AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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Monday, February 18th, 2013

When Kim Kardashian came to Lagos and “419ed the 419ers”

I was just over a thousand miles away from the action in Freetown, watching my Twitter timeline cascade with commentary as the evening unfolded. Tweets purred with pleasure at the acrobatics segment, and at the godly qualities of Waje’s voice. There was a sense that in production values and packaging, Lagos had outblinged itself. And

Friday, June 1st, 2012

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 songs stored up he decided to release...

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Africa’s first 21st century global pop star?

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.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

‘Very African and Very Modern’

It may be tempting to read Congolese-Belgian rapper Baloji's music as a relatively straightforward exercise in “indigenizing” or localizing hip-hop, but the story of his transnational musical moorings — especially his ambivalence toward Congolese pop — complicates...

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Amber Rose went to Ghana

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

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 to Excellence’ track on the Jay-Z &...

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Kanye West’s Nigerian Inspiration

Neelika Jayawardane Looks like Kanye’s decision to enlisted the expertise of choreographer Yemi Akinyemi to mobilise the sinews in his 35-minute film, Runaway, will position this surreal fantasy with the best of Nollywood and Noir. The black swan dance –...

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Africa at the Oscars

Apart from Charlize Theron and her dress, the very big continent of Africa was indirectly represented at the Academy Awards last night when the short film, “Music by Prudence” won for best documentary short. As you know...