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Monday, October 13th, 2014

Africa is a Radio: Episode 6

(photo via NBC news) Africa is a Radio episode 6 opens up with a transnational blend, combining remixes of Dotorado Pro’s “African Scream” with its sample source: DJ Sbu & Zahara’s “Lengoma.” From there we travel around the world -from Ferguson to Havana to Monrovia- touching on the sonic imprints of the contemporary news cycle.

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Get Well Soon, Ashoka

Today the American network NBC announced publicly that friend (and contributor) of Africa is a Country, Ashoka Mukpo, is the freelance journalist who has been diagnosed with Ebola and is being flown to the United States for treatment (read Ashoka’s...

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Friday Music Bonus Edition

It’s Friday night, so we’re unwinding with some nice videos. We start with Liberians Nasseman and Takun J, on a pan-African roots reggae tune.

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Independence August

Since we’ll be on break for a minute (details tomorrow) when the following central African countries celebrate their independence days, let’s do a quick roundup for Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, and Gabon. August 13, The Central...

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Independence Day: Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire celebrated their 51st year of independence from France yesterday. Music has played a role in national political identity throughout the country’s conflict. I’m sure that it will continue to play a role as the country...

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Music Break

Mikey AKA Kesse Babe, from Nigeria’s Project Fame reality TV show, comes with a very nice Twi-Pop, Roots Reggae tune. I was able to visit Mikey’s studio recently in Accra. The young R&B singer has a great...

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Music Break

1970 Britain, Jamaican duo Bob and Marcia‘s cover of “Young, Gifted and Black” climbs to no. 5 on the UK charts. They’re featured in a recent BBC documentary on the influence of reggae on 1970s British music...

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

‘Insurrection’

Single released April 11th, which is the 30th anniversary of the Brixton riots that levelled much of the town centre that both Linton and I call home. DJ Haitus.

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Tidal Waves Goes South

Anyone who makes songs about politicians eating all the money–what else do they do?–gets our vote. South African rock-reggae band, Tidal Waves (see also our earlier post) will be touring in the U.S. the next two weeks....

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Music Break

Meta and the Cornerstones is a Brooklyn based roots reggae band, headed by Senegalese singer Meta Dia. I spotted the video for their song Cornerstone at the Large Up blog (If you don’t know Large Up, it is...

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Music Monday

I’m just back from a weekend away so this is my contribution for today. Just a little something to start your week off. From Ivoirian reggae artist Tiken Jah Fakoly comes “Un Africain A Paris,” a cover...

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Nas and Damian Marley Goes to Africa

I have blogged before about “Distant Relatives,” the collaboration between Nas and Damian Marley where they make explicit the connections African music and rap and reggae. Well, now two of the tracks off the forthcoming album have now...

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

MUSIC / NAS & DAMIAN MARLEY, “DISTANT RELATIVES”

I am looking forward to the release of Nas and Damian Marley’s new project “Distant Relatives,” which deliberately highlights the African roots of hip hop and reggae. (They sample, among others, Fela Kuti; on the MySpace Page...

Friday, November 6th, 2009

MUSIC BREAK / DELROY WILSON

It’s Friday, I’m tired, but I’m in a dancing mood. This is good, but my favorite Delroy Wilson track, still? “True Believer in Love.”

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

VIDEO: BOBI WINE FOR PRESIDENT

The Fader interviews the Ugandan musician Bobi Wine (whose pronouncements on the shortcomings of the country’s political leadership has earned him the title “Mr President”). More, including links to two of Bobi Wine’s dancehall-inflected songs, see here.