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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 lived with since birth. We first came to know Leon as a visual artist whose paintings...

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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.

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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 for their trademark sound based on amplified thumb piano (a.k.a. mbira, likembe, marimba or kalimba), did...

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Meta Dia

Senegalese singer Meta Dia grew up in Dakar listening to Gregory Isaacs, Bob Marley, James Brown and Senegalese traditional music on the radio. At a very young age he discovered his desire to be a musician, and over the next several years he nurtured his love and true appreciation...

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Akua Naru

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Born Latanya Hinton and raised in New Haven (USA), Akua Naru’s journey to internationally acclaimed hip hop artist has led her from the city’s Newhallville section to Cologne, Germany where she currently resides and creates music.

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Shad at Manifesto


Shad, real name Shadrach Kabango, was born in Kenya to Rwandan parents and is a bright, up-and-coming emcee from the city of London, Ontario (Canada). Early last summer our reporter Ado went to Manifesto which was like a warm-up event before the Brooklyn hip hop festival. Manifesto is a...

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M.anifest: Coming to America


Based in Minneapolis, M.anifest is an mc representing Ghana, Accra whose fame spread rapidly over the past few years through his solo releases as well as his work with Krukid and collabos with the likes of Richy Pitch. His name stands for ‘Music Always Needing Illumination For Every Soul...

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FELA live stream & afterparty


Coming thursday (Jan 13), Tuschinsky theater in Amsterdam, Netherlands will show a live stream of the FELA musical being performed in London.If you followed the news and blogs over the past months you’ll be aware that the off-Broadway production that ended up on Broadway was taken to London in...

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Gery Mendes (GMB) – Mr Entity


You may have seen the signs already: 2011 promises to be a good year for African hip hop. While there are many exciting releases, tours and pan African collabos lined up for the coming months by artists from all over the continent, African hip hop radio presenter Gery Mendes...

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