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Syna Winford is Miss Liberia Minnesota 2005

Syna Winford is Miss Liberia Minnesota 2005

“It still seems so unreal”, said a well-poised Syna Winford three weeks after beating six other challengers to win her first beauty pageant. The 24-year old Monrovia native, who has…

Much Awaited Safari Lounge is Here

Much Awaited Safari Lounge is Here

By eleven pm, DJ Kader has revelers dancing to a hot mix of African hits in downtown’s Fahrenheit nightclub. This is the grand opening of the much-awaited ‘Safari Lounge’, an…

Top Kenyan DJ Makes Stop in the Twin Cities

Top Kenyan DJ Makes Stop in the Twin Cities

One of Kenya’s premier DJs, DJ Adrian made the third stop of his six-week Capital FM Kenyan Connection Tour in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis leg was sponsored by Mezesha Entertainment, and…

Jimi Hope and Yawo Attivor in Benefit Concert for Togo

Jimi Hope and Yawo Attivor in Benefit Concert for Togo

A benefit for Togo, headlined with transplanted local boy, Yawo Attivor, and the irrepressible, straight-from-Togo Jimi Hope drummed up thousands of sorely needed dollars for this West African country last…

Soweto Gospel Choir on Stage

Soweto Gospel Choir on Stage

Silhouetted on stage against a slate gray backdrop, Sipokazi Luzipo' clear alto voice calls out into blackness. A taut hide stretched over a jembe provides drumming surface to accompany Luzipo…

Tanzania’s Bongo Flava Star, Ray C, Brings Act to the Twin Cities

Tanzania’s Bongo Flava Star, Ray C, Brings Act to the Twin Cities

Tanzania’s Taarab and Bongo Flava star, Ray C, was in the Twin Cities on Thanksgiving Day eve and her sex appeal overpowered the men in the room.…

The Woman Behind the Music

One might expect a bigger, louder, brassier woman to be the one who breaks down gender barriers in Mali, West Africa.…