AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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Monday, April 28th, 2014

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 pulling into the compound had sent us all rushing to welcome him. Amidst my parents chatter about his grades and how he’d lost weight, my

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Necessary doses of pan-Africanism: Spoek Mathambo remixes Seun Kuti

Take this necessary dose of pan-Africanism with your vitamins. K’Naan and Nas’s “Nothing to Lose” video qualifies. So does Spoek Mathambo remixing Seun Kuti.  Kuti tours the US this summer and Mathambo has a new album coming out...

Friday, February 17th, 2012

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 seeing it:

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

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 later this week we should have Boima’s...

Friday, January 20th, 2012

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 ‘Irréversible’ (he couldn’t not refer to the...

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Africa Makes Some Noise

Last night, BBC Radio One premiered an hour-long documentary on the story of modern “African” music, hosted by UK-based Kenyan DJ Edu (whose weekly show, Destination Africa on Radio 1Xtra, I’ve been listening to for...

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