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Nobuntu delivers memorable performance at the Dakota

Nobuntu delivers memorable performance at the Dakota

The week before Thanksgiving and already our ears are thankful. Nobuntu’s performance at The Dakota in Minneapolis last November 21st drenched our senses as we sat in the audience. The…

Burna Boy, Angelique Kidjo among 2020 Grammy nominees

Burna Boy, Angelique Kidjo among 2020 Grammy nominees

The Grammy nominees were announced this week and, as usual, the Best World Music Album is between an album from Gilberto Gil, one of the Marley sons, Ladysmith Black Mambazo…

Nobuntu from Zimbabwe performing at the Dakota on November 21

Nobuntu from Zimbabwe performing at the Dakota on November 21

Zimbabwe’s female a cappela quintet Nobuntu will be back in Minneapolis on Thursday November 21, this time for their Dakota debut. The group has drawn international acclaim for its inventive…

Akothee to perform in Minnesota

Akothee to perform in Minnesota

Sabuya Music Promotion and Fresh Sounds Events will present a concert featuring Esther Akoth, commonly known as Akothee at the PurpleRose Event Place in Coon Rapids on November 1. Doors…

Chartwell Dutiro: 1957-2019

Chartwell Dutiro: 1957-2019

Chartwell Dutiro has joined the ancestors. More than a brilliant Zimbabwean mbira player and a pillar of Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited during their rise to international fame in…

Cape Verde’s Lucibela to make Minneapolis debut at the Dakota

Cape Verde’s Lucibela to make Minneapolis debut at the Dakota

Situated in Atlantic waters 350 miles from West Africa, over a half-million people live on the ten tiny islands of the Cabo Verde archipelago. Lush, soothing, monotonic music pours out…

KOKOKO! brings the energy and vibe of Kinshasa to The Cedar

KOKOKO! brings the energy and vibe of Kinshasa to The Cedar

From the Democratic Republic of the Congo, roughly the size of Alaska, hales a band with a sound to match the size of their country. KOKOKO!, formed only three years…

Interview: Muthoni Drummer Queen

Interview: Muthoni Drummer Queen

When you first meet Kenyan Muthoni Ndonga, A.K.A. Muthoni Drummer Queen (or MDQ, for short), you do feel like you are in the presence of a queen – a queen…

Atlantis 13 will feature at Momentum New Dance Festival

Atlantis 13 will feature at Momentum New Dance Festival

Choreographers Jonathan (AJ) van Arneman and Peace Madimutsa use the stories from hundreds of years ago, presenting the re-imagined story of a whitewashed history, where Black bodies share in a…

Salif Keita to be inducted into AfroPop Hall of Fame

Salif Keita to be inducted into AfroPop Hall of Fame

Malian singer, composer, poet, guitarist, bandleader and activist Salif Keita, “The Golden Voice of Africa,” will be performing at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell on…

Review: Africa Speaks

Review: Africa Speaks

Carlos Santana returns with an album released today on Concord Records. After collaborations with the Isley Brothers in 2017, and a 2014 album that featured different singers on each track,…

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