Root Down: Congolese MC Badi on Evolution, Identity and Fatherhood

“If you're a black man or muslim (people) discriminate against you (based on how you) look. In music if you try not to sound like other people they say ‘we don't understand’. I work hard to be different, because the only way to be different is to be yourself. And that's what my video reflects” Congolese MC Badi is breaking down the concept for his video (above) for Jump. Visually […]

 

"I really want to do a love story"- 'Pumzi' Director Wanuri Kahiu on New Ambitions

Wanuri Kahiu has been busy. The Kenyan film director has been putting work since the critical success of her  Focus Features Africa First short film Pumzi. Last month she gave a talk on the movie and  Afrofuturism at NYC’s Parsons The New School of Design. We had to snatch her up to discuss her own “futurism”! She talks to us about delving into adaptation screenwriting for the Nnedi Orokafor penned Who […]

 

Vogue Names Oroma Elewa 'Rising Style Star of 2011'

The high-fashion glossy crowns Nigerian-born editor Oroma Elewa one of it’s style stars of 2011.

 

BET Hiphop Awards' Naija Cypher (Video)

XO Senavoe, Iceprince, SauceKid, NaetoC, Mode9 and MI did the damn thing for the Naija male cypher. Who went the hardest?

 

Tyler the Creator is Half Nigerian? 3 More Things to Know About Him

Everyone’s buzzing about rapper Tyler, the Creator since his big win at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. We just find out he’s half-Nigerian. Here are a few more things to know about him.

 

AfriPOP! Chats: Asa on Her Imperfections and Album

AfriPOP! chats with Paris-based Nigerian vocalist Asa who has, in ‘Beautiful Imperfection’, one of the most enjoyable pop records out there. If you’re in South Africa next month you can catch her at the Arts Alive Festival. Pop the hood for the interview and more details.

 

Sade: Love Is Found (Video)

Watch the latest visual offering from the classic band

 

London Event: Afro Futures - Pumzi plus Q&A with Director Wanuri Kahiu

Come to the British library this month and meet one of Africa’s most important film talents, Waniru Kahiu. She will be talking Afrofuturism, science fiction. All the infor you need is under the hood.

 

London Event: Blitz the Ambassador @ Cargo

We’re ever so pleased to hear that Ghanaian via Brooklyn MC Blitz the Ambassador’s European hits the big smoke next month. Get the details and a taster for the gig underneath the hood.

 

5 Things You Should Know Right Now

What are we talking about? Madiba’s new book, Spoek Mathambo’s new deal, Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s new film, and of course, Amber Rose. Cos who isn’t? Catch up under the hood!

 

Shingai Shinowa Preps Her London-Brighton Bike Ride For Charity

Watch Shingai Shinowa get ready for her 72-mile bicycle journey, learn about the charity she is riding for and see some exclusive behind-scenes-pictures with one of our very favourite AfriPOP! stars ever.

 

Get to Know: Ghanaian-American Singer, Abena Koomson

AfriPOP! gets to know songstress Abena Koomson, who most recently played the role of Fela’s mother in the Broadway production…

 

NYC Event: Baloji x Pharoahe Monch @ Weeksville

If you’re in NYC this weekend, be sure to check out Baloji and Pharoahe Monch at Weeksville in Brooklyn. Two niiice emcees from two different continents, and it’s free, kid?! We’re so there.

 

Inspired: FreshlyGround in NYC

Loving the freshness of this backstage photo of Freshlyground before their performance at Summerstage in NYC. Click on the pic for more…

 

AfriPOP! Interview: Nneka on Nigerian Elections and African Artists

AfriPOP! recently sat down with Nneka to talk about the Nigerian elections, African artists in the West and what we can look forward to from her…