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 […]

 

AfriPOP! Playlist: 5 Tunes We're Listening to This Week

We’re wrapping our week in the best eclectic sounds from the diaspora. Check out the 5 tunes we can’t get enough of this week, from South Africa (Gazelle, pictured above) to Kenya and Guinea. Listen in. Gazelle “Run” (South Africa/ Brooklyn) Gazelle – R.U.N (Featuring Jogyo & Devi Mambouka) by dm_517554946c655   Mwafreeka Ft. Dela “Stonga” (Kenya)   Oudy 1er “Tounki Fare” (Guinea)   Kagwe Mungai “Oleku” (Kenya)   Les […]

 

Vuvuzela Spotlight: Osekre & The Lucky Bastards

Be sure to catch Osekre and the Lucky Bastards at the Viva La Vuvuzela Festival in New York City, this Saturday, July 9th.

 

Africa Next: African Women Singers We Love

The African music scene is filled with legendary singers, from Miriam Makeba and Dorothy Masuka to Oumou Sangare and Angelique Kidjo. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we take a look at the next generation of African singers working their up to become legends…

 

Get to Know Ugandan reggae singer Jaqee

Although she currently resides in Berlin, singer-songwriter Jaqee reps Uganda, Sweden and Planet Kokoo. As she prepares to tour Sweden with Inna Jazzy State of Mind, A Tribute to Billie Holliday, followed by a 15-date tour of France, Jaqee stops off to talk to AfriPOP! about keeping it real and counting her blessings.

 

K'Naan + Afrikan Boy: T.I.A (remix)

“We keep hyenas and we love our AK…” This is Africa as rhymed by Afrikan Boy (and K’Naan at the end)  While you await our forthcoming interview with the self-proclaimed eba-eater, get a load of this twist on T.I.A.

 

Mpho Skeef's new heat

Always one to fight the stereotype, “Friday night in Brixton sounds like Friday night in Leeds” to South African via South African pop+soul+electro+whatever-she-feels-like-singer Mpho Skeef. Here’s a first listen for her new joint Box N Locks. Thoughts? [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unlcLj5mk4o]

 

Singing My Song: Loyiso Bala

South African R&B Singer eyes UK success If, like Loyiso Bala, my brother had masterminded one of the most successful Kwaito groups in South Africa, and I had the chance to be part of it, then that would have been my career path made.  Much easier than carving an R&B niche out of the local music landscape, which is what he did instead. Just because it’s one of those genres […]

 

Krukid the antihero

Part two of our Zipper Factory interviews. Ugandan emcee Krukid was recently tapped for the Rawkus 50, a list of the hottest underground emcee’s. Here he speaks on his first encounters with hip hop, being an African in America, and child soldiers. Afripop + Krukid [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.592934&w=425&h=350&fv=clip_id%3D1134984%26server%3Dwww.vimeo.com%26autoplay%3D0%26fullscreen%3D1%26md5%3D%26show_portrait%3D0%26show_title%3D0%26show_byline%3D0%26context%3D%26context_id%3D] more about "afriPOP 002: Afropolitan Society pt 2…", posted with vodpod

 

New Africa Live!

New Africa Live is a bimonthly showcase highlighting the best in new music, film and art from the continent. Held in NYC’s Zipper Factory Theater the concept was put together by Rwandes-Ugandan singer/songwriter Somi. This month’s showcase featured Ugandan emcee Krukid and Morrocan jazz vocalist, Malika Zarra. We caught up with the two pre-performance. Check out our interviews and meet Afripop’s girl-about-town, Mawuse Ziegbe who’s family hails from Ghana. Afripop […]

 

Get to know...

Since we’ve taken it upon ourselves to introduce you to the dynamic crop of young diasporic Africans making moves, be it in music, literature or visual artist, we couldn’t help but fall in love with this Canadian/South African singer, Zaki Ibrahim. A soul singer with an emcee’s heart, Zaki’s has performed with the likes of The Roots and South African hip hop group Tumi and the Volume. AfriPOP! recently caught […]