Jazz Mama

Africa in the Picture, the annual African film festival, has returned to Amsterdam with insightful movies, speakers, talks and people. attended the debate Congo x Amsterdam: celebrating the courage of women, a…


Afrikaaps: hip hopera and documentary

Our favorite destination in the Netherlands in the coming week is the theatre as the Afrikaaps ‘hip hopera’ is touring different cities. The cast is made up of heavyweights in South African hip…


Live at home with Baloji

If you couldn’t make it to last month’s edition of our annual Doin’ it in the Park festival, you missed out on an amazing gig by Baloji and his Orchestre de la Katuba….


Doin’ it in the Park: Gold Coast Trading Co X Africanhiphop

Imagine an Africanhiphop t-shirt designed by Gold Coast Trading Co? The brand run by Nigerian born Emeka Alams – known for his African inspired designs including the ‘Malawi’ t-shirt sported by The Very…


Watch the Throne turn Purple

‘Watch the throne’ is barely out but Jay-Z and Kanye got the world talking about their much awaited collabo, and by now it seems like most people downloaded a leaked copy that was shared on forums and torrent sites. This download included the cd booklet which mentions all the sources of the samples used to craft the beats. One of the samples was partly credited to South African composer Caiphus Semenya, whose compositions were used in Alex Hayley’s Roots and the soundtrack to the film Color Purple. For his work on the latter he received an Oscar, and now one of these songs has been sampled on a record that’s bound to make it big.


Doin’ it in the Park with Baloji & Secousse & Tolhuistuin present the third edition of our annual festival Doin’ it in the Park 2011. Sunday August 28 (afternoon/evening) it’s going down in Tolhuistuin (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) with Baloji & l’orchestre de la Katuba, Secousse, dj Threesixty, Afro Som Sistema & many more!! Don’t miss – join the Facebook event page for updates and read on for the full program.


Hip hop from Eastern Congo: Salaam Kivu All Stars

30 June 2011: DR Congo celebrates its 51st Independence Day, and a collective of rappers and singers from Eastern Congo launches their new track and video ‘Saisir l’avenir’ (Seize the future). The song and video were produced last year November during SKIFF (Salaam Kivu International Film Festival). ‘Saisir l’avenir’ is the first hip hop video from this part of the world to be presented to an international audience.


Salute to Leon Botha

Salute to South African hip hop pioneer Leon Botha, also known as dj $olarize. Leon passed away on the 5th of June from complications arising from progeria, the rare condition which he had…

African Hip Hop Jam @ Melkweg

On wednesday June 8, we present an African Hip Hop Jam in Melkweg (Amsterdam) with Waraba (Mauretanië) and Master Nomila (Senegal), Thoro Borough Symphony (Netherlands), dj Dr Ray (Ghana) and a screening of Hali Halisi: rap as an alternative medium in Tanzania.

Konono No 1 in Amsterdam: ticket giveaway

Konono No 1 are touring again, and this weekend they will play in the vicinity of headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands as part of the Shuffle.Play concert series. The ensemble from Kinshasa, known…

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