Music

Brenda

Brenda Fassie South African Musician Sometimes crazy woman Performer South African Kwaito Diva Triple Platinum Holder Inspiring music (buy here) ‘Brenda Fassie (3 November 1964 – 9 May 2004) was an anti-apartheid South African Afropop singer. Her bold …

Zambia: Emeli Sande

I’m pretty sure that Emeli Sande needs no introduction. The musician and songwriter is from Scotland, but did you know she was born to a Zambian father? She has written for a wide range of stars, from Rihanna, Tinie Tempah, …

Rwanda: That Girl From Africa

If you love electro-pop and alternative beats, then you’ll surely love Rwandan artist Iyadede, a.k.a That Girl from Africa. Here album was one of the first that I ever bothered to listen to on Bandcamp. In fact, I …

Malawi: Pictures on Silence

I recently found Malawi music producer, Atu, via Okay Africa and I’m pleased to say his work is one of the loveliest surprises I’ve had this year! I’m not entirely sure what genre his beats are because even though …

Lesotho: Natty’s Afrika

This piece, Afrika, is probably the most popular track from Natty‘s Out of Fire mixtape. Natty is half-Lesotho and half-Italian, but this track celebrates his South African roots in particular. Okay Africa sums up the track in one sentence …

Guinea Bissau: Guiné Na Mundo Fora

Eneida Marta is a prominent singer from Guinea Bissau. She has released three successful albums sung in Guinea-Bissau Creole and Portuguese. In fact, she speaks and sings in nine native languages –  Fula, Biafada, Bijago, Mandjak, Mankanya, Futa Fula, Balanta, …

Equitorial Guinea: Buika

Concha Buika is a Spanish singer who hails from Equitorial Guinea. Growing up away from home, she was the only African in her neighbourhood, but that did not stop her from imbibing her African roots and culture. Even now, several …

Benin: Africa’s Premier Diva

I’ve heard from so many people that if you must buy only one West African artists’ CD, it should be Angélique Kidjo, the acclaimed musician from Benin Republic. Kidjo has really made Africa proud with her music – she …

Algeria: YADi – Blow

YADi ~ Blow YADi ~ Blow (The Joe Goddard remix) YADi gives us a new single that is a little bit edgy, a little bit fun, and definitely urban. I like the cinematography of it too – from the subtle …

Zangalewa

I’m pretty sure we all know the 2010 FIFA World Cup theme song Waka Waka performed by Shakira. Well, did you know that the song was originally performed in 1986 by a Makossa group from Cameroon called Golden Sounds? The …