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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…

Spotify lands in Africa, South Africa to be exact

Spotify lands in Africa, South Africa to be exact

The music streaming company Spotify has launched in South Africa, its first entry into Africa. The company is making its services available at a time when smartphone use is becoming…

Focus on Mandela at upcoming Sommerfest 2018

Focus on Mandela at upcoming Sommerfest 2018

The Minnesota Orchestra will have Nelson Mandela as a focus in this year’s Sommerfest festival. It runs July 13 through August 1 at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis. The Minnesota…

Dandies to benefit north Minneapolis sewing collective

Dandies to benefit north Minneapolis sewing collective

The annual Dandies Project book release party is fast approaching and will be held in Minneapolis’s Warehouse District on Thursday, February 15 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. You don’t know what…

Hugh Masekela, musician and anti-apartheid freedom fighter, dies at 78

Hugh Masekela, musician and anti-apartheid freedom fighter, dies at 78

Hugh Masekela of South Africa, a celebrated musician famously known for his mastery of the trumpet and also an anti-apartheid fighter, died on Tuesday, January 23 in Johannesburg not far…

Vieux Farka Touré to play at the Dakota in Minneapolis on Valentines Week

Vieux Farka Touré to play at the Dakota in Minneapolis on Valentines Week

Vieux Farka Touré from Mali, commonly referred by Americans as “The Hendrix of the Sahara” will bring his vibrant sound to Minneapolis on February 17 at the Dakota for one…

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: We will warm you up and bring the sunshine from South Africa

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: We will warm you up and bring the sunshine from South Africa

Perennial Ladysmith Black Mambazo takes the stage for a two-night performance at the Ordway in St. Paul this coming February 22nd and 23rd, 2018. Evergreen and enduring describe their performance…

Warner Music in deal to stream catalog in East Africa

Warner Music in deal to stream catalog in East Africa

By Everlyne Mosongo of Music in Africa Warner Music Group has signed a licensing deal with Mdundo, one of Africa’s leading music service apps, to stream its catalog in Kenya,…

2018 Grammy nominations: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tinariwen and Lost Somali Tapes are in

2018 Grammy nominations: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tinariwen and Lost Somali Tapes are in

South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Mali’s Tinariwen have made a return to the Grammy nomination list. Grammy nominations were announced on Tuesday and both have been nominated in the…