African-Americans "have it good," Compared to Africans -­ Akon tells Al Jazeera

If relations between Africans and African-Americans can be described as tense at times, some of Akon’s views as told in his recent Al Jazeera might not help matters. In this Saturday’s episode of Talk To Al Jazeera, the five-time Grammy nominee tells Folly Bah Thibault that African-Americans should acknowledge “the rights… and the blessing they do, you know, have actual access to.” Elsewhere, he asks why dissatisfied African-Americans don’t “just go back […]



Watch P-Square's New Video 'Beautiful Onyinye' Remix featuring Rick Ross

Right now, P-Square is living out the prophecy of their album title Invasion. The Nigerian Konvict Music signees, having just < muscle training workouts a href=””>signed a distribution deal with Universal Music in South Africa, rope in Maybach Music bawse Rick Rozay for a verse on this remix for Beautiful Onyinye. Get it Akon! zp8497586rq



P Square Features Akon and May D - 'Chop My Money' (Video)

And so it begins. Akon’s Konvict Africa launches its takeover. Here comes a hit…


Ten Rappers Who'd Make "YO! MTV Raps Africa"

MTV will show a special edition of the iconic Hip-hop show “Yo MTV Raps” next month. We re-imagined the concept with an All-African cast, and came up with this list of names. Which other MCs would you include?


Akon signs Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie

And so continues Team Akon’s Africa invasion.  We hear via that the premier signee to  Konvict Africa Music is rising Ghanaian rap star Sarkodie. There’s also a more detailed heads up on Museke. Akon co-signs the move in this video. Hopefully this works out better than that Oh Africa debacle.


Keri Hilson + Akon: Oh Africa (fail!)

So Akon and Keri Hilson rounded up the Soweto Gospel Choir and came up with this play for FIFA world cup kudos, thinly disguised as a charity single in aid of the “underprivileged youth of Africa”. Yes, really. Really pretty colours and all but would you buy this song?


Jamhuri Wear video interview: Homecoming part 1

From a simple tusker t-shirt, Jeffrey Kimathi has grown Jamhuri Wear into Africa’s premier global street wear label. The Kenyan entrepreneur and designer meets AfriPOP! in the backyard of his South B suburb home in Nairobi, where he has returned for the first time since he left ten years ago. He describes the formative years, sketching the outline of the Kenyan urban landscape back then and narrating his own personal […]


Woah MAMA!: MTV Africa Music Awards uncut

The worst thing about made-for-TV shows is usually the duration. Counting some 11 acts billed to perform at the the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) –  that’s excluding Wyclef and Akon – and factoring in the inevitable downtime for set changes and fluffs, I prayed my attention span would co-operate. Pop the hood for a full account of the night that was MAMAs 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya.


MTV Africa Music Awards 2009 taps Akon

Akon is the latest US superstar to sign up for the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) with Zain. The Senegalese-American multi-platinum artist and producer is set to headline at the 2009 MAMA Awards in Nairobi, Kenya on 10 October, performing alongside Fugees’ alumnus Wyclef Jean and a host of Africa’s most celebrated contemporary artists including Wahu, M.I., Samini and Lira. Says Akon, ‘Africa is my heart. I feel especially blessed […]


New Sway on the way

Just as we wondered where’s the UK’s premiere BET best international Hiphop act (2006) Sway shows up with a new video. Still don’t know what that Akon collaboration led to (it’s really hit or miss with that guy), we do know for a fact he’ll be playing at the Lake of Stars festival in Malawi if you’re looking for something to do in the warm and sunny heart of Africa between 15 and […]