AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Weekend Music Break 67
Serginho Roosblad | January 31st, 2014

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We kick off this weekend’s music break with an artist who has been away from the scene for a while: Cape Verdean rapper Vieira Nkosi. This week he uploaded a short freestyle video (in Dutch) entitled “I Am Legend”. Vieira was forced to take it slow due to an illness, but judging by this video, he’s doing much better, and his new album “Kralienge State of Mind” is finished, he says. We’re happy he’s back.

There’s never a shortcoming of songs from Naija. Burna Boy released his video for “Na So E Suppose Be”:

South Londoner Kwabs, originally from Ghana, is on about everybody’s ‘who to watch in 2014′ list, which is not so surprising when you listen to him. This track “Wrong or Right” will be featured on his EP that’s coming out this weekend.

DRC’s Alicious Theluji had a smash hit in 2012 with her single “Mpita Njia” together with Ugandan singer Juliana Kanyomozi. But she is fully capable of doing it on her own as she proves on her zouk track “Posa ya Bolingo”:

We’re still puzzled what the white horse is doing in Guinean Takana Zion’s video. But it doesn’t matter; we dig his style and this tune:

We’re expecting a lot from Zimbabwean-Dutch singer Rina Mushonga in the near future. Her highly anticipated first album is supposed to come out in February. “Eastern Highlands,” from her self-titled EP she released last year, is promised to be an indicator of what we can expect. We’re counting the days:

An inspirational song from Kenyan rapper Octopizzo, featuring his little daughter Tracy singing the chorus on “Blackstar”:

Three years ago Kenya’s Just a Band shot a video for their single “S.W.E.E.T”. At the time they weren’t happy with the result so they left if for what it was. They seem to have changed their mind, and showed the world what they initially rejected, so you can judge yourself:

Norwegian-South African Nosizwe is no stranger to the music industry. Her brother Tshawe had a smash hit a few years ago with the track “Beggin” as part of the duo Madcon. Nosizwe has taken a different, more alternative route… Her track “The Beat” proves that the musical talent really runs in the family.

To end: this week, Cape Verde, and the world, lost piano legend Epifânia de Freitas Silva Ramos Évora, also known as Dona Tututa. She died at the beautiful age of 95. We’d like to pay homage to her with her performance recorded in 2009 at the occasion of her 90th birthday. R.I.P.

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Serginho Roosblad

Journalist and producer for RNW Africa.

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