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Spotify launches Afro Hub

Spotify launches Afro Hub

Spotify recently launched its Afro Hub initiative as part of its Global Cultures Project. “It’s our mission to uncover every layer of this ancient, expressive and rhythmic musical culture which…

Youssou Ndour shakes up Carnegie Hall

Youssou Ndour shakes up Carnegie Hall

NEW YORK – “A singer with a voice so extraordinary that the history of Africa seems locked inside it” is how Rolling Stones once described Youssou N’Dour. Others just choose…

Review: The Voice Within

Review: The Voice Within

Kinobe is an artist at the cutting edge of contemporary traditional music from Africa. Born in Uganda, now living in the United States, Kinobe has done something rare. In addition…

Ghanaian Art Festival Championing Creative Placemaking

Ghanaian Art Festival Championing Creative Placemaking

Africa is not a place that usually comes to mind when one thinks of great art festivals. Following independence, African countries mostly focused on the area of academics that had…

10th Annual Global Roots Festival at the Cedar

10th Annual Global Roots Festival at the Cedar

Clear your calendar for the upcoming weekend all the way through Wednesday, September 19th. The Cedar Cultural Center teaming with the American Swedish Institute present the 10th annual Global Roots…

No magic at Yemi Alade concert in Minneapolis

No magic at Yemi Alade concert in Minneapolis

The much-anticipated concert by Nigerian pop sensation, Yemi Alade, left a bitter taste in the mouths of her fans in Minnesota, including many who had traveled hours from surrounding states…

Sommerfest 2018 celebrates Mandela Centenary with Music for Mandela

Sommerfest 2018 celebrates Mandela Centenary with Music for Mandela

The Minnesota Orchestra celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday with a ‘Day of Music’ both indoors and outdoors featuring different musicians and genres on Saturday, July 21, 2018 in downtown Minneapolis.…

A bonanza of African music in Minnesota this summer

A bonanza of African music in Minnesota this summer

Fans of African music in the Twin Cities have reason to celebrate this summer. Not only is the Cedar Cultural Center bringing back its annual “African Summer” music series which…

World mourns Nigerian reggae legend Ras Kimono

World mourns Nigerian reggae legend Ras Kimono

Acclaimed reggae star Ras Kimono will be remembered for his contribution to the elevation of reggae in Nigeria. Ras Kimono, known for the hit singles ‘Under pressure’ and ‘We no…

FLEE No. 1 goes deep with Kenyan Benga

FLEE No. 1 goes deep with Kenyan Benga

Leave it to three young European scholars to upend “world music” marketing conventions and create a product that defies current formats, pairing the newly emergent vinyl disc with a magazine…

Abdullah Ibrahim takes stage at the Dakota Monday, April 16th

Abdullah Ibrahim takes stage at the Dakota Monday, April 16th

He spent the first two full minutes of our 13 minute interview laughing at the absurdity of my question. Simply put, after performing professionally for sixty-nine years, trotting around the…

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