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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

The State Of African Hip Hop In 2014

In 2014, African hip-hop has graduated from the bedroom and walked into the boardroom. It’s left its cape (baggy jeans) at the door and picked up a pair of tight-fitting pants. In extreme cases, hip-hop has shed the ‘urban’ look completely and chosen shiny suits; it’s lost its assumed roots in the underground and allowed

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 58

Your weekly dose of 10 new music videos. First up, from Kenya, Muthoni The Drummer Queen’s ode to Nairobi: M.anifest, “Ghana man since 19 kojo-hoho”: Indocile is a hip-hop crew from Liège, Belgium: South of Belgium, representing...

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 54

Flex Boogie, featured on this song by producer/radio deejay The Prince, is a Pretoria-based hip-hop artist who was part of the pioneering hip-hop group Ba4za at one point. He has undergone numerous changes since then – from...

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Weekend Music Break, N°33

Let’s start with two club tracks. It’s Friday after all. Above is a collaboration between Boddhi Satva (from the Central African Republic) and Oumou Sangaré (from Mali) who together recorded this video in Bamako. You could dance...

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

10 Albums You Might Have Missed This Year

This list of 10 albums by African artists probably says more about my own musical preferences than it does about all those other “Best Albums of 2012″ year-end lists floating around on the web which didn’t include...

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Friday Bonus #MusicBreak

Yes, I’ve been listening to pop music a lot. You get work done and don’t have to think too much. First up above is Nairobi’s Camp Mulla and their generic rap pop.

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...

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The Year of Frantz Fanon

Four moments which rocked France this year were the cases against rapper Youssoupha and IMF Head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the unveiling of the Paris exhibiton Human Zoos: The Invention of the Savage, curated by former French footballer Lilian...

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Paris is a Continent, N°4

It’s the return of one of the best R&B artists in French. K-Reen is back with a new track called “Like Before” featuring rapper Youssoupha. Her album of  should be out in March 2012. And here’s a...

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Music Break / Youssoupha

Kinshasa-born rapper Youssoupha moved to France at the age of 10. Ever since releasing his first tapes he’s been strident in his critique of the French media’s lazy depicting of the festering banlieues. In 2009, columnist Éric...

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

‘The Butterfly Effect’

The best rap music video I’ve seen in a while (I don’t care much for rap music anymore). “l’effet papillon” (the butterfly effect) by the French rapper, Youssoupha. I like the way the video combines bling, African...