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Soweto Gospel Choir takes home another Grammy

The Soweto Gospel Choir took home the Grammy Award for “Best World Music Album”, for their latest album ‘Freedom’, which they released in September 2018. The 61st Grammys ceremony took…

Mavin Records and Kupanda Holdings announce partnership

Mavin Records and Kupanda Holdings announce partnership

Lagos-based music label, Mavin Records, has joined in a multi million dollar investment partnership to create more opportunities for African music. The new venture will be called Mavin Global, a…

Oliver Mtukudzi dies at 66

Oliver Mtukudzi dies at 66

Courtesy AfroPop The African music community was shocked yesterday to learn of the untimely death of one of the continent’s greatest musicians, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi of Zimbabwe. In his 66…

Angelique Kidjo: I have a feeling of breathing that lifts me up in Minnesota

Angelique Kidjo: I have a feeling of breathing that lifts me up in Minnesota

Like a stone skimming across the surface of the waters, songstress of Benin and Africa, Angelique Kidjo, will skate across the City of Lakes as she tours the States from…

Netflix to add African originals

Netflix to add African originals

Erik Barmack, Netflix’s vice president of international originals has announced that in 2019 the streaming giant will order original series from Africa to add to its international originals list that…

Oscars 2019 shortlist has Black Panther

Oscars 2019 shortlist has Black Panther

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday announced the shortlists for nine Oscar categories. This is the first time the Academy has released all of its shortlists…

Nigeria tops Apple’s A-list of African Music for 2018

Nigeria tops Apple’s A-list of African Music for 2018

Apple this week released its first ever A-list of African music. The 49-song list is a hit list of music popular in the continent with all of the songs collectively…

United Nations lists reggae music as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’

United Nations lists reggae music as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has added reggae to its list of cultural institutions worthy of protection and preservation. Each year, UNESCO adds to its Representative List…

Free Sunday after Thanksgiving African Diaspora Music Showcase

Free Sunday after Thanksgiving African Diaspora Music Showcase

The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis will present an African Diaspora Music Showcase featuring Carolyne Naomi, Temezgen, Amjet Kemet the Sunday after Thanksgiving on November 25. The three were supposed…

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…