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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…..

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Friday Music Bonus Edition

So drawn into the video (a plethora of faces, personalities and historic moments) Atlanta trio Algiers made for ‘Blood’, I forgot to pay attention to the lyrics the first time…..

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Queensbridge, Rexdale and Mogadishu

Behind the scenes video of Nas and K’Naan on the set of the latter’s music video for “Nothing to Lose” in Toronto. The video premieres on Friday. * BTW, sometime…..

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Friday Music Bonus Edition

Let’s do a Friday Diaspora edition. There are some half-baked attempts at linking the videos in here. But don’t take them too seriously. French-Congolese Youssoupha on living in France in…..

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Africa Makes Some Noise

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Naija Does It Again

In yesterday’s special “Africa issue” of Canada’s Globe and Mail, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote this on contemporary Nigerian music: “The music is cross-cultural, polyglot, derivative, but is also, at its…..

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K’Naan and Akon have now produced versions of their World Cup songs for Coco Cola and Pepsi respectively. The transformation is complete. First Akon’s “Africa.”  It is not clear where that…..

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Video: Akon's "Africa"

The R&B singer, Akon has released his own 2010 World Cup song with the original title “Africa.”  (Akon is the second R&B or rap singer–the other is K’Naan–to release a World Cup…..

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The Transformation of K'Naan

K’naan, the Somali-Canadian singer, usually sings sort of earnest and sometimes strident political songs about war, refugees and militarism. His song, “Waving Flag,” is a good example. The organizers of…..