira Nkosi. This week he uploaded a short freestyle video (in Dutch) entitled “I Am Legend”. Vieira was forced to take it slow due to an illness, but judging by this video,

Friday, January 17th, 2014

#Breaking: New York Times discovers African artists use the Internets

The New York Times’ printing press is still radiating from January 8th, 2014 when the newspaper’s East Africa correspondent Nicholas Kulish published a story (with accompanying video) about how the presence of Africans on the Internet represents...

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...

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Weekend Music Break, N°35

We hardly ever feature Brazilian music, and even less their take on Afrobeat. The above tune by the Abayomy Afrobeat Orchestra dates from last year, but the video’s new. Hope to see more from them. We’ve got 9...

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Africa is a Country TV is back: We interview Kenyan supergroup Just a Band

Apart from seeing our logo superimposed on a building in downtown Johannesburg, this is a good way to celebrate AIAC TV’s return to Youtube. We (well Dylan Valley) attended STR.CRD in Johannesburg last year. STR.CRD is South...

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Photographer Gregory Chris: Shooting Nneka, Meta and Just a Band

Photographer Gregory Chris shot African music stars Nneka, Meta (of Meta and the Cornerstones) and Just a Band in and around New York City. Here he talks about how he came to chose these artists and what...

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Music Break. Friday Bonus Edition

You won’t see or hear a more exciting song by a South African rapper this year than Kanyi’s ‘Ingoma’. Produced by Mananz, with Teboho Semela (sister of Ben Sharpa) on violin. From Gugulethu, Cape Town:

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

TV Heads

‘Kichwateli’ (‘TV head’ < Swahili) is one of the many chapters in the BLNRB project. Contributors are Just A Band (read Siddharta Mitter’s profile of the Kenyan trio here), street collective Maasai Mbili and the German electronic...

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Kenyans Experience Their First Viral Video

Chief Boima first got me into the Kenyan group, Just a Band. As I blogged then: People sleep on Kenya. Now Just a Band may just go viral (a first for Kenya) with their latest music video...

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Can’t Rain Forever

People sleep on Kenya. Chief Boima has a link to Just a Band who has a great no-frills video–that comments on political violence in Kenya and police brutality–for this intoxicating song.