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 for an event. This year’s Beyoncé sighting once gain set tongues wagging in the media, got artists trés upset and […]

 

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 this […]

 

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 […]

 

5 Acts You Must See At Swaziland's MTN Bushfire Music Festival

This year’s Bushfire Festival line up is enough reason for any music lover to make their way to the beautiful kingdom of Swaziland. Here are just five of the artists we’re looking forward to seeing. The international headlining act is Colombian band Bomba Estéreo. Around since 2001, Bomba Estéreo describe their music as ‘electro tropical’, combining traditional Colombian, African and Caribbean rhythms of champeta and cumbia infused with Bogota’s underground electronic […]

 

Win double tickets to the Summer Sunday Sessions with MTVBase and the Hunter's Oasis Tour

South Africans have mastered the art of the chisa nyama: barbecued meat, an endless flow of drinks, loud laughter and the perfect beats best served on a Sunday afternoon. MTVBase Africa has joined the party, hosting the first Summer Sunday session as part of the Hunter’s Oasis Tour. Taking place at the perfect setting at Sedibeng in Meadowlands, Soweto, chart-topping vocalist Donald will be there to sing his hits ‘I […]

 

21 Writers You Should Know

These are the women you need to read. This list of writers we feel you should get to know is by no what is viagra soft tabs means exhaustive, but is made up of authors we feel represent best the diversity of some cheap cialis online of the women of African descent who have taken up their pens and given us fresh perspectives. This time around, it’s woman-centred. The women […]

 

AfriPOP! Socialite: Meet MrBasabose

As the publisher of the much needed and ever informed Le Congolais CD, Nicolas-Patience Basabose, better known as MrBasabose, continues to be a voice for the voiceless in Congo in bringing real time reporting from the ground.   buy purchase viagra Real Name: Nicolas-Patience Basabose (the person) or Bentley Lumumba (the writer) Online Name/ Twitter handle: Nicolas-Patience Basabose / @MrBasabose Where are you from/live? Originally from the DR Congo / […]

 

AfriPOP! Socialite: Jepchumba aka Digital African

How I met this week’s AfriPOP! socialite is a testament to why we run this series. I’m not sure how I came across her but Jepchumba had literally just packed up her London life having completed her Masters’ degree in Digital Media, and was taking th buy generic viagra e next flight back to the US. We were looking for someone to give AfriPOP! a facelift and it turned out […]

 

AfriPOP it or Drop it? Tiwa Savage's Breakthrough Smash 'Kele Kele' in a UK Funky Stylee

By now you all know it mexican pharmacy doesn’t take very much for me to do a post on Tiwa Savage. She could be crossing the street to get the paper, and I wou Meditation Power – Acoustic Brainwave Activation ld find a way to make an event of it. It’s real love I tell ya. Kele Kele came out in 2010, and pretty much owned 2011. It’s the song […]

 

AfriPOP It or Drop It? Ghanaian Singer Efya Covers 'I Will Always Love You' (Video)

Who can forget that piercing moment when on February 18 2012, Whitney Houston's casket was carried out the Newark, New Jersey church where she first sang as a little girl. 'I Will Always Love You', eerily and fittingly scored this heart-wrenching finale as the world said goodbye to one of the most influential voices of all time. Nigerian lifestyle site Ndani TV recorded Ghanaian singer