MNEK Releases 'Wrote a Song About You' Video + 'In Your Clouds' (audio)

MNEK has released the video for his 90s R&B/house-inspired  single, “Wrote A Song About You,” which is his first official release from his upcoming album on Virgin/EMI. The song premiered on Annie Mac’s radio show on BBC 1 in mid-June and has already inspired several offshoots, most notably, the Kaytranada edition, the Clutch Remix, a deep and smooth Leo Kalyan rejig, another by Shift K3Y and more recently, a remix […]

 

Africa Magic Launches Portal in the U.S

As part of their global expansion, Africa Magic has launched a video on demand package called Africa Magic Go (AMGO) in the United States targeting the African diaspora in the United States. For $8 a month, viewers can stream original African programming for 24 hours. Some of the shows that will be available include Nigeria’s biggest soap opera Tinsel and the daily entertainment news show 53 Extra. There are also […]

 

Bringing fire to Swaziland - Recapping the MTN Bushfire Festival [MULTIMEDIA]

Guest blogger and AfriPOP! festival correspondent Hlonela Lupuwana takes us along to her weekend at the MTN Bushfire Festival in Swaziland.  Eighteen years later and they brought the house down at this year’s Bushfire Festival in Swaziland. Bongo Maffin remains the eccentric and vibrant group we all know and love and a group that has mastered the art of making 18-year-old songs sound spanking brand new. Yes! Jah -once Apple- […]

 

Win Tickets For A Heavyweight Line-up at the MTV MAMAs + MiCasa, Flava and DJ Tira talk winning (maybe)

MTV Base Africa definitely does not use the term “star studded line-up” lightly. In the past week, MTV announced act after act of international performers who will be descending on Durban on the 7th of June. First MTV Base Africa announced that R&B it-boy Miguel would be performing alongside Africa’s best. “What I love most about Africa is the people and the spirit there.  What makes me most proud to […]

 

Bongo Maffin brings back the fire - Bushfire 2014

“Aw, remember when That’ Isigubhu came out and then we…” – way too many stories have begun like this with lovers of the legendary South African kwaito group Bongo Maffin clinging desperately to the good ol’ days. After years of pleas Thandiswa Mazwai, Stoan, Jahseed and (eight years after he left the collective) Speedy return to the stage at the 2014 MTN Bushfire festival. The quartet have been in studio […]

 

Women We Love Who Are Funny (And African)

So maybe Lorne Michaels does think women who aren’t named Tina Fey can be funny after all. The recent brouhaha about black American female comedians being asked to audition for spots on Saturday Night Live has pointed out the lack of diversity (and complacency in it) in the mainstream entertainment industry. But, on Youtube, women of all races have been thriving with not only clips of their stand-up comedy sets […]

 

 
 
 

"No More Labels" - Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu's TEDxEuston Talk (Video)

In the works for new mama and film maker Wanuri Kahiu are a documentary on Kenyan electro-pop group Just A Band, and a feature-length adaptation of Jambula Tree, the 2007 Caine Prize-winning short story by Ugandan author Monica Arac de Nyeko about two adolescent girls in a romantic relationship. Meanwhile, last December TedxEuston  hosted Kahiu, who gave this talk challenging the limiting effect of the prefix “afro” when ascribing identity. ps: Watch the […]

 

AfriPOP! Selects: Boddhi Satva Runs Down 2013's 10 Hottest Afro House Tracks

2013 is the year that Afro house music started to make inroads in mainstream music across African territories. South Africa’s well established sound and scene were at the centre of this trend with its more commercial vocal outfits such as Mafikizolo, Liquideep and Micasa not only touring but also charting in several African countries – more than we’ve seen before. (Expect to see more collaborations between acts from different African […]

 

The 2013 African Literature Highlights

It’s been another exciting year for literature on the continent. Authors have continued to challenge the bounds of their creativity and prove that the generic term “African literature” is something of a misnomer. Here are some of our favorite moments of 2013: The ubiquity of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 2013 was easily Chimamanda’s most prolific yeah. Her novel Americanah, effectively a love story that explores the experience of living in America […]

 

Have the Nigerians Truly Arrived?

(photo credit: Cuppy Music) This much buzzed-about article in the December issue of Tatler (UK), is titled “The Nigerians Have Arrived”, and the first thing I want to point out is that they have always been there. Conspicuous wealth always seems to puzzle, fascinate and concurrently dismay most people. If you are not rich, (most of ‘us’) you always wonder how someone else arrived at that destination (very few of […]

 

Why Do South African Government Officials Love Beyoncé So Much?

(Photo credit: Robin Harper) Beyoncé is big. Huge. She’s like the Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman huge. She’s so big, every time we in South Africa have a celebration, be it sports awards or twenty (20!!!!) years of democracy – her name is bandied about as a possible headliner Really fabulously write-up buy erythromycin online no prescription Foolishly other all prednisone sale sunsethillsacupuncture.com soon-to-be! Hands-free all bumpies cymbalta without […]

 

Africa Tech: "Decoded" Brings African Lyrics to the Masses

Woe is thou if you are still out there struggling to find lyrics of your favorite African songs. Or even further, trying to ask someone in the song’s video Youtube comments to translate what a specific line means. We’ve all been there. Decoded, an African music lyric platform, is here to do all the hard work for you. Founded by Julius Sea and one of our AfriPOP! Socialites Chika Uwazie […]

 

Brenda Fassie Comes to Life at the Hansa Legends Concert. Win Tickets!

Brenda Fassie makes a posthumous appearance in Johannesburg this week. Sort of. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, (an idea probably inspired by the headline-grabbing show at Coachella last year which resurrected Tupac), South Africa’s queen of pop, who died in May 2004 from a drug overdose, will come to life embodied by an actress singing two of her most popular hits in a ten-minute video. Our guess is […]

 

Dr Malinga Kicks High With Hunter’s Oasis Tour and MTVBase. Win Double Tickets!

The remix of the classic bubble-gum track Via Orlando arguably became South Africa’s summer anthem this year. This weekend MTV Base takes DJs Vetkuk and Mahoota’s banger quite literally when the Hunter’s Oasis Tour takes a turn at Chaf Pozi in Orlando East, Soweto. And none other than the high-kicking, pastel-coloured safari suit wearing Dr Malinga will be there for a special appearance alongside the veteran DJs. The chisa nyama […]

 

Why SXSW Matters to Africa (and Vice-Versa)

(Editor’s Note: this piece focuses strictly on SXSW music though many of the topics discussed can be applied to other parts of the festival. Photo taken from Society HAE‘s Africa or Bust! Content. Monetization. Opportunity panel. So AfriPOP! is covering SXSW! yippee-da-dooo If you are like a majority of our readers, then you are not in Austin for the weeks-long festival, and you are wondering why you should care. It […]