AfriPOP it or Drop it? Nigerian Singer Niyola Covers 'Drunk In Love'

Chances are that you have heard of this singer/songwriter more recently in her career because of the weight thrown behind her by Banky W, Nigeria’s favourite purveyor of smooth and boss of Empire Mates Entertainment records (Wizkid, Skales etc). Eniola “Niyola” Akinbo had her own thing going before assuming her current status as the first lady of E.M.E which, as industry rules would have it, affords her her best chance […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

DJ Edu Afrobeats Mixmaster Mash-up (Listen+Download)

Set your weekend off just right with the Mash-up master DJ Edu Tracklisting: Camp Mulla-Party Don’t Stop vs Maroon 5 ft Christina Aguilera-Moves Like Jagger Wizkid-Pakurumo Kof-Looking At Me (DJ Edu Mix) Djeff & Filipe Narciso-O Semba D’Banj-Oliver Twist vs Chris Brown-Forever Madtraxx-Ita Waiter Rihanna-We Found Love vs Dr Sid-Over The Moon Professor-Lento vs Beyonce-Run The World (Girls)

 

Why Beyonce's Pregnancy Makes African Mothers Proud

Did Beyonce do things “the right way”? First marriage, then baby. Here’s why African mum’s are loving her right now.

 

5 Things You Should Know Right Now

Beyonce looks to Fela for inspiration, Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu reveals the concept art for her new film, We love a new-sex-and-the-city-meets-Jerry-Maquire Naija drama, DJ Sarah Love at the V&A museum tonight. Pop the hood and join the conversation…

 

African Fabric Gets the Celeb Treatment

An “Afrocentric wind is rising” as declared by the New York Times. “To armchair travelers in the fashion world, many of whom are tapping the heritage of Kenya, Mali, Nigeria or Senegal in search of inspiration, Africa is playing the role that India had until recently, its themes embraced in the hope of making cash registers hum.”

 

Spotted: Beyonce rocking Ankara fabric

We’ll admit we love Bey as much as the next person so we were super excited when we spotted her rocking Ankara fabric while at shooting a video in Brazil.. Turns out it’s by New Jersey-based designer Maya A. Lake’s label Boxing Kitten. You may have seen little sister Solange rocking Ankara lately too. We’re so cosigning on this fashion direction. Wait, there’s more: 5 African Designers You Oughta Know […]