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

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...

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Shameless Self-Promotion: Chief Boima at The Apollo

This Saturday I’ll be djing between acts at The Apollo Theater’s Africa Now! Concert. Yesterday, I had an interesting conversation with the Apollo’s director about the different African crowds in New York (last year they had Tiken...

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

The magazine as Tumblr

Globetrotter is one of those vaguely defined, international, cosmopolitan culture and fashion magazines. With connections to Chicago, Lagos, and Jakarta, the magazine consists of an eclectic pastiche of commentary on various international trends organized into four sections: Art/Design,...

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, April 13th, 2012

The 19th New York African Film Festival: “Relentless”

"Relentless" is fundamentally a film about Lagos. About how director Andy Okoarafor sees it. In Okoarafor's rendering, Lagos is a hard, inhospitable city, where people look stressed out, always hustling. They're always on the move. But Okoarafor also...

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Friday Music Bonus Edition

Our weekly round-up of new (and a little less new) music videos. First, this great video for ‘I Am An African,’ the first single of Dutch-Ghanaian artist Papa Ghana’s EP ‘I Am An African.’ (The song came out...

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

The Africa is a Country guide to #SXSW

There’s a lot going on for music fans at SXSW 2012. Plenty of AIAC favorites will be there, and fans of UK Bass, Cumbia Rock, Panabaynian Dancehall, neo-Jazz&B-Hop, Dubstep, Moombahton, Dutch House/Bubbling, Southern Rap former jailbirds, Hyphy/Mobb Music, Norteño, Classic New York Rap,...

Monday, December 19th, 2011

2011’s Music Video Picks

Inexplicably absent in this year’s fashionable blogs’ and magazines’ year-end lists are videos by African artists, or those videos recorded somewhere in Africa. I’ve picked ten which I think stood out. South Africans Pieter Hugo and Michael...

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Music Break / Nneka

Nneka‘s “Soul is Heavy” from her new album. Extras: Part 1 and Part 2.

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Music Break

Nneka--a AIAC favorite–performing an acoustic version of her song, “Do You Love Me Now?” for the French website,  

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Music Break / Nneka

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Music Break

The new video for Nigerian Afrobeat funkster Bantu‘s tune “I’m Waiting.” It’s part of the soundtrack of the new film,”Relentless” (set in Lagos) directed by Andy Okoroafor. The single/video features Nneka. Via Emma Arrogundade.

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Nneka & Nas Present: Heartbeat

If you’re a regular reader, then you know we love Nigerian-German songstress Nneka. Her new album, Concrete Jungle, has been out for a few months and she’s now on tour with Nas and Damian Marley, aka Distant...

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Viva Africa

The Super Eagles are kicking off against Greece shortly, so today’s 2010 World Cup music moment comes from Nneka. She’s got a song, “Viva Africa,” on Listen Up, the official 2010 FIFA World Cup album. Here’s 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...

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Nneka on Nigeria’s Oil Politics

Singer Nneka (who is a great talent but always nervous in interviews) rambles on a bit about her name and her father before talking about oil politics, the Niger Delta, the Ogoni and Ken Saro Wiwa. Timely...

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Nneka on Letterman

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Nneka’s Identity

Interview with Nigerian singer, Nneka, about her new album (the cover of which is striking) by my friend, Siddhartha Mitter, in “The Boston Globe” this weekend.

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Nneka Plays Stateside

Her US tour dates are now available. * The video above for her single “Kangpe” was filmed in Cote d’Ivoire.

Thursday, December 17th, 2009


Nneka is like the Angelique Kidjo of hipsters. Download her mixtape with J Period here.